Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) specialise in race and faith-based hate crime.
Brandon Trust specialise in supporting disabled people and tackling disability hate crime.
Working to support BHCDS, OTR Bristol will be providing advice and support to the partnership on issues regarding gender, sexuality and identity. SARI continues to deliver casework services to LGBTQ+ victims of hate crime.
Bristol Mind supports victims of disability hate crime due to their mental health, and promotes better mental health for all.
Bristol Law Centre help people with complex cases involving the law.
Resolve West work with people to resolve conflict or repair harm through direct or indirect communication.
The Bristol Hate Crime & Discrimination Services launch event will be held at City Hall, Bristol on Thursday 30th November 2017.
Please come and celebrate the launch of our newly configured and enhanced collaboration led by SARI with Avon and Bristol Law Centre, Brandon Trust, Bristol Mediation, Bristol Mind and LGBT Bristol. Together we are delivering your local hate crime and discrimination services offering free, confidential casework, mediation and restorative justice for tackling hate and prejudice, guidance and advice for agencies and communities, training, awareness and empowerment sessions for community groups and residents and much more besides.
Come and learn about our current services, our plans and share your own ideas too.
We will be celebrating with music, presentations, the spoken word, performances and food!
Tickets are free, and you can get one by heading over to the EventBrite page here. Alternatively, you can call 0117 942 0060, our freephone: 0800 171 2272 or email: email@example.com. Please let us know if you have any support or access needs.
Monday 30th March 2020
Statement from Bristol Hate Crime & Discrimination Services (BHCDS)
Change in our LGBTQ+ specialist partner from LGBT Bristol to Off the Record (Bristol) LGBTQ+ Service
It is with sadness that we are having to say goodbye to LGBT Bristol as our specialist partner for dealing with bi-phobic, homophobic, transphobic and other LGBTQ+ related hate crime and incidents. This comes after working with them since we first formed in 2013. We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership and jointly done so much positive work together to make a difference for local communities.
On a positive note, we are very pleased to announce that Off the Record (OTR) Bristol’s LGBTQ+ Service have agreed to be our new partner, led by their LGBTQ+ lead, Henry Poultney with Natasha Broad who also works for OTR and the full support of their CEO Karen Black. OTR LGBTQ+ will be providing expertise, consultancy advice, education and awareness for all our collaborative partners and for local communities. They will use their well-regarded skills for building confidence and trust in local LGBTQ+ communities to promote awareness of BHCDS, confidence to report to us and other key agencies such as the police and landlords or their employers.
"OTR is proud to join the BHCDS collaboration as an advisory partner for gender, sexuality and identity LGBTQ+ awareness, information and advice. We look forward to engaging with organisations, communities and individuals to raise awareness, educate and in turn, tackle hate crime and prejudice. You can find out more about OTR (Bristol) at www.otrbristol.org.uk"
SARI will now be providing the casework support for LGBTQ+ people facing any form of hate crime in the Bristol area.
Our team are well practiced in providing support for LGBTQ+ related hate crime having provided this to B&NES, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire for nearly 4 years. SARI is taking this element of the service on to ensure the safest and most consistent casework service for the next 15 months of this funding round until we know about the future of our funding. We can offer a 24/7 out of hours phone service, a diverse casework team and a full-time service for any victim in need.
We are ensuring that this transition goes very smoothly. All clients who are being supported by LGBT Bristol are being offered a new SARI Caseworker and we are glad that all have accepted this offer without hesitation and will be transferred across by 1st April 2020.
We have a strong and very supportive collaboration with all partners working together to make sure we continue to provide an excellent service to LGBTQ+ communities and our partners.
Please share this information with any one you know who needs to know where to report LGBTQ+ related hate crime and who may need our support at any time.
If you have any queries about this change, please contact Alex Raikes MBE (Hon LLD), Strategic Director, SARI on tel: 0117 9420060 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol Hate Crime & Discrimination Services are a group of six partner organisations brought together to provide a complete service for victims of hate crime in Bristol. It is led by SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality), together with Bristol Mind, Brandon Trust, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Bristol, Bristol Law Centre, and Resolve West (formerly Bristol Mediation).
The new service aims to build on the success of the former Bristol Hate Crime Services (BHCS) partnership, made of SARI, Bristol Mind, Brandon Trust, and LGBT Bristol. The partnership provided casework support for victims of hate crime. It also gave advice, training and education to local agencies.
With the addition of Bristol Law Centre and Resolve West, victims and agencies will now be able to access a wider range of services to support them in a more holistic manner, including (but not limited to), hate crime advocacy and casework, discrimination legal casework or advice, mediation, conflict resolution and restorative approaches, and other support services.