AWARE is a project run by member volunteers of the Oyster Project Charity in conjunction with local police officers and support staff. It has been funded by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.
The project provides two drop in advice & support sessions with local policing contact each week, on Wednesdays at Cafe Oyster, All Saints Centre 11.30 am - 1.45pm and on Fridays at the Chapel Cafe, Westgate Chapel, High Street, Lewes 10.30am - 12.30pm.
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With disability hate crime in the public eye disabled people in Lewes, East Sussex have taken the initiative against it and set up a year long project to educate and connect victims with local police officers working in this field.
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.”