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The Café Conversations event was like political speed dating; where candidates from various parties got to speak directly to families and people with a learning disability for a limited time.

Candidates were able to hear concerns about issues affecting people with a learning disability and answer any questions, before they had to move on to the next table and the next group of people.

Margaret Kelly, Director of Mencap Northern Ireland said: “Café Conversations is speed dating for politicians and an informal way for families and people with a learning disability to speak directly to prospective MLA’s about issues that affect people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Mencap want to see people with a learning disability included and valued equally in Northern Ireland society.

In addition to his Ben has led work for automotive, nonprofit, FMCG and financial services clients.Initially, my friend Dan suggested a 'lock and key' party, apparently this is where men are given keys and mandated to find the correct lock. It was a metaphorical enactment of the whole dating scene - and frankly, it sounded creepy. I knew that my looks were fit for purpose, and my personality serviceable - but I didn't know if I could deliver in such short bursts, I was a slow burn.I can imagine the facilitators rolling their eyes as yet another oaf mutters 'can I stick this in? I felt bravery was required, so Dan and I met for drinks beforehand.Trust me, after the first speeddate or two (and after the first drink or two!) you will realise it’s a really fun and easy going singles event with other friendly singles.

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