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21/6/2011 - Hate crime and safeguarding conference in Kendal

Cumbria's first Hate Crime and Safeguarding Conference is taking place in Kendal this week with a programme of events to coincide with Mencap's Learning Disability Week.

This event, being hosted by Cumbria County Council's Adult Social Care team will provide attendees, including approx 75 people with learning disabilities from across Cumbria, with the opportunity to find out more about the Mencap 'Stand By ME' hate crime campaign and the work being undertaken within Cumbria to safeguard vulnerable people.

The day, held at County Hall in Kendal on Friday 24 June from 10am to 2:30pm, is being supported by a diverse range of statutory and voluntary organisations from around Cumbria and the UK and also has a significant number of people with learning disabilities delivering presentations to their peers.

Cumbria County Councillor James Airey, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the tremendous work that's undertaken in Cumbria.

"Hate crime blights lives and leaves people afraid to participate as citizens in everyday life. Here in Cumbria I've seen the great work that continues to make sure people understand disability hate crime, acknowledge that it occurs and work to change it.

"The conference will allow people who understand these issues to work even closer together and learn from each other so we can continue to ensure that people can live their lives free from abuse and fear."



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