The Sophie Lancaster Foundation Receive UK Government Funding
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Written by Kate   
Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:09

 

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation Receive Government Funding To Help Challenge and Increase Reporting of Hate Crime

The Sophie Lancaster will receive £50,000 from the UK Government to support and develop their work challenging prejudices that lead to hate crime.

The Department of Communities and Local Government recognises the work we have been doing in schools, colleges and with young offenders and for the first time are funding the foundation to enable them to further their reach.

Sylvia Lancaster, who’s work with the charity creating Sophie’s legacy, received an OBE for “Community Cohesion and Reduction of Hate Crime” in 2014, has been a member of the Cross Party Hate Crime Independent Advisory Group since 2010.

She said,

“For this funding to be granted in Sophie’s 10th anniversary year is validation of our work in my daughter’s memory. Sophie was murdered in a hate motivated attack and I have spent my time since the day she died trying to ensure no one else suffers because they are expressing their individuality”

She added,

“The UK Government have long recognised that hate crimes damage our communities and are supporting work to strengthen the education that is needed to challenge and prevent intolerance and prejudice. We start with primary school age children while also training police and other professionals. We are grateful for this funding that will support us to develop resources that raise empathy and encourage the celebration, not fear, of ‘difference’.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Communities and Local Government described their long and fruitful relationship with the charity, stating “We’ve had a relationship with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation for a while and we identified an opportunity to fund their valuable work. This wasn’t a bid process, but rather the recognition of the need for certain groups to receive extra support.”

Responding to queries about government recognition of discrimination against people of alternative subcultures, they added “The fact that we are funding [the Foundation] alongside other charities shows that we do treat this kind of discrimination as a concern.

Communities Minister Sajid Javid said,

“Let me be clear. Hate crime has no place whatsoever in British society. We will not stand for it. All communities must be able to live their lives free from fear of verbal or physical attack.”

The full press release from the Department of Communities can be read here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-hate-crime-package-to-target-groups-at-need

For more information please contact The Sophie Lancaster Foundation on 01706 216969