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We are conscious that Black History month highlights a vibrant celebration of the lives, stories and social, cultural and politics. Some colleagues feel that the month should not exist. The fact is race discrimination is still a big issue. The recent Euro final was a clear example of that. Racism is still a big problem.

That is why it is important to engage and to learn about History untold. The Month allows us to reflect and rebuild and to call to action. We will then become more inclusive, and develop an understanding of anti-racism and these actions will embed long-lasting change.

S-REP task is to create inclusive and productive platforms and safe spaces for dialogue as we want to develop partnerships and relationships. One way we do this is through our race equality network meeting it is a platform that creates learning, particularly so after the brutal murder of George Floyd. We have set up an allyship project that shares practical tools to be more inclusive and more actively anti-racist, and get to grips with difficult issues.

Our members have embraced the ‘Knowledge Hub’ for their learning about how to integrate into society. Our strategy will be launched in November and will set out our objectives and the change we want to see in the coming years.

This is why we believe that Black History Month is still so important as we still have a long way to go in pursuing equity. S-REP wants to work with all communities and member organisations, we want to ensure your voices are heard and we advocate on your behalf. The theme for Black History Month 2021 is ‘Proud To Be’. We want to take this opportunity to learn to share and to grow. Please look at our programme of events and take part, share with family colleagues and friends and share on social media outlets. Click below to see our interactive brochure.

Or print out our programme below.



A hate crime is defined as 'Any criminal offence which is perceived by the

victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based

on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability

and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.'

A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but it is equally important that these are reported and recorded by the police.

Evidence of the hate element is not a requirement. You do not need to personally perceive the incident to be hate related. It would be enough if another person, a witness or even a police officer thought that the incident was hate related.



The rates of COVID-19 infections are on the rise again and winter is just

around the corner. It's very important that you have the correct information

to make an informed choice when considering taking the vaccine.

At S-REP we are here to support you in your decision by giving you

the correct information so you are not influenced by fake news.



The National Lottery Community Fund

This fund supports what matters to people and communities.

They have a £300 to £10,000 and larger grants of

£10,000+ through a variety of programmes.

We are pleased to say that they will be doing a funding workshop in November. If you are interested in starting a group, if you need funding for your groups they will answer all your question to book please email S-REP.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT Parents United Against Racism

When your child is being bullied at school it is not only upsetting for your

child but it can be distressing for the parent as well. However when your

child is being racially bullied and the school tries to sweep it under the carpet

then the injustice of it all can be utterly devastating.

We all know that no child is born racist and that racist langue used in the playground is taught in the home. Parents United Against Racism (PUAR) fully understand and acknowledge that not all parents ARE united against racism but actively ingrain toxic ideals in their children (consciously and/or unconsciously).

Headteachers in the UK are usually white males with no lived experience

of racism. And when confronted with an allegation of racism in their

own school instead of tackling it head on (by following a structured pathway

set out in a robust anti-racist school policy that supports the child victim)

they often denied the bullying incident even happened in the first place! This can leave the parent devastated because of the injustice that nothing gets resolved.

At PUAR we help Parents and Careers of racially bullied children navigate the complaints procedure as well as emotionally supporting a parent/carer going through the stress of making a complaint to the school. So that you get justice for your child and not made to feel like you’re making a fuss over nothing.

Talking about racism with some white people makes them cringe so

they would rather pretend it's not happening. At PUAR we challenge this

by having honest and meaningful conversations about race and how the

long term effects of racism can have on a child development. We do this so

everyone can learn and grow without the stigma of being ‘different’.

For more information please look at PUAR website below.



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