A Cumbrian charity has launched its latest project – a five-video digital package called Keeping Safe Online.
Carlisle Mencap’s award-winning Independence Studio has produced the package which gives advice on five topics – hate crime, mate crime, sexual exploitation, fire safety and cyber crime.
Carlisle Mencap – which provides vital support and services for more than 500 people with learning disabilities and their families across Cumbria – was recently awarded £4,700 for a project to produce a variety of easy and accessible online advice packs and workshops for people with learning difficulties.
The materials are designed to be used by individuals at home on their own or with support, via Zoom sessions or in small groups.
“The ‘Keeping Safe’ project has produced five easy and accessible digital workshops covering topics such as online crime, fraud/theft, sexual abuse and exploitation, hate/mate crime and fire safety.
They are available to anyone and have been designed to use either on your own or with groups of people online.
Sheila Gregory, chief executive of Carlisle Mencap, said: “We are delighted once again to have received support from the police and crime commissioner’s office to allow our award-winning Independence Studio to produce these resource packs.
“In this day and age of more and more social media interactions it is vital that vulnerable people like those with learning disabilities are protected from online abuse including hate crime and sexual exploitation.”