Ron Hogg with Mrs O'Callaghan and Oliver Bernard
Pupils at Whinfield Primary School in Darlington are to attend a series of anti-racism workshops at their school, on Friday.
The anti-racism workshops will be delivered by the former Newcastle United footballer Olivier Bernard, and Cat Hutchison of Show Racism the Red Card. They will give the young people a real understanding of the effects of racism on the individuals who experience it, and on the wider community in which they live.
Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, said: “I have made reducing the impact of hate crime a key objective in my new Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan. It’s great to see how receptive these young people are to these workshops and I am sure that they will be in a better position to celebrate diversity and to discourage racial hatred as a result.”
Anti-Racism Education Worker Cat Hutchinson said: “Unfortunately racism and Hate Crime are on the rise and we are noticing that some people have an increasingly complex set of prejudices. Now more than ever we need to create a safe environment for young people and adults to talk about the things that confuse and anger them whilst allowing for their views to be challenged and alternative perspectives to offered.”
Posted on Friday 6th January 2017