Our customers with Learning Disabilities in Pitsea recently had the chance to attend our workshop around Hate Crime and Staying Safe.

The event was a great opportunity for both customers and staff to hear from someone with first-hand experience of some of the issues our learning disabilities customers can face. The workshop was recommended to us at the Essex and London Care & Support Regional Forum by Daniel French, one of our customers from Harold Wood Hall in Havering.

Mark Brookes, who himself has a learning disability, delivered the workshop. Mark has a keen interest in ensuring people with learning difficulties are safe as well as remaining independent. He often gives talks on disability hate crime, and he is also an advocate of equal treatment for people with learning disabilities. Mark is employed by Dimensions as a Quality Auditor, a role which sees him visiting services to make sure people are supported in a personalised way.

17 customers and 6 support staff attended the workshop which explained how to identify hate crime and how people can report it. Participants worked together as a group around staying safe, both in your home and in the community.

The feedback we received was very positive and it seems that, as well as learning a lot, the participants felt it was good fun, especially the group work.

When asked if he had learnt anything new today, Tony Turner said that the workshop made him feel “encouraged to report such crime”, and when asked if she would recommend the workshop to other people with learning disabilities, Sharon Winship said “Yes. It would help them if they have been through bad times”.