A series of hate crime awareness events are to launch across Derbyshire next week thanks to a funding project led by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.
The Commissioner, who is national lead for hate crime on behalf of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), has allocated grants worth a total of £4,324 between nine community organisations who will be leading the county’s awareness activities during National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Each organisation is receiving up to £500 to deliver awareness raising events, with campaigners focused on increasing the profile of Derbyshire’s victim support services for survivors of hate crime, reaching vulnerable people and highlighting all the different ways of reporting hate crime incidents.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week aims to unite individuals and communities to stand together in solidarity against hate crime and to remember those lost and those needing support as a result of the crime.
This year’s campaign, which runs from October 12th to 19th, will continue to exploit educational opportunities to prevent hate crime.
“Hatred divides communities and breeds tension and fear,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“It affects all of us, not just victims of hate crime, and has a deep impact on the way we live our lives and our feelings of safety. This is why many of the projects I’ve supported encourage whole communities to stand up against hate crime and to not to close the door on a problem just because they are not directly affected.
“The funding is also aimed at encouraging community groups to think outside the box when it comes to hate crime and to take a creative approach to delivering important safety messages.
“We are supporting a host of innovative projects during the week from art and graffiti activities, through to drama sessions, video production and radio shows and broadcasts. This is a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on this heinous crime and encourage us all to stand together against the minority which undermine Derbyshire’s values of tolerance and respect for all.”
The PCC’s fund has been shared among small, micro-projects which might not otherwise have an opportunity to secure funding. Bids have been reviewed by the Multi-Faith Centre in Derby and the PCC hopes to visit all recipients of funding.
The successful projects will also be publicising the Commissioner’s national social media campaign #NO2HATE, which last year saw PCCs, Chief Constables and justice partners across the country standing in solidarity against hate.
They will also highlight the Hate Crime Victim Support Service, commissioned by the PCC.
Successful recipients for funding are listed below:
Artcore (£500) - Art workshops, community celebration focusing on Hate Crime.
Blend Youth Project (£500) – Hate Crime awareness workshops being delivered to youth clubs in Ripley and Heanor in addition to a trip to see the Knife Angel in Derby.
Derby Sound Community Radio (£500) - Radio show & workshops – along with commercials raising awareness of Hate Crime.
Derbyshire LBGT+ (£500) – Same sex hand holding project- . Enlarged photos of same sex couple hand holding will be placed onto A1 foam boards and prominently displayed along with the Derbyshire LGBT+ logo and PCC #NO2HATE logo. The photos will form part of the semi-permanent display dovetailing neatly alongside the “Other Stories” project work at LGBT+ centres in Derby and Chesterfield. The photo boards will also be displayed throughout the year at various events: hate crime training sessions; Pride events; LGBT awareness training
Derventio Housing Trust (£329) - Delivery of three Hate Crime Awareness sessions in conjunction with the commissioned service Remedi to people who access our services and staff members, so they are aware of what is a Hate Crime and how to report it.
Heath Safer Communities Action Group (£500) – visible #N02HATE graffiti tag to be sprayed in a local park.
Remedi (£500) – Hate Crime Awareness conference aimed at local secondary school children from Derby City.
Roma Community Care (RCC) (£495) – Production of awareness raising hate crime video entitled ‘Why don’t you report it’ aimed at local Roma communities.
Tell Mamma (£500) - An event aimed at Muslim women will be held during the National Hate Crime Awareness Week to raise awareness of hate crime, provide advice on personal safety and the level and type of support available to the victims.
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Posted on Monday 14th October 2019