Year-long hate crime cam­paign is hailed a suc­cess

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

A YEAR-LONG hate crime aware­ness cam­paign by Cross Keys Homes in the Dogsthorpe and Wel­land ar­eas of the city has ended.

The cam­paign’s aim was to in­crease the un­der­stand­ing of hate crimes and the im­pact it has on vic­tims and help­ing those who had ex­pe­ri­enced hate crimes.

A num­ber of ini­tia­tives were run by Cross Keys Homes with Cam­bridgeshire po­lice, Peter­bor­ough Race Equal­ity Coun­cil and Peter­bor­ough Me­di­a­tion in­clud­ing a world food and cul­ture New Year’s party where chil­dren dressed up in var­i­ous cos­tumes, savour­ing foods from many coun­tries as well as en­joy­ing and learn­ing about dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

An­other ini­tia­tive in­volved res­i­dents at Larch Grove shel­tered scheme be­ing vis­ited reg­u­larly by young peo­ple who had pre­vi­ously caused anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at the scheme.

Gemma Wood, Cross Keys Homes anti-so­cial be­hav­iour man­ager, said: “This is a fine ex­am­ple of what can be achieved when agen­cies pull to­gether. Many of the ini­tia­tives em­bod­ied in this year-long cam­paign will be rolled out across Peter­bor­ough as a good ex­am­ple of best prac­tise. We are very pleased with the re­sults.”

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