Lisburn Links is a service for adults with a learning disability. Activities are usually in the afternoons and evenings. There are a variety of activities including personal development courses, social activities and outings. All of our activities , outings and programmes aim to promote independence and confidence in being a part of our local community. Lisburn Links also provides a great opportunity to meet new people and develop friendships.
For further information about Lisburn Links Contact
Service Coordinator: Carolyn Jamison 028 9267 0918
“Before Lisburn Links I spent most of my time by myself. I didn’t really like school and didn’t have many friends when I was there. When I finished school MENCAP helped me to get a job that I really love, but even then I just went to work and then home again.
I was one of the first people in Lisburn Links when it started, and came in with my mum to meet the staff. I was very nervous before the first meeting as I wasn’t sure what to expect and wasn’t sure that it would be for me.
At first I came along to cookery and a social skills group. In those first few sessions I found people a lot like me, and after a few weeks there was talking to others and forming friendships.
With the group I started using public transport, visiting places and trying out new activities that really boosted my confidence.
During my time at Lisburn Links I met my first proper girlfriend. Now we spend a lot of time together both at Lisburn Links and in our time off. We go out and do things every day! On our own we have used public transport to visit, Portrush, Newcastle, the Zoo and many towns around Northern Ireland, we love to get out and explore.
My life is so different now. My life is busy and adventurous, I have people I care about and who care about me. Lisburn Links has encouraged me through this journey.”
“I am Jamie, I guess you could say I am pretty fun loving and outgoing, some people find it hard to tell that I have a learning disability. I went to mainstream school and enjoyed being around people and going to activities like badminton and dancing, but I usually didn’t spend time with friends outside of activities.
When I left school I still enjoyed my activities, but found that the people my age moved on and that I was left with a lot of younger people in my group. I enjoyed courses that would eventually help me to get a job in catering, but when it was finished I usually found myself walking into town and spending a lot of time by myself. I was definitely lonely.
My social worker told me about Lisburn Links. When I found out about it I was pretty excited, but also a bit nervous. I wasn’t sure what everyone would be like. Within a few minutes on the very first day I knew it was the place for me. I was talking away to people and now I suppose you would say that I am one of the hyper ones.
We do loads of activities and have a laugh. I spend time with my friends in planned activities that we all enjoy, but also hang out at other times. I feel like I finally have a social life.
As well as the fun and the friends I have learnt so much during my time at Lisburn Links. I have done cookery, relationships education, money management, personal development, IT and animation.
I love working and spending time with my family but Lisburn Links is my social life.”