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“Being different is not a crime”

‘It takes all kinds of people to build a community’ are the words used on the front cover of the new guide ‘Being different is not a crime’ offering advice on challenging hate crime recently launched to a packed audience by Blackpool Council's Funded by the Office of the Third sector and administered locally by the Community Faith Equality and Diversity unit. Foundation for Lancashire, the programme Produced by the unit, the guide is a is designed to respond to local issues and continuing part of the universal drive to support the diverse needs of communities. challenge crimes against people who are sometimes viewed as different and to It also aims to complement an area's Local emphasise the strength and value of Area Agreement focussing on equality and diversity in Blackpool. Children and Young People; ● Healthier Communities and Older People; ● Employment, learning and skills, education or training; ● Urban renewal, safer stronger communities or environment. Applicants should be not-for-profit third sector groups, that have been active for at least 12 months and clearly meet the needs of a local community. Groups must have had an annual income of less than £20,000 (average in the last 3 years).

Recent media reporting seems to show an increase in hate crime, and such headlines as ‘Pensioner beaten and robbed’…’Cruel theft of disability wheelchair’….and ‘Goth girl kicked to death because she looked different’…give us a growing perception of hate crime, but given the reaction of people at the event there is a real desire to do something about it, and a start is about everyone reporting incidents with confidence that effective remedies will happen. PC Julie Hall Diversity Officer of the Lancashire Police western division said ‘The crux of the matter is that we have to have people reporting incidents and crimes to us before the agencies can do anything about it. Agencies are working together but the message is that people need to do their part by reporting crime’. ‘Being different is not a crime’ is available in a range of formats from the Equality and Diversity Unit, Blackpool Council. For further information or to obtain a copy please telephone 01253 477117 or e-mail equalities@blackpool.gov.uk .It is also available online at www.blackpool.gov.uk/hatecrime by Stephen Brookes © 2008

Eligible activities include: Staff costs ● Training ● Putting on events ● Expanding an existing project ● Equipment that will benefit the group For further information contact: Community Foundation for Lancashire c/o Alliance & Leicester Bridle Road Bootle GIR 0AA Tel: 0844 561 9649 Application packs also available at www.cfmerseyside.org.uk

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