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Groups from across the country were honoured for their effort at the Accessible Britain Challenge Awards 2015, which took place at the Houses of Parliament.

Safe Places in Poole and Bournemouth Scheme

The Safe Places in Poole and Bournemouth Scheme won the Safer Neighbourhoods’ award for providing people with learning disabilities in Poole and Bournemouth with somewhere to go when distressed or in need in their town centre.

The scheme encourages shops, public buildings and other organisations to sign-up, and their team trains staff to feel confident and able to provide support if it is needed. The scheme is organised and promoted by local people with learning disabilities and over one hundred and fifteen Venues have signed up so far.

Minister of State for Disabled People Mark Harper said:

What’s so special about these awards is that nominations were made by disabled individuals or organisations.

People came forward to nominate these finalists because they know from first hand experience that the work they do is life-changing.

It was an absolute pleasure to attend and to meet individuals who are so committed to making Britain more accessible. I hope this will encourage more organisations to think about the needs of disabled people and help move the UK forward to become a truly Disability Confident nation.

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