NCS teens research hate crime in support of JUST Lincolnshire

A group of 16 and 17 year olds from Lincoln have spent their summer holidays giving back to the community following four weeks learning new skills and meeting new friends on the National Citizen Service (NCS) youth programme.

The group of 13 worked together to create their own social action project using the skills they’d developed on the programme. After learning about hate crime in Lincoln, the group chose to dedicate their project to JUST Lincolnshire by campaigning, researching and addressing hate crime in Lincolnshire.

The group presented their findings in a presentation at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce on Friday 28 July. Guest included the Mayor of Lincoln, Chris Burke, Police Commissioner, Marc Jones and Daryl Pearce, Public Protection Officer at Lincolnshire County Council.

Wesley Shelbourne, General Manager at Just Lincolnshire, said: “JUST Lincolnshire had the privilege of hosting a group of young people on the NCS programme for two weeks. The project the group worked on was focused on Hate Crime and its impact, particularly on young people. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm of the group and how they engaged with JUST Lincolnshire as an organisation and the theme of the project.

“Their final presentation was of a really high standard and full of original thinking and ideas. I have no doubt that the work this group took part in will form a lasting legacy and inform further thinking about Hate Crime and its consequences.”

As part of their research, the group looked at historic tragedies including the Holocaust and Chechnya. They also visited the National Holocaust Centre in Newark, where they had the opportunity to probe the roots of discrimination and prejudice.

The project will also have a lasting legacy with several members becoming ambassadors for JUST Lincolnshire, and promoting equality, tackling discrimination and celebrating diversity of Lincolnshire in their local schools.

Phil Everett from EM1, the regional NCS provider commented: "This was just one of the amazing projects the young people came up with on this summer’s programme – from gardening to fence painting the young people demonstrated a huge amount of passion and determination of supporting their local community and making a difference.”

The EBP is the Regional Delivery Partner for the EM1 region of the East Midlands, with programmes running in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

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