Respond is a charity that supports people with learning disabilities who are victims of neglect and abuse.
Please watch our film which features a woman with learning disabilities called Sylvia. It gives us a glimpse of the difficulties and loneliness that have surrounded her life. She explains the way in which Respond has helped her to turn this situation around.
Our experience of working with people like Sylvia has led us to understand how isolation and loneliness can lead to repeated acts of cruelty from other people. Our aim is to see less people coming to our clinic as victims of abuse. We believe that people with learning disabilities have a right to be treated equally and live their lives free of abuse.
We want to do this by working with communities in order to challenge current negative attitudes and behaviours towards people with learning disabilities. We will start with Camden in London, where we are based. This will be a pilot project and will be fully evaluated and written up so that it can eventually be replicated as widely as possible.
What will we actually do?
We will increase awareness within places like Camden about the loneliness and vulnerability of many of the people with learning disabilities who are part of the community. We will develop a group of volunteers drawn from a wide section of the community and will train them to work alongside someone with a learning disability who has been identified as needing support regarding issues of loneliness and vulnerability. We will also work with some of the local agencies ilike the police, local schools, and housing associations in order to support the development of positive strategies and actions which will help to change attitudes towards people with learning disabilities.
What is Respond?
We are a not-for-profit organisation that survives entirely on charitable donations from both private grants and public contributions. In order to run this project we need to employ a & 39;Community Facilitator& 39; whose role it will be to develop links and build relationships within the neighbourhood. This person will have a particular responsibility for recruiting the volunteer & 39;champions& 39; and for identifying other local agencies willing to engage with Respond on this project. We will also be looking for funding from other sources in order to employ a researcher to evaluate this project in order that it can be replicated nationally once a succesful model has been developed.
What do we need?
We need to raise £11,000 in order to develop this project. Please help us to do this by donating what you can and by reposting this page to others.
What’s in it for you?
Our aim is that the communities in which we all live will become more inclusive and welcoming places for everybody.
On 3rd November, a team of runners ran 5k in support of this project. Rather than sponsor the runners separately we& 39;d love you to give your money to this project. The people running include: Noelle Blackman, Debbee Adamson, Lisa Greenspan, Tamsin Cottis, Deb Lyttelton, Steve Garlick and Richard Curen. Please support them in their efforts to get this project going. If you& 39;d like to join the run, please get in touch with the Respond office.