Be Aware Be Safe Project Makes the News

On Friday our Be Aware Be Safe trainers did their roadshow all about adult abuse to a packed house at Hugh Baird College.

Our Be Aware Be Safe project was funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cashback Fund and Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke came along to see what we have been up to.

The roadshow also got the attention of the press with Peter Lane from Channel 5 News and Andy Bonner from Granada Reports were both on hand to film the roadshow and interview people afterwards!

We were really proud of seeing Phil Hume, Michael Reid and Racheal Roy on both the local and national news on Friday evening talking all about how important it is for adults with learning disabilities to recognise abuse and know who they can speak to!

Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke said:

“This is a fantastic scheme which is a win-win for all involved. It gives users of the service a real sense of purpose and develops skills in public speaking and education, while those attending are given the knowledge and tools they need to spot abuse of themselves and others and take the right action.

It is great that the force is in a position to support them in delivering this vital work. Our number one priority is protecting the public and in particular vulnerable members of the community, and the Be Aware Be Safe project is a brilliant example of an organisation supporting this work.”

Karen Brumskill, Project Development Worker for the Be Aware Be Safe project, said:

“The presentation is designed to make sure people with a broad range of learning disabilities are aware of the circumstances abuse can happen, and the forms it can take.

It may be physical violence, sexual assault, financial or emotional abuse and could happen in public or in a domestic environment.

Perhaps most importantly it advises people on where they can turn if they need help, and the main agencies there to support anyone who is the victim of abuse.

This gives people with a learning disability the chance to learn about different types of abuse and how to protect themselves.

The difference with this initiative is that it is peer-led and we know from experience that this is a more effective way of getting the messages across.”

We also owe a big thank you to Rachel Caswell, Hugh Baird College Learning for Life Coordinator, for all of her work in making Friday’s roadshow possible.

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