Category Archives: Advocacy

Hate Crime Awareness week, 2016

 Julia from Eastside Community Heritage reports on Hate Crime Awareness week, 2016


It was Hate Crime Awareness Week and we all gathered at Dagenham Library to talk with children, parents and carers about bullying and hate crime. We handed out t-shirt, made badges and shared ideas. Here is our video from the day. We hope you enjoy it.

Safer Neighbourhood Board (Dagenham)

Online technologies and the Internet offer a great deal to young people with disabilities. However,  Internet Safety is very important as well. Hayley, Georgina and Julia report. 


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Pictured: The MET Police (rear),  Georgina (front left), Hayley (volunteer AbPhab and Eastside Community Heritage), Julia (Eastside Community Heritage) and Anne-Marie Haxel (Safer Neighbourhood Board Officer, Barking and Dagenham)

This month we addressed the Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting and we talked about disability hate crime and bullying.

Julia told the group that  technology was really good for young people  because it helped them stay connected with their world. She said technology and IT skills enabled young people to study, work and participate in activities.

Hayley said that technology was important but we must also teach people how to stay safe online and learn how to report bullying. Hayley told the group about our video project. She said our videos are encourage young people to share their knowledge with other  young people.

Georgina talked about technology and risk. She said that young people with disabilities need, and want, the same chances in life as young people without disabilities. Georgina  said that many parents are worried by online bullying, grooming or stalking so they limit their children from using technology. But Georgina was worried that by limiting their use of the Internet, parents were limiting their children. She said that young people with disabilities need education, training and support so they can use the Internet AND stay safe.

Georgina also said that young people make the best teachers. Young people like to learn from other young people and they share their ideas on places like YouTube or Instagram. She said that many parents and carers could learn from their children and other young people in the community.

Everyone liked our ideas and they clapped at the end of our talk. It was a really wonderful session and we thank the Safer Neighbourhood Board for letting us speak to them.

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Camden People First

Julia went to visit Camden People First. She met with a group of people from a Learning Disability Hate Crime group and found a friendly and useful service. This is her report.  


Tucked away in Camden is Camden People First. Camden People First is a self-advocacy project run and led by people with learning difficulties.

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It’s a friendly and welcoming place where people with a learning disability speak up for themselves, make decisions about their lives, and take action to claim their rights.

Look at their website and you will see that they run a number of different projects as well as a fantastic Learning Disability Hate Crime and Mate Crime project.

Camden People First is also a reporting centre so anyone with a learning disability can talk to them about bullying and hate crime.

The Hate Crime Team  meets every Monday morning to talk about Hate Crime and Mate Crime. The group provides support to people experiencing hate and mate crime.  They also run training sessions for police and schools.

Dawn is the project co-ordinator.