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Giving people with learning disabilities a voice

Hear Our Voice event in Carlisle.

Hear Our Voice is a national campaign by MENCAP, aimed at giving people with disabilities a voice in the run up to the General Election.

The aim is to make sure that learning disabilities are firmly on the agenda of all political parties.

There are 1.4 million people across the UK who have a learning disability and they want their issues to be heard by local and national politicians.

Today was the launch of a film they've produced, which you can watch here.

The campaign aims to give people with learning disabilities a voice.

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More than £1 million of funding for police projects

Richard Rhodes.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has secured £1,074,466 of funding to support three of the force's projects.

The money will come from the Home Office's Police Innovation Fund.

The following projects will benefit:

  • £247,991 for the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service, which will expand services for victims of sexual abuse, and encourage victims to come forwards.
  • £306,020 for Turning the Spotlight, which will work with families and young people to reduce hate crime and domestic abuse.
  • £520,530 for the development of the Cumbria Strategic Co-ordination Centre, which will help police and partner agencies to work together.

The projects further support victims and start to develop the pro-active approach to working with perpetrators when they are identified at an early stage. These are both incredibly important as they start to breakdown the cycle that often people find themselves pulled into.

The funding for the next stage is the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service. This supports the existing project which is developing well and compliments the national funding in addition to local funding from the County Council and district Councils in the north and west of the County. The new training facility is a unique initiative as it will make best use of technology to allow people to undertake dynamic training.”

– Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes

Carlisle MENCAP film encourages disabled people to vote

The aim is to encourage disabled people to vote. Credit: Carlisle MENCAP

A film made in Cumbria to encourage disabled people to vote will be distributed across the UK.

500 copies will be sent to disabled people and groups ahead of May's general election.

That's because the quality of the film, and message behind it, have been approved by the Cabinet Office, which has agreed to fund it.

The film called "Voting - hear my voice" was made at Carlisle's MENCAP centre.

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