Race Hate Awareness & Prevention (RHAP)
To provide a casework service for victims of racism providing practical and emotional support .
To engage with groups and individuals to educate on the impact of racist victimisation and highlight why early intervention is vital in order to create a more tolerant and cohesive society.
June 2008 - May 2012
Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council
Racism in society has always been a problem particularly post WW2 with the mass migration to Britain.
Racist incidents have been steadily increasing over the years and there is a real need to tackle its occurance by engaging with groups on this agenda. If left unchallenged, racism can tear communities apart and isolate those experiencing it.
The service will provide vital support to those affected by racism by liaising with key agencies to find resolutions to their problems. The service will also have awareness raising elements which will by public facing thus allowing us to engage with diverse audiences on this agenda. There will also be an educational element to this service as we will go into schools and community groups to work with young people on empowering them to challenging racial prejudices.
Reduced isolation of 410 victims of racial harassment by the end of the project.
Activities» Provide a confidential support service for victims of racism. We will be highly accessible and advertise our service across lots of mediums.
Success will be... Providing support to over 410 victims. At the moment we have exceeded this as more demands are being placed on our service to provide such specialist support.
Greater public awareness and access to communities to report incidents.
Activities» Attend over 12 community awareness days to highlight project and engage with diverse groups.
Success will be...attending over 12 public/community awareness days. Again demands being placed on our service and the need to be visible means we have exceeded this already.
Provide education on challenging racial prejudices.
Activities» Deliver three training / awareness sessions to community groups and schools and engage with 400 beneficiaries
Success will be...providing awareness to over 400 beneficiaries. There has been a massive need for us to deliver this and already we have delivered to over 1600 beneficiaries!
Engage with 50 local agencies to improve services for victims of racism.
Activities» Attend Multi-agency panels and work in partnership with agencies on initiatives to improve services for victims of racism.
Success will be...engaging with over 50 local agencies. Our expertise in this field has attracted lots of organisations with us working with over 180 organisations already
The service will lead to greater cohesion in society and will ultimately lead to a reduction in racist incidents occuring and being reported to lead agencies. Success will be demonstrated via a reduction in reports.
Working with young people will also lead to a shift in attitudes and again will result in a reduction in racist incidents taking place. Success will be measured and demonstrated via the feedback mechanisms implemented with this activity.
A risk would be the emergence of far right extremist activity in ourl locality which could negatively affect community cohesion and lead to an increase in racist incidents.
We have already responded to such a risk as quite recently we had protests from the EDL and UAF in Preston. We worked very closely with lead agencies to ensure the strategic and community response had little disruption to community cohesion.
We will provide an annnual account to donors detailing all our activities. We will also work with donors to ensure that we report back to them as per their requirements.
Budget - Project Cost: £71,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £11,000 Running expenses Rent,overheads, phone lines, admin £5,000 Training Attending training & expenses £55,000 Salaries 2 officers to manage activities
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Big Lottery £368,000 Conditional
We are based in Lancashire which is a diverse County. There have been community cohesion challenges over the years due to the ethnic makeup of the county.
The residents of Lancashire will benefit from the service. The service will be widely advertised across the county for all to access.
Young people from Lancashire will also benefit from the school based activities
Having been founded through a race equality interest and being in existence for over 40 years means that we are better equipped to rise to and respond to community cohesion challenges in Lancashire.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Project manager. Nafysa has a wealth of expertise in the race equality movement and will provide strategic direction for the service.
Race Hate officer who will run the casework service for victims of racism and liaise with key agencies.