Be Safe, Stay Safe

Today, I attended a training workshop run by Lenard Cheshair Disability. It was held in the Ballymoney community resource centre, and was called Be safe, Stay safe which is funded by the Big lottery fund.

There were about 25 of us altogether taking part in the workshop. We first of all learnt about staying safe in your home and how not to leave valuables on display for people to see. We learned about safety and security, and bogus callers. We also learned about the quick check scheme where you can check the identity of people at your door. We also learned about fire safety and how you can hopefully prevent a fire and what to do if there was a fire.

We learned about hate crime and how it is the persons perception of what a hate crime is and that the police won’t say that it is a hate crime.

Finally, we looked at safety on public transport, but we only touched on that because most of the people there use door to door or something similar. It was simple things like sitting at the front of a bus and don’t sit in a carrage where people are drinking for example on a train.

We also touched on a professional relationship. We discussed the sinario of what happens if someone is coming to help someone and over the years they become friendlier than they would have been. We discussed the person coming in to the persons home deciding that the person they were looking after wasn’t allowed to watch a certain tv program and should only watch it when the professional wasn’t there. We all agreed that this would be very wrong and the professional could not control what the other person watched or did in their own home.

We were given resource packs then as some people were starting to lose interest. In our packs, we got information on keeping safe on the internet, mainly facebook, a fridge magnet which looks like a sheet with magnets on each of the corners. It has the quick check number, the police non emergency number, and a blank space for someone to write in an emergency number of their own. We got an ultra violet pen so we can write on our possessions our name and postcode i think so that if anything was stolen police could see the information on it under an ultra violet light. We got information on hate crime, and something called “message in a bottle”. This is a bottle which has a medical form in it. You would write your name, contact details, conditions, medications, etc and slip it back in to the bottle. You would then slip the bottle back in to the fridge, as this is the first place medics would look apparently. I think there are two stickers in the bottle too which you would place one at the front door and one on the fridge, i think anyway. I think the message in a bottle is a brilliant thing if you were on any medications or had any health conditions.

I found the training very useful, and can’t wait to find out what the other training would involve. I wish it would have lasted longer, but it was good that the training was catered for peoples needs and made shorter. The guy running it had been to see visually impaired people before but none of them knew how to read braille. The guy had the information in his car for about 2 years but today he didn’t have it. He will send it out to me.

Most of the training i found was common sense, but it’s always good to get a reminder about these things.

I would like to thank Lenard Cheshair disability and the ballymoney community resource centre for hosting the workshop. I would recommend any disabled person take this training up if you can. It’s really worthwhile.

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