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Durham Commissioner Shows Racism the Red Card


Gary Bennett (L), Laura Pidcock (Center) and Ron Hogg (R) with students

County Durham youngsters are set to benefit from learning about the dangers of racism, thanks to extra funding earmarked for the area.

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, is committed to reducing the impact of hate crime and has awarded funding to the charity Show Racism the Red Card, enabling more young people to familiarise themselves with the causes and consequences of racism and to respect the differences between people, regardless of ethnicity.

Ron presented the cheque at a recent visit to Blessed John Duckett Primary School in Tow Law, where he attended one of the interactive workshops with students.

He said: "This was a fantastic event and I would like to say well done to all of the pupils who got involved in the workshops. I believe this funding will help young people across the force area prepare to play an active role as good citizens in a growing, multi-racial and multi-cultural society."

Laura Pidcock, North East Education Team Manager for Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Thanks to funding from Mr Hogg, schools in County Durham and Darlington are able to access our service free of charge. This means any school in the area is able to contact our charity and book a day of workshops for their school.

Commenting on what schools will expect as part of the learning opportunity, Laura said: "The day is a brilliant chance for young people to think about the world around them. Young people will be encouraged to reflect on the following; how their ideas and opinions are shaped, the process of judging people, the process of stereotyping and appropriate use of terminology when describing people. The day will also ask young people to think about how they can be involved in taking action against racism.

"Show Racism the Red Card always ensures the workshops are carried out in a safe and non-judgemental way. The young people will also take part in a fun-football fitness session carried out by one of our ex-professional footballers.

"We want to thank the Police and Crime Commissioner for providing this opportunity to schools in the area.”

Teachers interested in booking a free day of workshops for their school can contact Show Racism the Red Card at: wendy@theredcard.org or call 0191 2576200.

Follow PCC Ron Hogg on Twitter: @RonaldHogg1, or for organisation updates: @DurhamPCC, and Show Racism the Red Card at: @SRTRC_England

Posted on Tuesday 30th December 2014
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