Image: Safety NetAs part of the Safety Net Project and Learning Disability Week Rod Landman has organised a march in Barnstaple to take a stand against hate crime

The Safety Net project is a three-year project funded by the Department of Health on raising awareness of mate crime against people with learning disabilities.

Many people with learning disabilities have ‘friends’ who go on to abuse them. This has led to people losing their independence, financial, physical and sexual abuse, exploitation … even murder.

The project has been raising awareness of these issues in the two pilot areas of Calderdale and Barnstaple by working with people with learning disabilities, the police, community leaders, safety partnerships and local partnership boards. The project has been scoping the size of the problem and providing mate crime awareness training to people with learning disabilities.

Rod Landman, project officer for the Barnstaple group, was interviewed in the North Devon Gazette about the march on 24 June 2011 and the aims of the Safety Net project.

Rod will also be interviewed for the local radio and we are hoping that the BBC will film the march.

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