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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 (3074613)
School hosts roadshow aimed at raising awareness of hate crime
by Henry James

LANCASHIRE'S police and crime commissioner, Clive Grunshaw opened a roadshow to raise understanding of Hate Crime at Hope High School in Skelmersdale at Carfield, Claybrow.

The free event was run by Victims' Voice and took place on Tuesday, February 2.

Hate crime is when an individual experiences harm because they are seen as “different.”

Those who attended were able to find out about services that can provide people with advice, and support individuals and communities.

The day was supported by Clive Grunshaw who also gave a speech to  those that attended.

There was an ‘action-packed' afternoon with activities to raise awareness and increase understanding of this “emotive issue.”

Victim's Voice is an advocacy service to help people affected by hate crime by providing support and operates throughout Lancashire. It is a partnership between Disability First, which is based in Blackpool, and Smile Mediation, which is based in Burnley.

Niomi Craig, a hate crime caseworker at Victims' Voice said: “Those who came were able to meet like-minded people who want to prevent hate related incidents and support people that have experienced bullying and victimisation.

”We hope the event raised awareness of hate crime and increased understanding of the problem.

“Attendees learnt more about the impact hate crime has on both communities and individuals, and saw how to help to tackle hate crime!

”The event was also free to those that attended!

“It was an interesting, intuitive and eye opening evening! If you would like to learn more about Victims' Voice work around Lancashire visit the website”


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