Hampshire organisations awarded £30,000 to help tackle hate crime

Eleven Hampshire organisations have been awarded £30,000 to help tackle hate crime

Hampshire Constabulary’s police and crime commissioner Michael Lane has given the grants – of between £300 and £3000 each – in a bid to alleviate the rise in crimes motivated by racial, sexual or other prejudice. 

He 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. 

Communities First Wessex have been awarded £2952 for ‘Love Diversity,’ a project offering mental health and emotional support to young LGBT people, while Southampton’s Awaaz FM Community Radio were given £2000 to broadcast programmes to their community about how to talk about hate crime without fear of repercussions or discrimination. 

Southampton-based Cultural Media Enterprises will get £3000 to make a radio drama featuring the words of people who have had hate crime experience.

The cast, producers and actors will be local young people and 
Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership will receive £2000 to develop materials for online and offline. 

Other organisations include Gosport Safety Partnership, Motiv8 South and Gosport and Fareham Motiv8, Saints Foundation, Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant, Ventnor Town Council on the Isle of Wight and Y Services for Young People in Gosport will be continuing their refurbishment of a double-decker bus to be used as a centre for reporting crime and a one-stop advice centre.

YMCA Fairthorne Southampton will be able to provide a safe space for 100 people for reporting instances of hate crime with their grant of just under £3000. 

CEO of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Communities Foundation Jake Ferguson helped judge the submissions and 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.”

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