This year’s Learning Disability Week (18 – 24 June 2012) was very special to us at ARC because the topic for 2012 was hate and mate crime and we’ve been campaigning against mate crime for over three years with the Safety Net project.
The Safety Net project has created awareness of mate crime for people with a learning disability, carers, professionals and the wider community. The Safety Net Project workers achieved this by delivering Friend or Fake training, producing an Easy Read Guidance Booklet and a Friend or Fake Trainer’s CD on hate and mate crime. During Learning Disability Week last year they also marched to take a stand against hate and mate crime.
What did ARC do this Learning Disability Week?
This year, Safety Net Project Officer, Rod Landman, and volunteers Patrick and Will staffed a stand in Green Lanes Shopping Centre, North Devon on Tuesday 19 June to collect signatures for a petition aimed at PCC candidates. By lunchtime the team already had over 400 signatures which comfortably beat their target! By the end of the day they had collected over 600 signatures.
Other ARC activities during Learning Disability Week
Yvonne Furze, ARC’s Membership and Information Manager met with Cally Ward, and Lesley Barcham from BILD to discuss a forthcoming report from ARC about the current state of services for older people who have a learning disability, and to explore how we can work with BILD on the project they are about to undertake on this topic.
ARC’s Here To Stay project delivered a presentation at the Facts Beyond Figures Communi-care for Migrants conference (21-23 June) at the Bocconi University, Milan, run by the European Public Health Authority. This conference aimed to “compare scientific results and foster best practices to counteract possible disadvantages of migrants and foreign citizens as to their health conditions and access to health services.” Dr Olga Kozlowska made the presentation on behalf of the project.
Gill Shaw, ARC Training Services Qualifications and Quality Assurance Co-ordinator, delivered First Steps training at Camphill, The Croft Community in Malton, North Yorkshire. The day went extremely well and Gill received positive feedback about the training. The training at Camphill in Malton is continuing for the next few weeks.
Shirley Potter and James Churchill went on a trip to Sarajevo, Bosnia, where they delivered the Getting the Basics Right training.
In Northern Ireland:
ARC’s new CEO, Jacqueline Bell, joined some of the ARC NI team on a sponsored walk around Stormont in Northern Ireland to raise money for the Telling it Like It Is Muckamore project.
ARC Northern Ireland launched their latest resource – the Lost For Words Toolkit and DVD.
Mariead Magill and the ARC NI team celebrated the first year of the Get A Life Project.