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Stay Safe: Top Advice Against the Bullies
Friday 16th April, 2010

Stay Safe: Top Advice Against the Bullies
Pictured left to right Claire Hodson and Susan Bannister give thumbs up for the event

Wigan Council and Voice UK joined forces to host a Keeping Safe Workshop at Golborne.

The free one-day event was designed especially for people with learning disabilities who might experience bullying or harassment. It is also aimed at the professionals who support them.

Vulnerable people who experience such situations such as name calling and harassment could be seen as victims of disability hate crime.

People from across the borough who went to the workshop learnt how to keep themselves safe at home and on public transport. They were also told that they could go to the police if they experience harassment. Entertaining and informative quizzes gave carefully pitched advice to people of all abilities about when it is appropriate to use 999, and when to use other numbers to report crime.

Paula Daley from the council’s Housing Policy team organised the event. She says: “This is a big issue affecting vulnerable people living across the borough. We want to raise awareness about disability hate crime. It’s important that people with learning disabilities know what to do in such intimidating situations. We wanted to join forces and it stamp out.”

Susan Bannister attended the course. She says: “I’ve really enjoyed today and found it incredibly helpful. I know feel confident to know what to do the next time this happens to me. I am going to tell all my friends about it. I wish I’d learnt about this years ago.”

Voice UK provide support for vulnerable victims of crime. Their regional co-ordinator James Gibbs was at the Golborne event. He adds: “It was a great to meet so many local people and tell them about the project and what local organisations are doing to support vulnerable people. It’s important that we all work together to stamp out disability hate crime once and for all. You can talk to Voice on 080 8802 8686.”

For more information on how to prevent please contact Paula Daley on 01942 828 806



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