21 June 2011

People with learning disabilities will be talking about their experiences of hate crime as part of events planned for this year’s national Learning Disability Week (20th to 26th June).

National Learning Disability Week is supported by Mencap who are launching a three-year campaign to tackle disability hate crime called Stand by Me which aims to challenge authorities to end hate crime against people with a learning disability within a generation.

The Stand by Me campaign will also recognise the role of the public to stand by people with a learning disability to end violence and abuse.

In Northamptonshire a day of events has been planned by the Learning Disability Partnership Board for Thursday 23rd June to raise public and professional awareness of both hate crime and the county’s Keep Safe Card scheme which has seen 450 people sign up since it was launched in March.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grosvenor Centre, Northampton

Public awareness event to promote:

  • Raising awareness of hate crime
  • Northamptonshire’s Keep Safe Card
  • Mencap’s Stand By Me campaign

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tour of Northampton town centre to view some of the town’s Keep Safe Places The tour will be joined by Alex Bell MBE, Miaise Plumb and Dawn Line, leads for Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board’s (LDPB) Keep Safe Group.
Tour includes:
  • Central Library, Northampton
  • Grosvenor Centre to include official signing of Police Promise
  • One Stop shop, Northampton Borough Council
  • Sessions House, Northamptonshire County Council

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Blue Room, County Hall, Northampton

Informal meeting with people with learning disabilities, families and supporters who will share their experiences of hate crime with official visitors

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Blue Room, County Hall, Northampton

An open discussion with members of the Keeping Safe group to show the local DVD and discuss the launch of the Keep Safe Cards and the learning disability awareness training.

Keep Safe Card Scheme

The Keep Safe card scheme was jointly developed by the Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB), Mencap, Northamptonshire County Council and Northants Police for anyone in Northamptonshire with a Learning Disability.

The scheme is designed to make people more aware of their personal safety, to encourage reporting of crime especially hate crime, and to seek help if they need it. It will also help those providing assistance, such as librarians and the Police, to access support for the user of the card and understand how to make them feel safer.

If the card holder needs assistance, whether they are lost, a victim of crime or any situation that means they need some extra support, they can use the card to access this help. The card will hold basic information about the individual such as how they communicate, any health issues and any emergency contacts such as parents or carers.

This scheme has also identified local libraries and police stations as Keep Safe places. They all have the Keep Safe logo displayed in their window and if a card holder presents it to someone working at a Keep Safe place, assistance can be accessed quickly and easily.

For more information about the Keep Safe card scheme visit the Northamptonshire Police website.