Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust against hate crime

(L-R) Dr Alan Harrison Trust Chair and Mike Maiden, Chief Executive with the pledge

Staffordshire and West Midlands (SWM) Probation Trust is promising to stand by people with a learning disability. SWM Probation’s Chief Executive Mike Maiden and Trust Chair Dr Alan Harrison have signed Mencap’s Stand by me pledge to fight against disability hate crime. The campaign forms the focus of Learning Disability Week, which takes place from 20th June.

SWM Probation Chief Executive Mike Maiden says:

People with a learning disability have the right to justice, to feel safe and to live free from fear. We work closely with Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Police to fight against disability hate crime in our region.

Tony Johnson of Mencap west, says:

When hate crime takes hold with serious and even tragic consequences it stops people living ordinary lives. It shuts people out from communities and the community is poorer as a result. As a community, our attitudes and actions have to change. We have to stand by people with a learning disability and together ensure that nobody has to go on living in fear.

The public can show their support for the Stand by me campaign by signing up at

www.mencap.org.uk/standbyme

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