GRIM EXPERIENCES of being bullied have inspired a North Kensington disability group to help others.
Members of Our Choice, in Conlan Street, have made a DVD to warn people with learning disabilities about potential bullying and anti-social behaviour they may encounter.
Liz Atkinson, of Our Choice, said: "A lot of members were telling us stories about being bullied in their communities or in care homes, but sometimes they didn't realise that this
behaviour was classed as bullying. Unless people with learning disabilities realise this is wrong, nothing will be done."
The group of eight young people started by making a booklet about people's rights and types of bullying.
Ms Atkinson added: "Even though there were a lot of photographs in the booklet, some people with learning difficulties found it quite daunting to read. The group then wanted to make a DVD, so the message would be easier to understand."
The team spent six weeks writing a script and acting out scenes in the 20-minute film, called Action Against Bullying. Six types of bullying are featured, including a scene where money is stolen from someone and another where inadequate support is being offered in a care home.
Our Choice member Sabrina said: "The DVD explains what bullying is and how to report it. We listened to lots of stories about bullying from Our Choice members.
"Some of them were too scared to tell people that they had been bullied."
The DVD was officially launched on Tuesday at the Abbey Centre, in Great Smith Street, Pimlico, by Jonathan Shaw, minister for disabled people.
Members of Our Choice now hope the DVD will be shown in day centres, care homes and employment services across London.
A free copy of the DVD is available for every person with a learning disability who lives in Westminster. Call Open Choice on 020 8962 3935 for information.