Our community initiatives support marginalised socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural groups explore their perceptions and experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and identity-based violence. We encourage community-led responses to hate crime – and the prejudice and marginalisation that can lead to such violence. We are breaking down barriers between victims and public officials, in the process helping to promote dialogue, encourage transparency, and strengthen community relationships.
In partnership with the British East and South East Asian Network (besea.n) we have created an active bystander training. These expert-led sessions see participants guided through a series of discussions to explore how they can play a role in tackling identity-based prejudice and violence in their community, school, or place of work.
Content is tailored to the needs of each group. The training has a minimum time of 2 hours but can also be delivered over a half or full day. Content includes:
We have funding to deliver up to two sessions free of charge for your organisation or worklace so get in touch to book!
In September 2020 Protection Approaches launched a ground-breaking Community Builder Training Programme, a London-wide initiative supported by the Mayor of London. In just 5 months this programme has equipped more than 300 Londoners passionate about creating positive change in their communities with the tools, principles, and methodologies they need to tackle injustice, bridge divides and build respectful, resilient communities. The programme has now been funded by the National Lottery to be rolled out across England!
The workshops are accompanied with bespoke materials containing best practice in community building, community organising and peacebuilding from around the world empowering people who are already deeply involved in their local areas and therefore best placed to deliver community building work with the understanding of how to do that work. After the workshops, participants are tasked with putting their training into action. They initiate new projects, build on existing networks, and integrate what they’ve learnt into their forums, clubs, WhatsApp groups, and other means of community organising or neighbourhood support.
Protection Approaches leads the consortium delivering 'On Your Side' the UK-wide support and reporting service for East and Southeast Asian communities who experience racism and/or any forms of hate.
The service includes a 24/7 freephone helpline available in East and Southeast Asian languages; a website with reporting forms and resources; and ongoing community-based support delivered by trained casework advocates. On Your side has community members at the centre. That means anyone can feel safe using the service. Unless somebody is in danger, we will never pass on anything we have been told to anybody else without permission.
Funded by £1million from the UK Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities, On Your Side is delivered by a consortium of 9 organisations including East and Southeast Asian led community groups alongside national hate crime reporting and hate crime prevention organisations.
We have been commissioned by London Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to deliver a hate crime community outreach and resilience project. The project will see Protection Approaches’ expert team work with staff and/or volunteers at eight community-based organisations who have emerging hate crime needs and who may not have historically been the focus of anti-hate crime work. The project has been developed in response to the concerns expressed by some community-based organisations that they have a lack of capacity, knowledge and/or networks to appropriately support community members who are targeted. Over the course of a year our team will support each of the organisations individually to:
Each of the eight community-based organisations will receive funding to cover staff time and other costs associated with participation in the project.