And with funding from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne the AWARE project will deliver two drop in surgeries each week where police officers, PCSOs and hate crime specialists can have direct but informal contact with the disabled community. Each surgery is at community cafes run by the Queen’s Award holding Oyster Project charity based in Lewes.
John Russell, founder and trustee director of the disability self-help charity said: ”We knew our members were vulnerable as many of us, including myself, have experienced disability hate crime. We can’t tackle it alone so we decided to create AWARE and liaise directly with local law enforcement officers and specialists on a regular and social basis.”
It is thought that this is the only project of its kind i.e. initiated and delivered by disabled people, in the country.
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