Nottingham Mencap on Edwards Lane do an amazing job for people with learning disabilities in the city.
It was a great pleasure to have the chance to pop in and visit on Friday to see their amazing wall displays made by service users to depict the need for action against plastics in the oceans (see picture!).
The main purpose for my visit was to talk to the team about the need for legal reforms to strengthen the powers of the courts so that tougher action can be taken against disability hate crimes. Their work “Smile! Stop Hate Crime!” has been important across Nottinghamshire in raising awareness of incidents of hate crime against those with a disability and I will take forward some of the important arguments for change that they have raised with the Law Commission who are consulting on tightening up legislation in this area.