Hundreds of young people attended the Hate Crime and Violence event which took place on Friday 13th July at the Fort Gardens, Milton Place, Gravesend.
The event was held to highlight the importance of saying no to hate crime against young people in the borough.
DJ Culture who recently appeared at London’s Wireless Festival was the host for the evening with performances from local young people who will be performing in the upcoming GYG showcase in November. All the performances were based around the ‘Say No to Hate Crime’ theme.
The Grand’s H4U committee worked alongside North Kent Police, and the council’s Community Safety team, to organise the event which was exclusively for young people aged 11 – 19 years.
Our Senior Youth Worker, Jackie wanted to create positive relationships in the borough. “At a time when we are seeing reports of increased violence and youth crime across the country, we are working even harder with young people, the Police and schools to foster positive relationships in the borough.
Gravesham has always been a place of tolerance and acceptance and we are working hard to ensure the next generation understand what hate crime is and how to tackle it if they experience it.
Hate Crime is a crime against someone’s religion, race, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation. Many adults don’t know the full scale that Hate Crime can include, so we need to ensure our young people do and that tolerance and understanding are key and are celebrated.”
All young people who attended the event gave a £1 donation which will go to Gravesham’s free youth counselling service at the Grand.