Image: LD TodayARC’s stand was warmly received by visitors at last year’s Learning Disability Today Conference and Exhibition, with the Safety Net officers, Rod and David, and ambassadors Sarah and Michael on hand to distribute the Friend or Fake easy-read guidance booklet and free CD resource.

Attendance at the exhibition marked the culmination of a successful year highlighting the issue of Mate Crime and promotion of the project’s aims.

We were also able to provided four ARC Members with free tickets to this well known event.

ARC Safety Net

The Safety Net project is about raising awareness around Hate Crime and Mate Crime. Our aim is to prevent the exploitation of people with learning disabilities, by those claiming to be their friends. We want to help people with a learning disability, and their families and supporters, to ask and to identify who really is a Friend and who is a Fake.

Image: Safety Net Friend or Fake CDProject workers and people with a learning disability who have formed the Safety Net Team were on hand to talk about their work in Calderdale and North Devon. They offered insight into how they have helped local agencies to tackle the issue of Mate Crime, and their first-hand experience in developing publicity campaigns and delivering training for people with learning disabilities.

Launched at the Learning Disability Today conference was the new ‘Friend or Fake’ Training Resource – a FREE CD containing useful information, training sessions and video clips.

With the financial assistance of North Devon District Council and Katharine Quarmby (author of the award winning Scapegoat book) we now have 750 CD resources to give to interested ARC Members.

ARC Members are entitled to one free copy of this CD for a limited time only.

To order your copy please telephone Liz Soames on 01246 555 043.


ARC Training Services

The ARC Training Services staff were also at our stand to offer information, advice and guidance on workforce development in learning disability services, covering areas such as:

  • How to ensure your staff have the right knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the individuals using your service
  • How to use the QCF qualifications to meet your workforce development needs
  • How to support the development of your workforce
  • How to access funding to support the development of your workforce

ARC products were available to view to see first-hand how these materials support organisations and staff.

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More Information

  • To order a copy of the Friend or Fake? Trainers’ Resource CD please contact Liz Soames on 01246 555 043 or visit the ARC Shop now.
  • Learning Disablity Today filmed some of the seminars and interviewed visitors which they have said will be added to their website soon.