Last week saw the Bolton CVS launch of the 2021 Hate Crime Grants delivered through Bolton’s Fund.
Joined by speaker Councillor Mudasir Dean from Bolton Council and representatives from Greater Manchester Police, the launch also featured a showcase of some of the inspiring projects from last year’s funded projects and what they have achieved.
We heard about artist-led workshops through which people around Bolton have been able to engage with issues around hate crime. These have included inspirational artwork created through Bolton Community Rail Partnership projects, showcased on Platform 5 at Bolton Station; inspired artwork created by students through Raise the Youth’s project that centred on the equality act, protected characteristics and hate crime; and projects though Stand up Sisters who support vulnerable women to find their creative voices.
Dawn Yates-Obé, Chief Executive at Bolton CVS comments:
“The importance of these activities are double edged and mustn’t be underestimated – On one hand they are a vital outlet for people to able to express themselves, particularly those who have suffered at the hands of hate crime; and on the other, they are important in helping to propel awareness around such important issues throughout our town.
“This year’s hate crime grants continue to support the work of community projects and aim to help community groups with the important work they do in improving people’s understand of hate crime, improving people’s confidence to report it and awareness of the different ways this can be done.
“Bolton CVS is a hate crime reporting centre and we want to encourage members of the public to report incidents by contacting us, with confidence. We stand together in saying there is no place for hate crime in society.”
If you are a community group and would like to get involved in this important work of raising awareness and working to end hate crime, take a look at the hate crime grants now available through Bolton’s Fund: https://www.boltoncvs.org.uk/boltons-fund-0
A list of all hate crime reporting centres across Bolton can also be found on Bolton Council website’s hate crime page: https://www.bolton.gov.uk/community-safety-anti-social-behaviour/hate-crime