A film to help adults with learning disabilities cope with bullying is launched in Birmingham today (June 21).
The film Beat The Bullies, made by Birmingham people with learning disabilities, includes personal stories showing the effects abuse has had on their lives and aims to empower others to take control and reduce their vulnerability to bullying, abuse and hate crime.
DVDs of the film will be issued to people with learning difficulties in Birmingham and organisers plan to distribute nationally thereafter.
The initiative was made possible thanks to a £7,500 award from the Queen’s Nursing Institute, which supports projects to improve community nursing care.
There are around 28,000 people living with learning disabilities in Birmingham. Research has shown that 9 out of 10 people with learning disabilities have suffered bullying, which equates to more than 25,000 victims in the city.
The Beat The Bullies project originated in a series of workshops led by nursing and psychology professionals from South Birmingham Community Health’s community learning disability team.
Dr James Cawley, a clinical psychologist in the community learning disability team, said: “Beat the Bullies grew out of the workshops, which aimed to give people with learning disabilities skills to combat bullying and opportunities to tell their stories about the harrowing effects of bullying in their lives.”
For further information or to request a DVD of Beat The Bullies, contact the St Stephen’s Centre, Handsworth on 0121 465 8950.