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New friendship and dating site for adults with disabilities from BME backgrounds launched

Chat and Mingle A new website has launched that gives people with disabilities from various black and minority ethnic backgrounds the chance to connect with each other.

Chat and Mingle UK (www.chatandmingle.co.uk) seeks to improve users’ lives by giving them opportunities to meet people, build relationships and love their life.

Debbiani Ghosh, founder of Chat and Mingle, said: “I have worked in the sector for some 7 years now and have become increasingly aware of how isolated some clients feel. I wanted to create a space where users feel safe.”

From as little as £6 per month, users can match with profiles that match their own, and can, as the name suggests, chat and mingle and build friendships. The website includes a range of features: search, multiple communication channels and events, among others.

In addition, there are weekly advice blogs, with topics ranging from what to wear in a wheelchair to financial advice.

Chat and Mingle users can also call on support from the team to help create profiles. Carers or parents of disabled members can also join for free, in order to help set up dates and meetings, and help them to find friends.

Users can choose between friendship, relationship or marriage and use the blogs section to talk about their experiences.

“I know that sharing cultural backgrounds is important to many communities,” added Ghosh. “This gives our users some common ground to discuss via the site, or in person. It’s heart-warming to see users taking the plunge and signing up to meet new people.”

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