County pioneers information packs for people with learning difficulties
PEOPLE with learning difficulties in Devon are being provided with free information packs to help them in their everyday lives. The 'Keeping Safe' pack led by the South Hams Community Safety Partnership has been developed by Pluss - a Social Enterprise t
PEOPLE with learning difficulties in Devon are being provided with free information packs to help them in their everyday lives.The 'Keeping Safe' pack led by the South Hams Community Safety Partnership has been developed by Pluss - a Social Enterprise that provides employment and training for people with disabilities - in partnership with Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, and other Emergency and Learning Disability Services.The pack is designed to provide people with learning difficulties with support to live as independently as possible in their communities.It contains ten booklets in an accessible format, entitled: My rights - details of people's rights and opportunities The law - details of laws, which concern people with learning difficulties, such as discrimination, equal rights and harassmentKeeping yourself safe - advice on how to stay safe from harm in and out of the home Talking to the Police - information about what the Police do and how to report a crime Stay safe from fire - basic fire safety advice, including preventing and dealing with fire The Ambulance service - guidance on what to do in case of a medical emergency as well as information on the NHS and the Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS), which gives advice to people who have concerns or don't know who to contactThe Coastguard - advice about staying safe by the sea and how to contact the Coastguard if they are needed Keeping safe on-line - information about internet security and safety, including safe online shopping and protection when chatting onlineSupport services - details of the care and support services available to people with learning difficulties. Making a complaint - information on how to make a complaint The pack also contains information about the 'Safe Place' scheme, where people with learning difficulties who feel threatened or are lost can go to a shop displaying a 'Safe Place' sticker. In the 'Safe Place' scheme, a person with learning difficulties carries an 'I need help' card, which contains contact information for a person who cares for them. This card can be shown if necessary to shop workers in participating shops to the scheme, who will then be able to help. Devon County Council's Fulfilling Lives Team Leader, Tracey Seymour, said: "These packs are full of very useful information to help people get on with their daily lives with confidence. Having that confidence in turn helps people enjoy themselves more and can encourage them to try new opportunities."Nicky Church from Pluss said: "People with learning disabilities have been involved with the design and content of the packs and employed with their production. Otherwise, the packs are the joint effort of our Community Safety Partnerships and Learning Disability and Emergency Services. "The packs are already making a huge difference to people's lives and truly demonstrate what can be achieved when we all work together in partnership." Chief Superintendent Barry Marsden, Commander Territorial Policing Department, Devon and Cornwall Police said: "This is a really useful initiative, which genuinely assists people with learning difficulties to understand and be an active participant in events which affect them. "The wide range of products offer practical advice and cover a span of regular occurrences which members of our communities may experience. It is a really positive move forward and has the added bonus of also generating employment for people with disabilities. A win-win for all concerned." For information about obtaining a pack, contact (01271) 375743.