The Charity was set up in 2013 by a member of the Renfrewshire community in response to a TV documentary about Disability Hate Crime. Recognised as one of the most under reported crimes in the UK, the Charity began as a community project working in partnership with Police Scotland, local young people and disability groups to raise awareness of the issues. The work began as a live performance highlighting the real life stories of how disabled people can suffer from prejudice and discrimination on a daily basis. This 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 8,000 children in Renfrewshire.
Recognising the need for long term sustainability, a hard hitting I Am Me film and training pack was developed in 2015 to educate about 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 was developed in response to feedback from the local community and has been designed with disabled people across Renfrewshire. The initiative 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 are feeling vulnerable. The Keep Safe initiative is being rolled out across Scotland and all Keep Safe places can be viewed on our FREE ‘Keep Safe Scotland’ phone app, which is downloaded on iOS and Android.
Our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 is now available – Strategic Plan 2017-2020
A copy of our Safeguarding Statement can be found here.
A copy of our Annual Reports and Financial Statements can be found here.
I Am Me Scotland – What we do…