Friends For Life

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Who Are We?

We are a friendship group for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, and autism spectrum conditions. If you want to make friends and share the same interests, everyone is welcome. Why not come and join us!

'Making friends, making memories'

iFly excursion

We go where you would like to go – whether up town, to the country or city, or the seaside. As well as exciting events all year round, we can help you make lasting friendships. We can help you to find events and activities in your local area.

This is how we do it!

How we started

In Spring 2018 the people we support at Future Directions told us that they wanted to make more friends and have lots of things to do.

Chester Zoo outing.

A group of people supported by Future Directions looked at how we could make things a lot better. The group decided to form the ‘Friends for Life’ group. The group came up with lots of ideas from meeting up monthly to having bigger events throughout the year where people can meet new people and see old friends.

Funding from the National Lottery

The group was successful and awarded a Big Lottery Fund ‘Reaching Communities’ fund of £66,252.00, this is to support the project for two years.

What do we do?

Do you like what we do?

Chester Zoo outing.

If you are interested in Friends For Life, or like to know more about our events, please get in touch with Kim Barrett, our Personalisation Lead on 0161 769 9000. Or you could email her via

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