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Community groups celebrate funding grants to trailblaze new approaches to hate crime

Community groups across Derbyshire are toasting success after securing vital funding to trial new and innovative approaches to race and religious hate crime.

Twelve community projects have been awarded grants under Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa’s new Race and Religion Hate Crime Innovation Fund.

The fund, which is being administered by the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, is aimed at helping grassroots organisations address the PCC’s top hate crime priorities including raising awareness of the problem, increasing reporting of hate crime, boosting support for victims and promoting the existing Hate Crime Victim Support Services he has commissioned.

A total of 19 applications were received for one-off events or on-going activities, which must be completed within a three-month time period concluding before the end of April 2020. The 12 successful applicants share more than £22,600 in grants of up to £2,500 each.

One beneficiary is specialist support service Al-Hurraya, which received £2,475 to train 100 young people in a mosque setting to become hate crime ambassadors to raise awareness with fellow pupils and family members and to address the cycle of victim and perpetrator.

Amad Ashraf, service coordinator at Al-Hurraya, said: “We are very grateful to receive funding from the Police Crime Commissioner to allow us to raise awareness and educate young people on Hate Crime as well as raising awareness of support services that are available for victims.”

Funding was also awarded to the Open Centre which received £1,357 to deliver 15 antisemitism talks and workshops in schools. According to Home Office figures for religiously-motivated hate crimes during the past two years, a considerably higher rate of anti-Semitic hate crime is recorded than any other hate crime category in Derbyshire.  

Meanwhile, Spiral Arts was awarded £2,500 to deliver seven awareness-raising workshops within the community featuring poetry and dance artists which will culminate in a special event.

Jenny Anthony, creative director for Spiral Arts, added: “We have been established for over 14 years, we have successfully delivered many art projects with hard to reach groups. At the core of our practise is the ability to work inclusively with community members.

“With the constant changes in population, we feel it is important for us to widen our experiences and extend the work we deliver within Derbyshire and most importantly with new groups and new migrant communities. This grant will help us to achieve our aims.”

Congratulating the projects on their success, Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the response to my new funding stream which will ensure Derbyshire stays at the very forefront of hate crime prevention.

“There is so much knowledge, experience and skill within the community and I’m proud to be able to tap into this valuable expertise for the benefit of current and future victims of hate crime across the county. The specialist work these partners undertake will help us reach vulnerable people who may not yet know how to access help and will also offer reassurance to our diverse communities that we are doing everything possible to eradicate these crimes.

“I would like to congratulate all those organisations which successfully applied for funding and also the Multi-Faith Centre for their support overseeing the whole grant process. We are looking forward to watching these projects develop and learning from their new approaches.”

Lorraine Stokes, project co-ordinator, added: “The Multi-Faith Centre (MFC) is pleased to be administering the Race and Religion Hate Crime Innovation Fund on behalf of the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

“Commissioned by the PCC, the MFC have been working with voluntary and community sector organisations in the city and county to raise awareness of race and religious Hate Crime; inform and encourage reporting of Hate Crime; support victims of Hate Crime and promote the Hate Crime Victim Support Services. This fund is intended to trial new and innovative ideas over a three-month period, with learning captured through bespoke monitoring and evaluation.

“These activities are supported by Dr Phil Henry at The University of Derby. The MFC will work closely with the successful applicants to tackle Hate Crime and say “#No2Hate”.”

The fund was open to voluntary and community groups and local non-profit making organisations.

Each project will be monitored and evaluated to determine the impact of the funding and its successes.

Angie Melluish, manager at Remedi, said: “Derbyshire Victim Services are hugely grateful to the Office of The Police and Crime Commissioner & The Multi Faith Centre for the extra funding we have received to produce a film resource around Race and Religion hate crime.

“This film will be used in the public domain to raise awareness specifically around ‘What is Race and Religion hate crime’, how to report and where to get support to help those affected to enable them to cope and recover and also have a voice within the Criminal Justice System.

“We will utilise this film on social media and also as a training resource across Derbyshire. We want more people across Derbyshire to stand up against hate crime and come together to say ‘NO2HATE’.”

Keith Clarke, development worker at The African & Caribbean Community Association, added: “The African & Caribbean Community Association are pleased and thankful to have been awarded a grant from the Race and Religion Hate Crime Innovation Fund. This fund will help us to raise awareness of hate crime, support victims, and promote the hate crime support services to our African & Caribbean citizens of Chesterfield and surrounding areas.”



The full list of grant recipients comprises:

African Caribbean Community Association


Al- Hurraya


Asian Association of Chesterfield & North Derbyshire


Chesterfield Filipino Communty Association


Chesterfield Muslim Association


Chesterfield & North Eastern Derbyshire Chinese Elders Group


Derby West Indian Community Association


Links CVS (Derbyshire BME Forum)


North Derbyshire Refugee Support Group


Open Centre




Spiral Arts





Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Tuesday 21st January 2020
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