Pilot Project takes off in Kent!

Two leading companies Amey PLC and Relative Groundwork Ltd sponsored Hate Crime Education workshops in three schools in the Bromley, Kent area during the summer term 2017. Crystal Palace Community Foundation also contributed to the partnership by providing club merchandise and ground tours for young people who took part in the project.

Representatives from Amey, RGW and Crystal Palace attended every school and were impressed by the delivery of the classroom sessions and how positively the young people reacted in the discussions about discrimination; hate crime and how to report any incidents.

‘The Amey employees that attended over the two days returned positively "buzzing". If the students take half what my guys did from the events then they were a real success.’

(Darren Nolan Account Manager - London Borough of Bromley FM & Justice Amey )

‘Just wanted to email to say thank you for the invite to Warren Road on Friday, I spent some time in the workshops and the team were doing a great job, all the children were engaged and understanding the message they were bringing across.’

(Sam Bacon | PE & School Sport Officer Crystal Palace)

‘I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of your programme and was amazed at how you all were able to capture the essence of such hard hitting topics in such a professional and eloquent manner. To be perfectly honest, I wish the SRtRC scheme was in operation when I was in school as I feel that people of all ages, colour and creed can benefit from having an open forum where they can speak candidly about the issues affecting them in their daily lives. Exhibited, by the reactiveness of your team to be able to adapt the training sessions to focus on real life scenarios and tap into providing triggers to allow the children you are teaching to talk about concepts and concerns that are not usually addressed. I was truly impressed, by how the SRtRC is utilising the platform you hold to propel the importance of breaking down  the barriers to overcome discrimination by replacing ignorance with the power of knowledge.’

(Bianca Campbell Amey Project Manager London Borough of Bromley TFM | FM, Defence and Justice)

 We have received excellent feedback from the schools and everyone involved found the sessions extremely informative.

I just wanted to write and express my deepest thanks for the fantastic day that our year 6 children had recently at the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ training day.  I had been recommended the day by our Year 5 staff and felt that it was an important chance for our year 6s before they leave primary school and go to their various secondary schools.  I am so pleased we did! 

Every part of the day was well organised and the children were engaged throughout.  The assembly and video helped the children understand what the day was about and how important racism education is.  The team games were great fun and it was lovely to see children working in mixed groups.  Finally, the workshops were excellent.  Not only were they real and honest, but extremely informative and educational.  Please pass on my sincerest thanks to the educators Lionel Morgan, Francis Duku and Shona Chitate who were fantastic with the children and inspired the children to take risks and ask questions about a topic that is often taboo.  At the end of the day I asked my class if they had learnt something new – every child put their hand up.  I know that they fully enjoyed the day and feel more confident going to secondary school and meeting people from every background. Thank you also to Amey PLC, Ben Ralston and Relative Groundwork Limited for supporting and sponsoring this super event. 

(Sarah Palmer Assistant Head/Head of Year 6 -  Warren Road Primary School)

 Thank you! - Warren Road was recently lucky enough to welcome ‘Show Racism The Red Card’ in to school to work with our Y5 and Y6. The two days were sponsored by Relative Ground work Limited and Amey PLC. It had an instant, positive impact on all our children. It was fun and engaging while delivering a strong message of equality and respect. The Educators Lionel Morgan, Francis Duku and Shona Chitate were able to connect with the children in a way that is sometimes hard for teachers. The children looked up them and literally hung on their every word. We saw an immediate change in the way many of the boys and girls treated each other during football practice, but also on the playground. I would highly recommend their training. It really was outstanding.

(Tamara Fletcher Deputy Head Warren Road Primary School)

In total the Southern SRtRC team delivered 19 workshops and 19 fitness sessions to 570 pupils.  Steve Goodsell, Regional Manager for the Southern Team commented ‘The project has been a great success and has helped almost 600 young people have a greater understanding of the issues around hate crime and how to keep themselves safe. We are so very grateful for the support of Amey and Relative Groundwork Ltd, without which these school sessions would not have taken place’