Bournemouth People First
Bournemouth People First is a charity established to support people with learning disabilities , and is run by the members. There are currently 535 members.
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One of the key aims of the organisation since it was established has been to help the learning disabled ( LD ) community feel safe in the community. The PCC granted funding to faciliatate a Safety Together Event , at Streetwise Bourrnemouth which brought togther LD adults from across the county together with representatives from protecting and safeguarding agencies such as Dorset Police and Victim Support. The event taught life skills and promoted awareness of community safety to all those who attended and was able to raise awareness of how to keep safe which helped reduce vulnerability and the fear of becoming the victim of crime for attendees.
Sessions delivered by Dorset Police officers included topics such as how to report incidents or concerns and advice about the support available should they ever become a victim or witness of a crime.The day also covered a number of scenarios such as travelling safely on a bus, how to stay safe in a social situation such as drinking in a bar and internet safety.
Attendees at the sessions were asked what they had learnt and below are some of their responses:
- “You can get in touch with the Police online or on the phone with 101”
- “Never make personal details like emails and phone numbers public”
- “If you are a victim, report it to your carer, the police or a friend who can help”
Amanda Parsons, support manager at People First Bournemouth, praised the event, saying : “This project will give people with learning disabilities the confidence to speak up and feel safer in the wider community. It will create greater awareness of how to report any crimes and learn about the support available”.