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Preston-based Disability Equality project to help disabled people to stay safe at home

Posted on - 1st May, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston City Centre, Preston News, South Ribble News
Members of the Disability Equality team, from left to right: Julie Naylor, Dean Kamitsis, Graham Bettany and Alisdair Stirling
Members of the Disability Equality team, from left to right: Julie Naylor, Dean Kamitsis, Graham Bettany and Alisdair Stirling

Preston-based charity Disability Equality (North West) has launched a new project.

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The Safety First project supports disabled people from Preston, Chorley and South Ribble to keep safe at home, within the community and within personal relationships.

Project Worker Julie Naylor said: “This is a really important project because we know that the personal safety of disabled people can be compromised for lots of different reasons.

“Disabled people can be targeted for being ‘different’ and seen as ‘easy-targets’ for exploitation, abuse and hate crime.

“We want to change that perception and work with colleagues, partners and disabled people to raise awareness of the help and support available.”

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The project offers one-to-one support and personal safety planning, weekly calls for isolated people and a programme of confidence and capacity building sessions and workshops.

There will also be opportunities for disabled people to support each other and volunteer for the project.

The project is based at Disability Equality (NW) at 103 Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BS from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.

For more information, call 01772 558863 option 2, or email safetyfirst@disability-equality.org.uk.

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