Hate crime charity New Vision is running specialist disability awareness training sessions thanks to a grant from The Gateshead Housing Company’s Community Fund.
With the £2,000 grant from the fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, the organisation is delivering bespoke workshops on hate crime, mate crime, safe places and safe reporting centres, as well as social responses to hate crime.
New Vision, which was formed in 2004, is a social enterprise run by seven people with learning disabilities. It provides training to raise awareness of learning disabilities and aims to make businesses and community services more accessible and inclusive.
The interactive workshops use drama, scenarios based on real-life experiences, poems, activities and film.
The sessions, as shown in the photo, include feedback activities where the group watches a short film on mate crime then discusses what’s happening and the options and support available to those affected.
Jamie Conway from New Vision Training said, “It’s great to have the support of the Community Fund to help us raise awareness and reduce hate crime.
“The aim is to make Gateshead a more inclusive place for all residents to live regardless of learning disabilities.”
Jon Goodwin, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation, said: “New Vision Training is a worthy recipient of this grant. The sessions link with the Community Fund’s aspirations to support work that prevents hate crime.”
Since 2006, the Community Fund has awarded cash and in-kind grants totalling over £500,000 to more than 120 groups across Gateshead.
You can read more about the fund, and apply online via the Community Foundation website.
To find out more about New Vision Training email Jamie Conway.
Photo: The group taking part in activities during a hate crime training session run by New Vision.