I Am Me is an award winning community project which works in partnership with Police Scotland to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime (recognised as one of the most under report crimes in the UK).
The project aims to raise awareness with local young people and disability groups through the power of drama and film aimed at challenging attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people. Since the launch in September 2013, a live performance was delivered to over 10,000 people, including High schools, disability groups, staff groups, the police training college and the Scottish Parliament. A softer version, designed for primary school children was delivered to around 8000 children in Renfrewshire.
A hard hitting I Am Me film and training pack was developed in 2015 to raise awareness of the impact that bullying and harassment can have on an individual, their family and the wider community. The Disability Hate Crime Training Pack 2015 and I Am Me Film can be used as a free resource by any school, group or staff base in Scotland.
In 2016, the project group worked closely with Epilepsy Scotland and a wide range of partners, including children and young people to design a Primary School Pack. This pack includes three short films which introduce disability and the effects of bullying. The films and accompanying pack can now be downloaded free from our website.
The project also has an initiative called Keep Safe. Keep Safe works in partnership with Police Scotland and a network of local businesses to create ‘Keep Safe’ places for disabled, vulnerable, and elderly people when out and about in the community. People can access these premises to seek assistance and help if they feel lost, confused, scared, in danger, or have been the victim of a crime. The Keep Safe initiative is currently running in Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Dumfries & Galloway, and the Scottish Borders, but is being rolled out across Scotland in partnership with other Local Authorities.
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The I Am Me project has been nominated for a National Diversity Award. Please vote for us at this Link – Vote Now
The I Am Me project has been recognised for the innovative approach to partnership working and has won the Wider Partnership Award from the SCSN for our partnership working with Police Scotland, Crown Office and other agencies.
The project also won the SCSN People’s Choice Award – so thank you to everyone who voted for us.