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The last 12 months have been busy ones for us here at Bradford Hate Crime Alliance. From victim support, to awareness training, and many opportunities to engage with the general public, 2023 has been our busiest year yet!

Here’s just a little of what we’ve been up to…

Out and about in the community!

With over 25 roadshows and workshops under our belt, BHCA had distributed well over 3000 hate crime awareness leaflets and information sheets, all while having valuable conversations and supporting people to report hate crime in the process.

Hate Crime Awareness Week alone saw us reach out to the general public in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley.

Alongside that, we marked Race Equality Week working with West Yorkshire Police at The Broadway, liaised with students at Shipley and Bradford College as well as health and care partnership professionals, and promoted hate crime awareness at the Violence Reduction Partnerships recent multi-faith event.

Demand for hate crime awareness training is on the increase

Our hate crime awareness work continues to grow, and the multitude of opportunities to work with schools, communities, and workplaces has meant that in the last 12 months we have delivered hate crime awareness training to almost 1800 people across the district.

Highlights include our regular online and in house training sessions, talking with carers from within the disabled community, working with Bradford Cyrenians, and attending schools including Bradford Forster Academy.

During Hate Crime Awareness Week, we were delighted to work alongside West Yorkshire Police to deliver awareness training to criminology students at Leeds Trinity University.

Getting the message out there - Speak Up Speak Out!

With awareness comes the constant need for publicity, and the BHCA team have worked hard to raise the profile of the organisation and the support we can offer among the general public. That includes our online presence. Last year saw the launch of our brand new website and this year we have received over 56,000 web page hits.

Out web based app to report hate crime has had a makeover! With over 4200 hits this year, awareness is growing but we recognise there is work still to do and, with so much of our daily lives being run on our phones, the web app reporting mechanism could well be the way forward for more people to readily access hate crime reporting. As such, the new design and simplified interface will allow users to quickly and effectively report hate crime, either as a victim, or as a witness, echoing our call for communities across the district to be upstanders, rather than bystanders, in the fight against hate crime by speaking up and speaking out.

A Series of Difficult Conversations

Podcast microphoneOur podcast audience and output continues to develop. If any episode helps just one person listening to find the courage to come forward and report the hate crimes they are experiencing, then they are worth doing. With downloads now in the thousands, some of our episodes are proving to be very popular, most recently our discussion about the 1999 Soho nail bomb attack with local journalist and playwright Jonathan Cash which you can listen to here.

Jonathan has worked tirelessly to promote the work we do here at BHCA, including mentioning us in an interview with the Daily Mirror about his experiences as a survivor of the attack, 25 years on which you can access here.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in our podcast series so far to help us make a difference, and of course to our listeners!

Empowering youths at risk

Teenager at a reporting meeting - close up on clutching handsThe Hate Crime Alliance has been actively working with young people susceptible to radicalisation. These young people are often drawn into extremist ideologies unwittingly, leaving parents, guardians, and educators struggling to manage their behavior and viewpoints.

Over the past year, the Alliance has provided one-on-one support to help these youths see the world through a different lens. This personalised approach allows us to understand their perspectives and present counter-narratives to their extremist views. We focus on developing critical thinking skills, empowering them to explore their own thoughts and ideas.

Our highly skilled team tackles complex issues affecting young people, enabling them to navigate these challenges and move towards a more positive path. If you would like to get involved or learn more please feel free to get in touch.

How can we help you?

Business Training Banner training For Learn skill productivity capacity Building knowledge developmentFinally…how can we help you? In many different ways! If you are a victim of a hate crime but you are unsure of what to do or whether to report it, then get in touch, either by calling 0800 169 1664, or emailing information@bradfordhatecrimealliance.org.uk

You can help us too, by downloading the mobile web app which can be found at http://www.listenbradford.com.

If you require awareness training for your school, organisation, or community then please get in touch! We can create bespoke packages that cater to all your needs and provide you with the essential tools you need to report hate crime, either as a victim or as a witness, as well as gaining a greater awareness of how YOU can help to tackle hate crime.

Thank you for your continued support!