Safer Bristol, The partnership responsible for co-ordinating actions which will tackle the adverse effects of crime and drugs on communities, has been declared winner in the Advancing Equality Award category in the Compact Awards 2013.
The Compact Awards are given by the Compact Voice network who work to ensure that strong, effective partnerships are at the heart of all relationships between the voluntary sector and government – locally and nationally.
The Compact Advancing Equality Award is awarded to Compact partnerships, groups or activities which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to equality, through promoting services, activities, or events which help advance equality of opportunity, or actively seek to tackle and challenge discrimination, and has been awarded to Safer Bristol in recognition of the work it has done in setting up a Hate Crime partnership in the city which covers reporting of Homophobic Hate Crime.
Bristol Hate Crime Services is a collaboration between S.A.R.I., Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind and LGBT Bristol with support from the Diversity Trust and was set up earlier this year. The service is for victims of any type of hate crime including homophobic, transphobic, racist, faith-based, disablist, age-based or gender based. Nearly 1,600 incidents of hate crime were reported in Bristol last year and many go unreported. Victims will receive specialist advice, and support will be tailored to individual needs and experiences. Plans include a new website, a freephone reporting and advice line 24 hours a day and drop in at various access points throughout Bristol.
Announcing the winners at the ceremony held in London , Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, said: “The winners of the 2013 Compact Awards all display thoughtful and collaborative partnership working. The winners show just how much can be achieved when people work well in partnership and I would like to congratulate all the winners and shortlisted entrants, and encourage others to look to their impressive example.”
Speaking earlier in the year, when the scheme was launched, Simon Cook – Assistant Mayor, Bristol City Council said “This new service, delivered in partnership and grant funded by Bristol City Council, will make it easier for victims of hate crime to get the support that they need. Working together we can use the expertise of all the organisations in
volved to tackle hate crime and make Bristol a safer place to be.”
Hate Crime can be reported via S.A.R.I’s freephone one stop reporting line on 0800 171 2272.