Village helps combat crime

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 July 2011

(click on image for larger view)  Strawberry Line Cafe, Yatton. National Learning Disabilities Week stamping out hate crime against people with learning disabilities. Jenny Tolhurst and Carole Pullen from North Somerset Mencap, Irene Stubbs Director of Strawberry Line Trust, Di Bryant Strawberry Line Cafe supervisor, Elaine Burden Regional Partnership Officer for Royal Mencap and Hayley Coutts from 'Inspire Me'.

(click on image for larger view) Strawberry Line Cafe, Yatton. National Learning Disabilities Week stamping out hate crime against people with learning disabilities. Jenny Tolhurst and Carole Pullen from North Somerset Mencap, Irene Stubbs Director of Strawberry Line Trust, Di Bryant Strawberry Line Cafe supervisor, Elaine Burden Regional Partnership Officer for Royal Mencap and Hayley Coutts from 'Inspire Me'.

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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.

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