It’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week and for those who don’t know, a hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice. This may be conducted due to prejudice about disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or transgender identity.

This week, we’re sharing information and resources on our social media to help raise awareness of hate crime in Lancashire, and signpost support and resources available for those affected.

The campaign urges individuals to share the message of #SpreadLoveNotHate, which is why we are also highlighting some of our amazing Lancashire-based Support Groups that help to make our county a more inclusive, supportive, and better place to live, work, and play for everyone.

Remember, you can also select the ‘Support’ category to find more groups like these in your area here.

 

Disability Equality North West

Disability Equality are based in Preston, and deliver services across Lancashire to support disabled people and help them live independently and be active in their communities.

They also operate a Hate Crime Project, specifically to support anybody who has been a victim of or witness to a Disability Hate Crime.

You can find out more about the project and what they do here.

 

 

LGBT Youth Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde

Offering LGBT support in weekly youth groups for young people from aged 10 to 25, the group also have a Trans specific group and can offer one to one help for all ages. Additionally, for families with an LGBT relative or child, they also offer support in their Family Support Group.

LGBT Youth offer a safe place for people to meet for advice, information, guidance, and social action projects. They even run fun activities, creative workshops, and days out too.

You can find out more about the group here.

 

The 180 Project

The 180 Project helps adults in early recovery from addiction to become the best version of themselves, by breaking the vicious cycle of addiction, crime and prison.

Their programme uses functional fitness to bring people together, offering a new lifestyle and providing purpose which all starts in a gym environment, not a clinical or traditional service setting. They offer a safe and accepting community, where individuals can rebuild their health and find new friendships, hobbies, jobs, and life opportunities.

You can find out more about the 180 Project here.

 

Space Youth Bus

Meeting the needs of young people in their own communities who need access to a safe place, Space Youth Bus breaks down territorial barriers to overcome any restrictions against young people who cannot attend youth clubs or ‘permanent’ facilities due to cost, location or behavioural issues or special needs.

Their team encourage young people to bring any school projects they’re working on, and they offer support and advice on all issues that young people may be facing.

You can find out more about the Space Youth Bus here.

 

An Inclusive Future Community Interest Company (AIF CIC)

An Inclusive Future Community Interest Company aims to make a positive difference by developing and delivering projects supporting a wide range of local community groups, centres, and BAME communities. They also offer support services to substance misusers, people with learning difficulties, individuals suffering from long term health problems, and many more.

They aim to address inequalities within communities, develop new and innovative projects in order to improve community wellbeing, promote equality of opportunity, and celebrate diversity.

You can find out more about the project and what they do here.

 

Our team want to work with you to make Lancashire’s groups accessible. They are well connected to public services and organisations across Lancashire, so if you’re interested in joining a group or setting one up yourself, make sure to contact one of our Community Engagement Officers here.