Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire Constabulary area, has awarded grants to 11 local charities and voluntary organisations totalling £30,000 to deliver a range of activities that will target hate crime.
Michael Lane said: “Hate crime has increased and people suffering these crimes must feel safe to report the crime and know they will be supported. The projects that will be funded have demonstrated new and innovative ideas that will increase the reporting and identification of hate crime and the support given to the victims who come forward to report these crimes.
“Overall, I am pleased to be funding these projects and local organisations that will contribute to the reduction of hate crime offences, keeping us all safer.”
The local projects being funded by the Commissioner are listed below, with details of the funding they have received:
Awaaz FM Community Radio in Southampton will be creating and broadcasting programmes to their community around understanding how to talk about hate crime without fear of repercussions or discrimination. (£2,000)
Communities First Wessex (covering East Hampshire) will be working on their ‘Love Diversity’ project which involves working with young LGBT people offering both mental health and emotional support. The Commissioner visited Pride in Portsmouth this year and also got involved in the Voices for Change conference where he learnt first hand the issues some of these young people face. (£2,952)
Cultural Media Enterprises (Southampton based) will be putting together a radio drama which will feature the words of people who have had hate crime experience. The cast and music score producers and actors will be cast of local young people. (£3,000)
Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership will be developing materials for both online and offline use to be used to amplify messages across the borough. (£2,000)
Gosport Safety Partnership will be engaging residents with a specific focus on those at risk of hate crime by promoting the new hate crime reporting system at the Gosport Discovery Centre. (£300)
Motiv8 South with be developing and delivering the Respect Programme which forms part of the Prevent agenda across Havant and Portsmouth, the Prevent programme is aimed at educating young people about the concept of extremism and the inherent associated risks. (£2,878)
The Gosport and Fareham Motiv8 team will be creating a DVD around the growing problem of hate crime which will be widely distributed. (£2,996)
Saints Foundation in Southampton will be training Saints Kicks staff and volunteers to deliver 12 interactive and innovative anti-hate crime workshops which will be delivered across 12 Southampton schools and other venues. They will also partner with the Show Racism the Red Card charity, which the Commissioner has supported via their social media campaign. (£2,100)
Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant will be delivering the Theatre in Schools Tour ‘Labels’ which raises awareness of intolerance in various guises. (£2,976)
Ventnor Town Council on the Isle of Wight will be training their staff and providing materials to establish the Ventnor library as a third party reporting centre. (£700)
Y Services for Young People (Gosport) will be continuing their refurbishment of a double-decker bus, which was first introduced at the Voices for Change event that the Commissioner attended in the summer. The bus will be used as a centre for reporting crime and will also be used by 500 young people as a one-stop advice centre. (£3,000)
YMCA Fairthorne (Southampton) will be providing a safe space for an estimated 100 people for reporting instances of hate crime. (£2,920)
Michael Lane added, “I am grateful for the support of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Communities Foundation (HIWCF) and my Youth Commission in assessing the bids that were submitted.”
Jakes Ferguson, CEO of HIWCF, said: “It is imperative that we support the vital work of these local groups to increase identification, reporting and support to the victims of hate crime and we are delighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner’s grant programme is able to address this important issue and reduce hate crime offences”.