Safer Tomorrows Project

We are committed to supporting people with learning disabilities who are victims of hate crime, mate crime or exploitation. We support people to recognise and report crimes committed against them simply because of who they are. Safer Tomorrows helps people to feel safe and confident about being part of their community and feel comfortable about reporting incidents and crimes through the appropriate channels.

We work closely with our local police and community engagement teams to help people to identify what a disability hate crime is and gain the confidence to report incidents and crimes. The reporting of incidents is very low across North Tyneside and Newcastle (which is also the case nationally) and we aim to ensure more crimes are identified and reported.

We are part of the Safe Places Scheme, which is a service to help vulnerable people with communication difficulties stay safe when they are out and about. People can visit a Safe Place if they are lost, feel scared or upset and don’t know what to do, or if they have been a victim of crime. Our office is a registered Safe Place and we display the sticker in our window.

We are also part of the Workplace Hate Crime Champions scheme, which aims to involve local organisations in raising awareness of hate crime, the support that is available to victims and ensure organisations have a dedicated internal contact should they wish to obtain advice and information on the subject.

Our project is very kindly funded this year by Co-op. We were chosen by their members to be one of the local causes to benefit from their Local Community Fund!

We deliver workshops on hate crime, mate crime, exploitation and online safety. If you would like further information please contact Jacqui Thompson on 0191 2622261 or email jacqui.thompson@ldne.org.uk