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Commissioner welcomes growth of Safe Places to protect the vulnerable from hate crime

Safe Place Launch

Alan Charles with ‘Champions’ Alan, Catherine, Janette and Gaynor

Long Eaton, Shirebrook, Chesterfield, Ripley, Glossop and Swadlincote will soon be adding to the growing number of ‘safe places’ for people vulnerable to hate crime.

This latest development of MacIntyre’s ‘Reps on Board’ Keeping Safe Project’ is being made possible with the help of a £22,394 grant presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.

The Commissioner, who launched this most recent extension to the scheme at a celebration event last Thursday (26 February), thanked everyone involved for their commitment and hard work in helping to keep people with learning disabilities safe from harm within Derbyshire’s communities.

He was delighted to see so many people at the celebration eager to take part in the scheme, and the event was well attended by people with learning disabilities, their carers and supporters.

Mr Charles describes the project as ‘doubly worthwhile’ and one which he is proud to support. “Not only does it aim to protect those who are vulnerable to crime but it gives participants of the scheme the satisfaction that comes of being actively involved,” he said.

Alison Wright, Training and Development Co-ordinator for MacIntyre - Reps on Board – said:  "People with a learning disability can feel daunted by a lone trip into town.  This grant will enable us to quickly boost the number of Safe Places we have across Derbyshire and people will feel reassured that they can seek help should they ever need it."

Three safe places in each of the six partnership areas – whose names were announced by members of the Reps on Board team together with its ‘Keeping Safe Champions’ – will be selected through consultation with group members. Staff will then receive full training on how to support and advise those who need a safe place to go to.

The Reps on Board Project aims to support community integration for people with a learning disability. It works alongside Derbyshire County Council’s Safer Derbyshire team to promote the Safer Places scheme together with businesses across the county.

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Posted on Thursday 5th March 2015
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