Staff from SRtRC with support from the police deliver workshops on hate crime to the YMCA School in Southend
What an amazing morning working with such passionate and enthusiastic young people. These young people deserve to be listened to, they deserve to be given a 'chance'. It truly was an inspiring morning and would love to go back!
Manisha Tailor, SRtRC educator
Show Racism the Red Card in association with the PCC visited The YMCA School in Southend on the 23/10/15. The aim was to talk to young people around hate crime and racism, and to bring in information about bullying and increasing empathy. Manisha Tailor and Clint Easton attended the day along with PC Gary Collard and Amber Saywer . An important aspect of the day is to break down any barriers between the young people and the police, and to encourage them to seek help if they experience any of the discussed issues. Manisha and Clint lead the day in the classrooms and fitness sessions, with Manisha saying "What an amazing morning working with such passionate and enthusiastic young people. I admired their honesty about how they have been made to feel, and to some extent, victims of discrimination based on race, gender, mental health and sexual orientation. Both groups of young people illustrated that they do not confirm to the label that has been put upon them in being at YMCA, by society and institutions, and rightly so. The key message given to them at the end of the session was that they should channel their frustrations in a way to create positive change. These young people deserve to be listened to, they deserve to be given a 'chance'. It truly was an inspiring morning and would love to go back!"
Teachers at the school appreciated our educators input “The educators led on two sessions with the students and both were pitched at the right level for the students that we have in our school. Both groups fully engaged in the learning and the safe space meant that they were confident in sharing their life experiences. This gave them a fair and accurate account of Hate Crimes” (Carol – Teacher at the YMCA School, Southend).
“The session was very engaging and the kids loved it! The pupils were very honest and both groups she had were different, but both engaged and interacted”. (Nicole – student social worker, YMCA School, Southend).
It was great having members of the police on hand to answer any technical questions, and to help out with the lessons. Thank you to the staff and students at YMCA school who made it a brilliant day of learning for us all, and thanks to the support of the police.