A network of public and voluntary sector organisations is calling on community groups to help raise awareness of the county’s new Hate Free Norfolk Pledge. Ten awards of £200 are being offered by the Hate Free Norfolk Network to fund events in March 2014 to mark its launch.
Hate Free Norfolk Chairman, Michelle de Oude, said: “The pledge is going to be formally launched during the week of 3-8 March 2014. It is something anyone can sign up to and stand up for the right of everyone in the county to live free from hate.
“We want to see the attitudes and behaviours that lead to hate challenged, reporting of hate incidents made easier, and victims and witnesses supported and taken seriously.
“We would like as many people as possible to know about the pledge and how they can support it. That’s why the network is making this funding available to community groups who can help us spread the word.”
PCC Stephen Bett has lent his voice to the Hate Free Norfolk campaign, saying: “Norfolk Police received around 1,000 hate incident reports last year but, from speaking to communities, I know there are many more victims than these figures suggest.
“As a county, we need to raise awareness and send the message that hate is not tolerated in Norfolk. I know that this is a top priority for the Hate Free Network of police and other public and community sector agencies, and I fully support what they are working to achieve.”
To be in with a chance of receiving one of the ten awards, the event(s) must take place in the week of 3-8 March 2014, involve the local community, and encourage people, groups and organisations to sign up to the pledge.
Further details, and funding application forms, are available on the Hate Free Norfolk website. The deadline for applications is 16 December 2013.
What is a hate incident?
A hate incident is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hatred for a particular person or group of people because they are seen as being different. This may be because of their disability, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or lifestyle.
The hate incident may or may not constitute a criminal offence.
Hate Free Norfolk – official website for Hate Free Norfolk