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Charity praised by police as a new film aimed at raising awareness about disability hate crime sets to hit the big screen
12 Nov | 13:10

A charity working to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Newcastle have created a new film to educate the public about disability hate crime.

Better Days have teamed up with Northumbria Police as part of the project to raise awareness about the abuse disabled people face every day.

The charity is user-led and their main focus is to raise awareness of hate crime and to create activities and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

Earlier this year Better Days received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a film about the cultural heritage of those who use the charity.

They decided to use the project as an opportunity to educate the public about learning disabilities, breach the gap with the wider public, build tolerance and ultimately reduce hate crime.

The charity commissioned community interest company Creative Spaces to create the short film which was supported by Northumbria Police.

And now the project has been completed, the charity is set to premier the finished work at an event at Newcastle city library on Wednesday (November 13).

Glenn Howe, of Better Days, said: “Creative Spaces worked with Better Days members for just over 10 weeks. In that time they created the right conditions and atmosphere that brought the best out of the people involved.

“Being part of this project has had a lasting legacy. Our members have gained confidence, self-esteem and the understanding that working together and cooperating can bring its own rewards.

“Everyone is excited to see the finished film and hope that many will come along to the library and see their work.”

Dr Charlie Bramley and Paul Fairbairn, Directors at Creative Spaces, said: "We are delighted to be working with Better Days who are a fantastic charity doing invaluable work for their members.

“They go the extra mile and beyond to ensure they always have safe spaces to enjoy a range of activities and events.

“We have loved getting to know everyone, finding out about their lives, the challenges they face, and helping in our small way to tell their stories and showcase their wonderful personalities through this film".

PC Janine Turnbull, of Northumbria Police’s Central Community Engagement Team, praised the work being done by Better Days to support vulnerable members of society.

She said: “I am a proud supporter of Better Days and an active member of their committee and I am so proud of what they have achieved.

“With the support of Creative Spaces they have showed that adults with Learning disabilities are visible, are active members of our amazing community and have a valid and equal role to play.

“All their projects fully help, support and include our message ‘Being You Is Not A Crime’ and we at Northumbria Police are delighted to support it.”

The film will be exhibited at the Newcastle City Library and will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the work that Better Days do, and the lives and friendships of its members.

From 1pm to 4pm, the exhibition will be open to members of the public to browse through the exhibition, watch the film, and explore some of the cultural artifacts that have been gathered in relation to it.

For information on attending on the day, please get in contact directly to either Glenn Howe at betterdays1999@hotmail.com or Charlie Bramley at creativespacesnortheast@gmail.com.

 

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