Disability hate crimes are the focus of workshops

Two workshops to raise awarenessness of disability hate crime are due to take place in Midlothian this week.

The events, organised by Midlothian Council and The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability, are aimed at highlighting how hate crime affects disabled people’s lives.

Disabled people will be given the chance to share their own experiences of disability hate crime and show what can be done about it.

People with disabilities, their family and people who support them are invited to attend one of the two workshops.

The workshops will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, April 8) at Penicuik Town Hall and at Bonnyrigg and District Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Thursday, April 10. Both are from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

The conference, is due to take place at Dalkeith Arts Centre on Tuesday, April 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and is aimed at people with disabilities, staff from support organisations, professionals and anyone with an interest in disability hate crime.

Councillor Catherine Johnstone, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “It’s appalling that people with learning disabilities become the victims of crime because of their disabilities. We are working with other organisations, such as Police Scotland to help people understand more about hate crime, what it is, and how to stop it.”

County commander Chief Inspector Jim Royan said: “Local officers continue to engage with disabled members of the community to build confidence in the police and ensure that all victims feel confident in reporting incidents to us.

“Reporting hate crime gives us the opportunity to bring those responsible to justice. Events such as the Midlothian hate crime conference are very important opportunities to enable us to do this.”

You can find out more or book a place at the workshops and the conference by contacting Duncan McIntyre at duncan.mcintyre@midlothian.gov.uk or 0131 271 3632.

Lunch will be provided at the conference.