Oldham Youth Council are happy to announce the launch of their Ally School’s Pack. This pack containing workshop activities is design to be used in schools, during form time, or by youth organisations.
Oldham is home to a diverse range of people and this diversity is a strength to be valued and promoted. However, Greater Manchester, and Oldham in particular, has a high number of hate crimes in comparison to the rest of the UK. Sadly in recent years these figures have risen, between September 2014 and September 2015 there was 32%(*) rise in race and religious hate crimes within Oldham. This left Oldham with the second highest number of reported hate crime incidents (351*), only coming behind Manchester (1116*) a city with a population five times bigger than that of Oldham. These figures rise even further when we have tragic events such as the Manchester Arena bombing and the London attacks, where Police recorded double the average hate crime incidents in days following these incidents.
Unfortunately it is not just race and religious hate crime that faces residents of Oldham. A report produced by gallop.org.uk showed that 4 in 5 LGBT people had experienced hate crime, that 25% had experienced violent hate crime and 10% had experienced sexual violence as part of a hate crime. At least 7,016 homophobic and transphobic hate crimes were recorded by UK police during 2014/15. That was an increase from at least 6,409 the previous year (**).
With this pack we will aim to address prejudice and discrimination wherever they are found, in order to make Oldham a fairer and more equitable place for all. We will also work with our partners to promote good equality practice to ensure that services are being fairly delivered everyone.
The Ally School’s Pack is a live document that will be updated with new activities and competitions. The most recent version can be found at http://oldhamyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Ally-Pack.pdf
At the moment we only have a pack for secondary schools and youth organisations working with 11-18 year olds. We are currently working on adapting our pack for primary aged children and this will be published soon.
ALLY ONE SCRIPT: Short Film Competition
ALLY ONE SCRIPT: Short Film Competition is now open for entries for all you aspiring film makers. We are inviting you to make a Film or Animation (up to a max length of 1 minute) that reflects our theme:
Prejudice & Discrimination
The films will be judged by a panel made up of Oldham Youth Councillors, including the directors of the original ‘4 films, 1 Script’. This panel will shortlist 3 films, from each category, to go through to the finals and a public vote.
WHO CAN ENTER?
ALLY ONE SCRIPT: Short Film Competition is open to schools and organisations within Oldham only and will be split into 2 categories:
- Category 1: Entries will be accepted from children, groups or individuals, in years 4 to 6.
- Category 2: Entries will be accepted from young people, groups or individuals, in years 7 to 13.
Organisations can enter more than one video.
For more information download the Ally Pack at http://oldhamyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Ally-Pack.pdf