Local Heroes

The Local Heroes initiative is run by Devon & Cornwall Police and raises awareness of Bullying and Hate Crime.  Local Heroes work with young people to challenge intolerance and prevent bullying by celebrating diversity, and gives young people the opportunity to discuss these issues in a safe forum with students from other local schools and colleges and to bring back ideas and cascade them to others.  Newton Abbot College joined this initiative last year and has since incorporated it into their Anti-Bullying work at the College. A group of Year 10 students attended this year’s Local Heroes training day at the Future Inns in Plymouth which was run by trained Youth Workers and Local Heroes Ambassadors, including Shachar Head, International Powerlifter and former Newton Abbot College student. [caption id="attachment_7270" align="aligncenter" width="472"]Year 10 students with Shachar Head, a former Newton Abbot College student Year 10 students with Shachar Head, a former Newton Abbot College student[/caption] Throughout the day the students were taught how prejudice-based bullying can constitute Hate Crime, and were given the opportunity to recognise it and know who to report it to. This was achieved by watching a series of short films about religion, race and culture, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, gender, and urban tribe (Goth, Emo).  The students were then split into groups with other students to discuss and come up with ways to combat these crimes. [caption id="attachment_7271" align="aligncenter" width="543"]Year 10 students at the Future Inns at Plymouth for the Local Heroes training day (a Devon and Cornwall Police initiative). Year 10 students at the Future Inns at Plymouth for the Local Heroes training day (a Devon and Cornwall Police initiative).[/caption] Lewis Breslan from Newton Abbot College attended the training day and said “The day was full of interesting activities and really helped me to come away with a definitive understanding of Hate Crime and the impacts it can have on different people.  I also learnt how to report an event of Hate Crime and who to report it to, which I believe is important within this generation as I know not many people have the courage to report such events.”

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