Let’s End Hate Crime – A partnership to be proud of

Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Bolton Pride team up to deliver Hate Crime Awareness training.

BWCT & Bolton Pride are delighted to announce their partnership in a new project to tackle hate crime and offer a legacy to Greater Manchester that Bolton communities can be proud of.

As part of Hate Crime Awareness week 2019, Bolton Be Safe Partnership have commissioned a short film to find out what people in Bolton feel about Hate Crime and how some common themes can be addressed with this Year’s Hate Crime Investments Programme. Hate Crime is heavily under reported and more work is needed to highlight where and how reports can be made to support victims to feel more confident to report hate crime incidents.

Having been awarded a Hate Crime Awareness grant, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Bolton Pride are joining forces to deliver a creative training initiative to pro-actively raise the awareness of Hate Crime with a focus on LGBT+ issues across Bolton.

A six month awareness programme will be put together by the two organisations who will be working with youth groups around the borough. The programme will also be asking the groups involved to create and submit design ideas inspired by Hate Crime Awareness with a view to one design being chosen to produce a Hate Crime Awareness flag as a legacy that can be flown in support of organisations tackling Hate Crime across Greater Manchester.

James Edgington, Festival Director of Bolton Pride said: “I’m so thrilled that we are working with BWCT on this incredible project. Having a symbol or logo for any
organisation is immensely important and with Hate Crime being so common in our communities I think by having a symbol that defines Hate Crime Awareness is not only
important but necessary. Being able to create this in Bolton and offer it to the Greater Manchester family will be something that we can be proud of.”

Beth Warriner, Inclusion Development Officer at BWCT said: “BWCT are delighted to be working with Bolton Pride on this Hate Crime Awareness project.LGBT+ inclusion is something we are passionate about as an organisation and we can’t wait to see how the thoughts and ideas the young people of Bolton will help shape the programme.”

Carl Austin-Behan, LGBT Advisor to the Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “I am really pleased to see this collaboration between Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Bolton Pride who will be engaging with young people right across the borough. With one simple message “No hate crime is acceptable, we all have a right
to live without fear, hostility and intimidation from others just because of who we are”.

It’s exciting, knowing that the creativity of all the groups involved will be able to look at rolling this out not just in Bolton, but across the whole of Greater Manchester and I fully support this initiative #WeStandTogether.”

If you are aged 12-25 and would like to sign up to be part of BWCT and Bolton Pride’s Hate Crime Awareness project, visit… https://www.bwctbp.eventbrite.co.uk with many different projects being planned across GM with more details available at letsendhatecrime.com

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