Looking for Love, Friendship or Both?
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Frequently Asked Questions
What makes you different to dating sites?
Meet 'N' Match is not a dating site, we are real people matching you with likeminded companions. We provide support before, during and after a date and can advise and support you to continue dating. Our trained matchmakers and chaperones are with you every step of the way, from the initial contact, during the date and we will follow up after the date too.
What is a chaperone?
A chaperone is an ordinary person, trained by us, to support people with learning disabilities on dates and friendship matches. Once we have found you a suitable match and both parties have agreed to go on a date, a chaperone will be allocated to you. The chaperone will make contact with you before the date to confirm the arrangements and to check how you are feeling. They will meet you on the date and introduce you to the person you are meeting. They can help with practical issues, such as helping to read menus, or count out money, and emotional issues, such as what to talk about and what to do next.
Will the chaperone leave us alone to talk?
Absolutely! The chaperone is there to make your date as enjoyable and stress free as possible, but they are not on the date with you. They will be at the venue that you chose, perhaps at another table if it is in a cafe or coffee shop. Other people will not know that you have a chaperone with you. If you need support, your support worker can also sit with the chaperone, so that you get an opportunity to talk to your date on your own.
How long will it take to find me a date?
We do everything that we can to try and find you a suitable match, however, there is no guarantee that we will find you a date. Some people are matched quite quickly, where other people have had to wait for a few months, and some people have not had a match found at all. Successful matches depend on who we have on our books, and also how open you are to meeting somebody. If you are too particular about what you are looking for, we may struggle to find that exact person. Be open about who you would like to meet, and how far you are willing to travel, you may surprise yourself and find the love of your life, or a lifetime friend!
Where do you operate?
We launched as a Lancashire based agency in 2016, however launched into Greater Manchester in 2019. We aim to grow our membership into neighbouring counties, enabling more people to make new connections, because after all, you don't need a passport to travel across the North West.