Hate Crime

A project which tackles issues around disability hate crime and the impact it has on travel choices for young people in Redditch, has been deemed a success.

The Travel Ambassadors’ project was commissioned by Redditch Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership with funding from the County Council’s Choose How you Move project.

It targeted students from HOW College and aims to tackle these issues by equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves safe in life and while travelling.

Through the project workshops on Hate Crime, Public Transport, Mate Crime, Confidence, Problem Solving, Cyberbullying and E-Safety, Personal Safety, Safe Places and Independence have been delivered.

Youth worker and company director of Future Youth Impact Ltd, Louise Couch, who is delivering the project on behalf of the Council, said: “This project helps students develop their independence and gives them a voice and the freedom to use public transport safely.”

Alongside the workshops, 15 students received 1:1 mentoring to address specific issues they have around travel. It is hoped that some of the students will go on to become Travel Ambassadors within their local community and talk about their experiences with their travel experiences.

Councillor Joe Baker, whose portfolio covers community safety, said: “This project has already seen successful outcomes as since it started students feel more confident to report incidents of hate crime and in making their travel choices.”