More Safe Places for people with learning disabilities in Derbyshire are to be created in six towns across the county, thanks to help from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund.
Commissioner Alan Charles, who will be launching this latest development of the Safe Places scheme at a celebration event on Thursday (26 February), has provided a grant of £22,394 for the project to help those who are vulnerable to crime.
This money will support the existing work of MacIntyre’s “Reps on Board” Keeping Safe Project in finding more Safe Places for people with learning disabilities to visit if they need help.
Commissioner Charles commented: “This is a doubly worthwhile project which I am proud to support. Not only does it aim to protect those with learning disabilities by reducing their vulnerability to crime, but at the same time it gives them the chance to become actively involved in the scheme and help it grow.
“Taking part will, I feel sure, bring them enormous satisfaction in having valued roles to play within their communities. Feeling part of a community is a major step towards increasing self-confidence in so many ways.”
As the project expands its work, it will be looking for three new safe places in each of six towns – and inviting people with a learning disability to help. An important part of the scheme involves helping to improve the confidence of participants and helping them gain greater independence. Training sessions are also being organised for more than 250 people.
The Reps on Board Project aims to support community integration for people with a learning disability in six partnership board areas. It works alongside Derbyshire County Council’s Safer Derbyshire team to promote the Safe Places scheme together with businesses across Derbyshire.
People attending the celebration event on Thursday will include those with learning disabilities, their carers and supporters along with other professionals and members of the Safe Places Project. There will also be a number of Keeping Safe Champions – people with a learning disability who help run workshops at the MacIntyre project.
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Posted on Wednesday 25th February 2015