College students help with community hate crime project

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College students help with community hate crime project

05 January 2015

Hate Crime Video

Media students from Bracknell & Wokingham College have recently been working on a community project with the Bracknell Forest Partnership to support the victims of Hate Crime in the area.

The Bracknell Forest Partnership brings together agencies that deliver public services, including the local councils, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, and Primary Care Trust, with businesses and people that represent voluntary organisations and the community. Their aim is to improve the quality of life in the borough.

As one of the organisations supporting this partnership the college media students were approached by Inspector Jon Goosey - Deputy Local Policing Area Commander for Bracknell and Abby Thomas, Head of Community Engagement and Equalities for Bracknell Forest Council.

The students were tasked with producing videos which would raise awareness of the impact of hate crimes and the help available to the victims as part of the partnerships campaign called ‘One Community – Stop Hate Crime Now’. The aims of this project are to:

·         Raise awareness of hate crime

·         Encourage the reporting of hate crime and supporting victims of hate crime

·         Targeting those who may perpetrate hate crime

·         Provide support and guidance to licensed premises and other businesses/organisations on dealing with incidents.

The final edits of the videos will now be sent to all the local schools and to the police for them to use to further increase the awareness of hate crime.

Inspector Jon Goosey said:

“I would like to thank the students for producing these videos. They are in the heart of our community and it has been great to work with the college to produce these short videos which were very well received at the public viewing.

The production of these impactful videos gives great support to this campaign by visually illustrating how people can be affected by such hostility and unacceptable behaviour.”

Media Student Hannah Collman, 18, from Bracknell, was pleased to be able to work on a community project and delighted at the impact her video has had:

“I enjoyed being able to create and participate in something that aims to put an end to something so bad. It felt like a positive thing, even though it was quite a deep topic. It’s broadened my knowledge on hate crimes that are committed in the UK each year and it was definitely a real eye opener.

“At first I didn’t realise the affect my video could have on people. I uploaded it to YouTube and people have commented saying that it really helped them accept and address the fact that they had been a hate crime victim and they now felt confident speaking up.”

Media tutor Denise Meller was proud of her students’ contribution to the project and also highlighted how the project helped them to develop key employability skills:

“Those who came to the public viewing were very impressed with the final videos and I felt extremely proud that they were able to make such a professional contribution to a community project.

“The opportunity to work on a real project for a real client was one which the students will really benefit from. It taught them about working to a very specific brief and deadline, project management, handling a sensitive subject and producing work to a professional standard.”

More of the final videos can be seen on the college YouTube page.

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