Partners

Our partnership is made up of Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mencap, Mindwise, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Department of Justice NI, Ni Fire & Rescue Service and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

The strength of this partnership allows us to tackle issues of community safety as it impacts on all disabled groups.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire DisabilityLeonard Cheshire Disability exists to change attitudes to disability and to serve disabled people around the world. We campaign for change and provide innovative services that give disabled people the opportunity to live life their way.

The needs and aspirations of the people who use our services are at the heart of all that we do.

Our principal activity in the UK is the provision of services in support of disabled people in the widest context. These services include care homes, supported living, domiciliary support, day services, resource centres, rehabilitation, respite care, personal support and training and assistance for those looking for work. We operate in all parts of the UK and are the largest voluntary sector provider of care and support services for disabled people.

In Northern Ireland Leonard Cheshire Disability has a demonstrable track record in serving disabled people for over 30 years. The first Northern Ireland service was set up in 1974; we now have supported living projects in Banbridge, Belfast, Derry and Lurgan with associated floating support services for disabled people in Lurgan, Omagh and Enniskillen. All our services aim to increase the independence of physically disabled people with complex support needs, including people with acquired brain injury and sensory impairment.

Mencap

MencapMencap wants a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. We want everyone to have the opportunity to achieve the things they want out of life.

Mencap works alongside and represents the interests of people with a learning disability and their families in Northern Ireland.

Our work includes:

  • delivering a wide range of practical support services, transforming the lives of children, young people, men and women with a learning disability and their families
  • helping people with a learning disability to speak out about the things that are important to them and enhancing the skills and capacity of our local membership network
  • challenging attitudes and assumptions about learning disability and involving people from different backgrounds and communities in our work.

A learning disability affects someone’s ability to learn, communicate or do everyday things. It can be mild, moderate, severe or profound, but it is always lifelong. It does not prevent someone from learning and achieving a lot in a lifetime, if he or she is given the right support. There are currently around 33,000 people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland.

MindWise

MindWiseMindWise (formerly known as Rethink in Northern Ireland) is one of the largest voluntary sector providers of mental health services in the province and employs 100 staff and has over 100 volunteers. The organisation supports approximately 1500 people a year and works to ensure that all those at risk of, and affected by severe mental illness and other mental health difficulties have choice, hope, support and the opportunity to recover a better quality of life.

MindWise provides a variety of services including housing, community resource centres, floating support, advocacy, community bridge building programmes, employment and training support, carers support, self management programmes and the Northern Ireland Appropriate Adults Scheme.

As well as offering direct support to those affected by severe mental illness and other mental health difficulties through delivery of community-based services, MindWise is also dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and challenging the stigma and discrimination that often surrounds it.

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Police Service of Northern IrelandThe Police Service of Northern Ireland’s purpose is to make Northern Ireland safer for everyone through professional, progressive policing. This proactive, community-driven approach sees the police and local community working together to identify and solve problems.

Northern Ireland Department of Justice

Northern Ireland Department of JusticeThe Department of Justice (DOJ) is a new Northern Ireland Department which came into existence on 12 April 2010 and was established by the Department of Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2010.

The role of the Department is to support the Minister of Justice, David Ford MLA to help keep the people of Northern Ireland safe.

In addition to its statutory functions, the department provides resources and a legislative framework for its agencies and arms length bodies (which together constitute most of the justice system in Northern Ireland). Together with these organisations the department is responsible for ensuring there is a fair and effective justice system in Northern Ireland and for increasing public confidence in that system.

In addition to its statutory functions, the department provides resources and a legislative framework for its agencies and arms length bodies (which together constitute most of the justice system in Northern Ireland). Together with these organisations the department is responsible for ensuring there is a fair and effective justice system in Northern Ireland and for increasing public confidence in that system.

The Department has five Agencies:

  • Northern Ireland Prison Service;
  • Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service;
  • Compensation Agency;
  • Forensic Science Agency; and
  • Youth Justice Agency.

The Department also sponsors a number of Non-Departmental Public Bodies/bodies affiliated with policing and justice.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Services (NIFRS)

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue ServiceNIFRS is committed to ‘Protecting Our Community’. They respond to fires, road traffic collisions and other specialist rescue incidents and provide community safety education and advice.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Royal Society for the Prevention of AccidentsMore than 13,500 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year. There are millions of other injuries. Accidents cause loss and suffering to the victims and their loved ones, employers and UK society as a whole.

RoSPA promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education. They are a registered charity and have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for more than 90 years.

RoSPA’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries.