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{gspeech}Thanks to the generous support of the Ministry of Social Development’s Making a Difference Fund, People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi is pleased to say that we can now move forward with our ‘Keeping Safe, Feeling Safe’ Project.

Based on a similar project in the UK, the ‘Keeping Safe, Feeling Safe’ project aims to help people with a learning disability to keep safe and to feel safe in the community.

We want to change the way people with learning disability are seen and treated across the police and social services when they report bullying, harassment and abuse.

We know there is a great need for this work all over New Zealand. Keeping Safe Feeling Safe will be rolled out initially in Auckland North and Central/ West Auckland. We aim to eventually make the ‘Keeping Safe, Feeling Safe’ kit and resources available to everyone in New Zealand.

Kaeti Rigarlsford, Project Manager, ‘Keeping Safe, Feeling Safe’:

“We want to see every adult in New Zealand being more aware and being able to stand up and speak out when they see abuse happening, in their community, in their workplace, in their home environment and on the street”.

Sue Hobbs Project Manager, ‘Keeping Safe, Feeling Safe’:

“Everyone has the right to be safe and to feel safe. Many people with learning disabilities do not report abuse because they do not think they will be taken seriously. ‘Keeping Safe, Feeling Safe’ will help to change the way that the police and other people take reports so that people are safe and get their rights in law the same as everyone else in New Zealand.{/gspeech}