Friendship, Respect and Difference: Stephen Lawrence Day

Stephen Lawrence Day was established in 2019 by the then Prime Minister Theresa May, on the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s death. It is a day dedicated to Stephen’s memory that also allows us to reflect upon the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. Members of Prejudice Free DorsetContinue reading “Friendship, Respect and Difference: Stephen Lawrence Day”

#CrimeNotCompliment aims to make public sexual harassment a crime

A newly launched campaign by Plan International UK and Our Streets Now, titled #CrimeNotCompliment, aims to make public sexual harassment a crime – by requesting the government to change the law surrounding it. Public sexual harassment is a serious public safety issue: 51% of girls in the UK have experienced public sexual harassment since JuneContinue reading “#CrimeNotCompliment aims to make public sexual harassment a crime”

Violence against women: A statement from PFD

By Superintendent Gavin Dudfield, Chair of Prejudice Free Dorset Today, at our quarterly Prejudice Free Dorset meeting ,we discussed violence against women and girls. What is clear from the meeting – and from the large amount of media coverage – is that all PFD members want everyone to feel safe in our society. People should notContinue reading “Violence against women: A statement from PFD”

Out of Court Disposal: A one-stop guide to OoCD and Scrutiny Panels in Dorset

At PFD’s ‘No Place for Hate’ conference, some of you expressed your interest in more guidance around the purpose and responsibility of Out of Court Disposal (OoCD) Scrutiny Panels in Dorset. We’ve compiled a number of frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, please let us know in the comments and we willContinue reading “Out of Court Disposal: A one-stop guide to OoCD and Scrutiny Panels in Dorset”

The story of Eileen – a Romani gypsy

Did you know Romani gypsy families have been living in Dorset since the 16th century? Let’s find out more about them and their fascinating lifestyle – through the remarkable story of a lady who spent most of her life on the road. Travelling for fifty years by horse and waggon might be difficult to imagineContinue reading “The story of Eileen – a Romani gypsy”

Training dates: 3rd party reporting

Prejudice Free Dorset is pleased to offer a set of free, online training sessions on third party reporting to organisations across Dorset. The sessions, which can be booked free of charge via Eventbrite, are suitable for any organisation looking to become a third party reporting centre, as well as organisations already working with us. SpacesContinue reading “Training dates: 3rd party reporting”

‘Uniting businesses to tackle hate crime’ – a letter from our Business Sub-Committee

By Dr. Ray Davies, Chair of Business Sub-Committee, PFD Dear PFD Members and Friends, Prejudice Free Dorset’s Business Sub-Committee was born from the 2019 ‘No Place for Hate’ Conference. Delegates felt that local businesses could play a real part in helping to reduce prejudice in our county. We’re now into the final months of theContinue reading “‘Uniting businesses to tackle hate crime’ – a letter from our Business Sub-Committee”

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

During Hate Crime Awareness Week (10th – 17th October), partners in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset will continue to work together to promote awareness around tackling prejudice and hate crime. Look out for events and activities on Prejudice Free Dorset’s website, Twitter and Facebook page.  In the meantime, there are 26 local reporting centres forContinue reading “Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020”

New working group to support BAME residents, visitors and staff

By Graham Farrant, Chief Executive at BCP Council The recent local, national and international protests have provoked a lot of discussion amongst BCP Council members and the leadership team of the Council, who are committed to addressing the diversity and equalities agenda of our Corporate Strategy and Delivery Plan.  An independent working group is nowContinue reading “New working group to support BAME residents, visitors and staff”

A positive view of ageing

By Susan Ward-Rice, Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Dorset Council In both BCP and Dorset Council areas, the number of older people is above average. In the BCP area alone, there are over 85,000 people aged 65+, whilst in the rest of Dorset the figure is in excess of 107,000 – and those numbers areContinue reading “A positive view of ageing”