Police on hand to support key local service

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A charity which helps adults with learning disabilities has received a boost from the Northumbria Police Charities Fund.

Independent Lives (NE), based at the Rising Sun Farm in Wallsend, provides a therapeutic and educational service for adults with learning disabilities.

Wallsend neighbourhood policing team CSO Jennifer Charlton presented the charity with a laptop, TV, light-up disco ball and bean bags from the fund.

Centre manager Susan Quintano said: “We work closely with our local community police officers.

“They provide reassurance and guidance to our users and give talks on safety and general crime prevention advice.

“The local officers are familiar faces within the centre and have built up the confidence of our clients who know they can safely report anything through them and discuss concerns they may have.”

CSO Charlton said: “Supporting our local community is important to officers.

“Many of the adults attending this centre can be frightened by the police but through our regular visits, clients are building up their confidence and are reassured that we are approachable.”

“These items donated by the Charities Fund will help those using the centre to build up their IT skills and provide a place where they can relax and watch TV.”