Village helps combat crime
PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 July 2011
PEOPLE in Yatton gathered at the Strawberry Line Café to create awareness of Learning Disabilities Week.
Elaine Burden from Mencap arrived at the venue in Station Road to talk to the public about their understanding of hate crime.
Café director Natasha Pester said: “As an organisation which trains and employs adults with learning disabilities, we are aware that supporting people to lead normal lives, like going to work and going out and using public transport, sometimes exposes them to risk of abuse from people in the community who don’t understand them and want to bully them.
“We wanted to do what we could to get behind this important Mencap initiative and hope people will take the opportunity to come to the café to sign the petition and learn more.”
The café is a not-for-profit community interest company, which currently employs one person with learning disabilities, and has another nine people with learning disabilities involved in the project, including two NVQ trainees.