Lorraine Stanley, a disabled woman in Poole, Dorset - is researching the subject of sex and disability. Having hunted high and low for support and guidance on this subject, and finding very little accessible help, Lorraine decided to be pro-active, and run several sex and disability discussion groups at her local independent living centre. Positive feedback received from delegates, made it clear that the subject would require more research. This showed health and social care professionals had a lack of knowledge and understanding of the obstacles faced by people with disabilities; when it comes to a fulfilling intimate and sexual life, solo or otherwise.
Sex With a Difference has evolved from a local small voluntary project, into a fledgeling Community Interest Company (C.I.C). This reflects the need for a professional, business approach to fill the gap between the requirements of the Disabled Community, currently not being met by service providers. We consciously kept "sex" in the title of the company as a demonstration of the fact that sex is something that can be openly discussed, and should not be swept under the carpet.
The company was incorporated in Febuary 2014, and is currently liaising with Job Centre Plus, and Access To Work, for grant funding to enable trading to begin.