An Accrington-based community interest company is spreading the love with the launch of its 2024 Valentine’s Day campaign to support adults with learning disabilities.

Spring into Action believes in the power of love and kindness to creative positive change in the community.

Through it’s Meet 'n' Match service, a friendship and dating agency, it supports adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults to find meaningful connections for friendship and romance.

Lucy Hamlin, managing director of Spring into Action, said: “We all love, love, so it would mean so much if everyone got involved.

"Donations play a crucial role in making the charity’s events memorable and impactful.

"We would also love to hear from businesses that are interested in supporting us long term, or an official sponsor at one of our events.

"Our work makes a real difference to the people that we support. It enables them to make new connections, reduce social isolation and improves their confidence.”

The Meet 'n' Match project provides support throughout memberships, assisting people to make arrangements, as well as providing a chaperoned first date and ongoing support.

It also runs social activities, like pub nights, discos, and evening activities to support people to have a great night out in a safe environment.

The project has supported 300 people over the past year; one participant at the event in Clitheroe, named 'J', said: "Attending Meet 'n' Match, makes me feel included and valid."

Spring into Action is committed to creating a world where every individual, regardless of their abilities, feels valued and empowered to fully participate in life.

Its focus is on nurturing positive, healthy relationships, fostering equity, and developing essential life skills and dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to access the community, build lasting friendships, and enjoy services that are friendly, fun, and enriching.

Businesses could also host one of the charity’s collection boxes, to be collected by its team at the end of the campaign.