Image: Safety NetThe Safety Net School’s project has started to take place in Devon as trainers with learning disabilities run a series of workshops with Year 9 students, on a campaign to reduce the hate crimes and bullying experienced by people with learning disabilities.

Project Officer, Rod Landman and two co-trainers, Beth and Will, delivered an assembly on anti-bullying of people with learning disabilities who use public buses and the teachers were astonished at the silence of 300 Year 9 pupils during the Safety Net presentation. This presentation was also the catalyst for a full lesson session with all Year 9 students at Parkside School in Barnstaple.

At Braunton Academy, co-trainers, Sharon and Kevin worked with Year 9 peer mentors to devise a role play, which will be delivered at their assembly, and Bideford College Social Care Students have interviewed Stefan, Patrick and Will about disability hate crime, as part of a DVD they are making.

In all six co-trainers with learning disabilities will work on the project, with a total of six schools across the district engaged in the programme.