We Stand Together
As a result of increasing reports on the information we report to our BME, LGBT and Disabled Persons' forums about hate crime incidents, our forum members asked us to embark upon a project whereby we engaged with young people to help raise awareness of what hate crime is and how to report it. This project was facilitated by local charity GemArts and it was match funded by Gateshead Council, which meant we could work in two schools.
We worked with year 8 and 9 pupils in Joseph Swan Academy and Heworth Grange Comprehensive School who were given a brief as to what we wanted the project to be about, giving them the creative licence to develop a piece of artwork around it.
As a result, after both groups had undertaken four sessions with a local artist in their school, Joseph Swan pupils created a poster campaign and Heworth Grange created an animation film. These both convey the message of what hate crime is and how to report it, and will be used in various ways to help share the message among the community and wider.
This project has been shortlisted for a number of awards and won the regional and national TPAS award for Excellence in Equality and Diveristy, which is great recognition in this field by the tenant experts.
For more information about the project you can contact Helen Watson, Involvement and Diversity Officer on 0191 4335376 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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