Uxbridge College students were among learners from across Hillingdon who joined forces in a campaign to help combat hate crime and extremism.
The Level 2 Creative Media and Art & Design students created posters and infomercials for the Hillingdon Voices United project – facilitated by the Stronger Communities team at the London Borough of Hillingdon – which were shared at a recent
showcase evening at Brunel University. Level 3 Journalism and Creative Writing students also took part, producing poems challenging hate and presentations on keeping safe on social media. The students worked in small teams on their assignments for seven weeks to create resources to help raise awareness of hate crimes and how to report them. Whilst working on the project students investigated a wide range of hate crimes, including knife crime, Islamophobia and homophobia.
Participants, friends, family and partner organisations came along to the event to celebrate the successful project and see the final collection of work including documentaries and lesson plans which can be used by other learners The work will form part of a community learning resource to be utilised by other schools and community organisations.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Vice Principal, who attended the event said: It was great to see the fabulous real project work that was carried out by learners from Uxbridge College and local schools through the Stronger Communities partnership’s Hillingdon Voices United Project. All the work was of a really high standard and for a really good local and national cause. Congratulations to all the staff, students and partners involved in making this project such a success.
Lyn Stevenson, Media Lecturer, said: Whilst working on the project our students bonded as a group and applied the respect and tolerance about which they were learning to their own personal development. The students showed a high level of technical and creative skills for their stage of learning and matured during the project into respectful, kind-natured young adults. I am extremely proud of the work they produced.
The project aimed to strengthen community cohesion, build resilience and improve community relations, enabling people to work together to raise awareness of the issues around hate crime and extremism and how to tackle them. The work also encouraged participants to feel confident in challenging hate and discrimination and to promote greater understanding, respect and unity. Hillingdon Voices United was also supported by the Stronger Communities Partnership, a group of representatives from the police, learning providers, charities and other community organisations.