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AN organisation in Tamworth is providing services for people with learning disabilities thanks to a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Fund.

Creative Choices CIC is providing a drop in service for people with learning disabilities where they are able to meet new people, learn new skills and take part in activities.

The drop in centre is aiming to prevent people being targeted or becoming a victim of crime because of their vulnerabilities. They are also aiming to combat the isolation that can sometimes be experienced by people with learning disabilities.

Staff and volunteers at the centre provide a lifeline to people with learning disabilities by providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for them to socialise with other people.

Creative Choices CIC were awarded £2,600 to hold the drop in sessions

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, said:

‘Creative Choices are doing a brilliant job of supporting individuals with learning disabilities in Tamworth. They provide an environment where they can build their confidence; learn about their safety and develop new skills. I was extremely impressed with the group I met and I am pleased to support them with funding.

‘The best ideas to reduce crime, social harm and anti-social behaviour often come from communities affected by those issues. That’s why, since 2013 I’ve increased the funding provided for simple things that make local areas safer and better to live in.

‘At the heart of developing the Commissioner’s People Power Fund and Proceeds of Crime Fund was listening to those who are closest to the problem and supporting their ideas with funding to try and fix things. I’m continuing this because the principle has been so successful over the last few years.

‘Tackling the issues, building community spirit and often reducing repeat demand on policing means providing that financial help at the most local level is really cost effective.’

Sally Shorrock, from Creative Choices CIC, added:

‘Without the funding we received we couldn’t have set this up. We started in January and before this there wasn’t a drop in service in Tamworth specific for adults with learning disabilities.

‘There’s a social element to the centre with people making new friends. We also have people who attend who can feel isolated, or just want some help with things like letters or phoning people. It has been really good and really positive so far.

‘We’ve used it as a platform for information sharing and educating people on their health, wellbeing and safety and we are working with organisations such as the police, health and fire services to deliver workshops and information.

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