Paddy Tipping with members of the project and other local dignatories.
Young people from across Nottinghamshire welcomed a host of public figures to an anti-hate summit to raise awareness of the impact of hate crime.
The youngsters, who are all under 18, have been working on a youth community project run by restorative justice charity Remedi, in conjunction with Nottinghamshire County Council, to research and understand the psychological and social effects of hate.
The Restorative Action Project, which forms part of Remedi’s Step Up Beat Hate campaign, involved six weeks of educational workshops and included a visit to The Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire where they heard a survivor talk about their personal experience.
It culminated in a one-hour summit at Nottingham Forest Football Club yesterday in which their work was presented to a high-profile audience of MPs, charity volunteers, community leaders and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
The event, which was attended by local MPs Alex Norris and Vernon Coaker and designed by the young people themselves, formed part of a wider initiative led by Remedi which saw simultaneous youth-led presentations taking place on Friday (AUGUST 31) in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Manchester.
Speaking after the event, Mr Tipping said: “The young people who’ve staged this event have increased our understanding of the devastating effects of hate crime on mental wellbeing. It’s not easy to host an event of this magnitude with such prominent visitors and I take my hat off to all those involved for their hard work and dedication.
“Today’s youngsters are tomorrow’s adults and it’s vital we encourage the next generation to break down the barriers of separation and division which threaten our communities and promote a message of togetherness. This event has gone some way to doing that and I congratulate these youngsters for their contribution to fighting hate crime.”
Cherry Triston, manager of Remedi Nottinghamshire, added: “I am immensely proud of everyone involved in this ambitious project. We have measured an increased awareness of what constitutes hate crime and the impact of it with the young people involved.
“Our organisation, Remedi, encourages creative and proactive restorative approaches and Step Up Beat Hate allows Nottinghamshire young people to reflect upon it from their perspective, likewise in Manchester, Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham and Derby, young people are doing the same, planning how best to bring their communities together.”
As part of its Step Up Beat Hate campaign the young people involved have viewed and reflected upon Remedi’s Manchester Hate Crime film, created with with Home Office funding, featuring young people’s experiences of hate crime including arena survivors which can be viewed at: www.bechangefilm.org.
Posted on Friday 31st August 2018