Carl Parker from the Safer Croydon Partnership Unit is working with Performing Arts and Access to Higher Education students to raise awareness of hate crime by sharing their experiences. These experiences will be used as a stimuli to produce a play that will be performed by the Performing Arts students in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon.
Foundation for Access student, Jackie Hormby, is very passionate about the project. “As Croydon College is the first ‘Rights & Respecting College’ in the UK, we have been volunteering our time to continue to raise hate crime awareness. This project is encouraging us to become more confident, self-aware and to take responsibility for our own learning. It is also inspiring us to develop our potential as responsible citizens within the workplace, the community and society. This is a successful opportunity that is really taking off.”
Parker said the students are always very keen to work towards this awareness project. “I have been working with University Centre students for two years now and the students I work with are very engaging and the response is much greater this year. It is very encouraging that students are able to speak up about dealing with difficult situations and find ways of working together.”
Access Lecturer, Kathleen Hawke, is also thrilled with the students input. “The students have been amazing so far! They have gained confidence and have been able to showcase their work around the area, in places like the Town Hall.”
On Thursday 24 May, The Mayor of Croydon will be presenting the students with certificates for their outstanding contributions towards raising hate crime awareness within the Croydon Community and improving their employability skills, delivered by the Ministry of Defence Education Outreach programme.