Independence Studio films tackle crime

Carlisle Mencap's Independence Studio, based at the Grace Little Centre for children, is putting the finishing touches to its latest film - this time about Mate Crime.

Mate Crime is when criminals ‘befriend’ vulnerable people in order to exploit them financially or sexually. This film has been funded by Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall and will be launched in the near future. 

Carlisle Mencap’s Independence Studio is an art and animation studio that is used by very talented young adults with a learning disability.

In the past the Independence Studio has created short animated films on important topics such as voting and healthy eating. But it has also tackled the issue of sexual exploitation - Is It Ok? - and recently it has also come up with two films confronting two other very serious issues – Hate Crime  and Mate Crime. These films are created in order to help educate others on topics that may be difficult to understand and also to warn of the dangers out there in the modern world. Take Control was the name of the film regarding hate crime and was funded by the Home Office. 

Carlisle Mencap, which helps more than 500 children and adults with learning disabilities and their families, prides itself on being at the forefront of tackling hate crime and in March 2018, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner  Peter McCall joined  representatives from the Home Office at Tullie House in Carlisle for the launch of Take Control. And it was the Police and Crime Commissioner who also this year funded the film on Mate Crime. These two films were a big reason why Carlisle Mencap was chosen this year to be   involved in the annual nationwide #No2H8 Crime Awards which celebrates those individuals and organisations countering hatred, intolerance and prejudice because it is the right thing to do and sometimes at considerable risk to themselves. Other high-profile partners include the Daily Mirror, Kiss FM, Take A Break, Closer and Bella magazines, and the Jewish News.

To see the film Take Control about hate crime, go to:

For Is It OK? about sexual exploitation, go to:

Is It OK? go to 

Upcoming Events

Virgin Money's help for Carlisle Mencap

Date: 23rd September Location: Virgin Money, 4 Devonshire Street, Carlisle

A FUNDRAISING day for Carlisle Mencap is being held at Virgin Money in Carlisle City Centre on Monday, September 23 as part of the build-up to next year's London Marathon which has picked Mencap as its chosen charity.

New film project

Date: 24th September Location: Grace Little Centre, Carlisle

A FOCUS group for people with learning difficulties will be taking place at the Independence Studio at our Grace Little Centre on September 24 about a new film project. Click headline for details.

Children's Services Short Breaks

Date: 13th October Location: Grace Little Centre

SHORT Break Sundays and Activity Days organised by Carlisle Mencap's Children's Services from October 2019 to February 2020. Click on the headline to find out more!

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