Network Launch – Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre – 15 + 16 October 2019

Launch event – 15 October

On 15 October the University of Portsmouth will host the launch of the Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre Network. Superintendent Steve Burridge of Hampshire Constabulary will join Bernie Topham, Chief Operating Officer of the University of Portsmouth along with other organisations to sign a partnership agreement. If you would like your organisation to be involved and become a third party reporting centre please contact Freida.M’

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Black History Month and African-Caribbean Fusion Festival

Portsmouth Black History Committee hosts an afternoon of African and Caribbean food, music, fashion, culture and art. The Festival will be held on 5th October 2019 at the University of Portsmouth Eldon Building to celebrate the heritage, culture and diversity of local African and Caribbean communities. Everyone is welcome.

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International Peace Day 21 September 2019

Join us on 21st September 2019 at Southsea Fire Station from 11am – 4pm for a fun filled community festival celebrating the UN International Day of Peace.

The day will include stalls, food vendors, performances and fashion, celebrating different cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles that are found in Portsmouth, as well as games and activities for all ages.

Please get in touch if you would like to run an activity, sign up to perform, prepare food or volunteer on the day! For further information please email Freida.M’

You can download a poster below to share in the community.

The event is also on Facebook if you would like to share it

Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme Year 4

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The Home Office is pleased to announce that year 4 of the Government’s Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme launched 5 July 2019, and is now open for applications until 23:59 on the 31 August 2019. The team have made improvements to this year’s scheme to make it easier for places of worship to apply. This includes removing the need for applicants to find their own quotes for security measures; instead applicants will benefit from a central supplier for assessments, quotes and installation. This will save small and volunteer run institutions significant mounts on administrative costs. In addition we have opened the scheme to include faith community centres, and broadened the eligibility criteria so that applicants no longer need to show they have already experienced hate crime. Instead the test will be vulnerability to hate crime.

The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (we define this as a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales. More information

You can find the announcement at and through social media;

FREE Workshop on County Lines and Child Criminal exploitation

Active Communities Network is offering a free workshop on 17 July 2019  to all those who work with and support vulnerable children and young people to explain what CCE / County Lines is and how it affects children, vulnerable adults and our communities.  This is a free event but spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come basis.

Please follow the link here for more details and to book your place.

Tombstoning – A deadly game

Jumping into the sea from walls or piers is called tombstoning for a reason. Since 2004, around 20 people in the UK have died from it.  People who jump don’t know how shallow the water could be, or what’s under the water – like rocks. The shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim, and currents can sweep people away. Young children may also watch older ones and want to copy them.

Please talk to your children about the dangers of jumping into the sea.

Our Community Wardens and youth workers work to help keep young people safe. You can report incidents or concerns to the wardens on 0800 085 3840. If you’re concerned about crime, call police on 101. If life is in danger, or in another emergency, call 999.

Funding Opportunities for schools

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The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund (hwicf) has just opened up its latest funding round. There are three grants which could be particularly appropriate to bids from schools:

  • Small Grants Small Items: which provides grants of £250-£500 for one-off items or small items of expenditure which will benefit the local community. Examples given include a new cooker for a luncheon club, and sports equipment for youth clubs, so this might be an appropriate fund to pay for items that are shared with community groups using a school building.
  • Better Start provides grants of £1,000-£5,000, for projects that help tackle childhood poverty for those aged up to 21 years old. The suggestions include those helping children with access to a nutritious meal or  projects that help build family resilience, so this may be an avenue for securing additional funding for breakfast or after school clubs working with vulnerable children, or wide work with their families.
  • #iwill awards grants of £1,000-£5,000 to encourage young people aged between 10 and 20 to lead change and make a positive contribution to their communities, particularly in less affluent areas. Grants should deliver opportunities for young people to get involved in campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference in their local area.
  • The contact number at hwicf is 01256 776101, email
  • If helpful I am very happy to look over draft bids – Tel : 023 9284 1973.