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Community Safety

Our pledge: Embracing difference

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Over 1,000 people signed up to Our Pledge and said…

‘I will value my own difference and celebrate the differences of others to help everyone feel that Harborough District is a safe and happy place to be.’

The Harborough District Community Safety Partnership district-wide hate awareness and anti-social behaviour campaign week called Our Pledge: Embracing Difference ran from the 18th-24th June 2012. 

The partnership, which consists of agencies such as Harborough District Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service alongside other local community groups, involved schools, community groups and agencies to help make the week a success.

One of the main aims of the week was to ask people within the district to sign up to the pledge about difference. 

Why The Pledge?

2012 is a year for celebration - The Queens Jubilee, Euro 2012 and a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Olympics & Paralympics first hand.  These celebrations will bring people from across the world together to share in positive aspects of each individual country.  The celebrations will cross generations, cultures, physical abilities, races and faiths.

We wanted to use this opportunity to celebrate all that is good and unique about each and every one of us and help make our District a great place to be for everyone. 

We promoted this pledge as there are, unfortunately, people within our District who see ‘difference’ as negative and think that it is acceptable to abuse and judge people on the grounds of their perceived difference.  They see all members of other communities as the same and don’t take the time to learn about and understand what makes people different.  Sadly reports have been made from people within our District who have been called names because they have a different coloured skin, people who have been mocked because they have a disability and people who have been victimised because of their race or sexuality.

We want to help people understand the fact that we are all different and may come from a different race, religion or background or we may be able bodied or have a disability but we should celebrate and embrace these differences to get the best outcome for all.

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Who was involved?

Some of the agencies who got involved were Active Together, HMP Gartree, HAT (Group for people with learning disabilities and their carers),  Harborough Library, Premier Sports, Harborough Museum, Enable Youth,  The Impact Team, Youth Offending Service, Leicestershire Multi-Agency Gypsy and Traveller Unit, The St Philip’s Centre, Lutterworth Volunteer Centre, Robert Smyth Academy, Ridgeway Primary School and Meadowdale Primary School amongst others. 

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What we did

  • Paralympian Danny Nobbs talked to pupils from across the town at Ridgeway Primary School in Market Harborough and the youngsters had an opportunity to compete in a chair based shot put competition.
  • Traditional Gypsy flower-making, using crepe paper, and 'bender tent' model making sessions (pictured). 
  • Wriggly Readers 'around the world' storytelling event at Market Harborough library.
  • Speak Out competition 2011 display, featuring last year's winning entries, at the library.
  • Hats On healthy walks starting from the event on The Square.
  • Around the World special food in the Robert Smyth Academy canteen.
  • June’s edition of the ‘Speak Out’ newsletter featured articles highlighting difference.
  • Results of the ‘My Favourite Museum Object’ voting in the museum.
  • On Saturday, 23 June 2012, the week concluded with an event on The Square in Market Harborough from 10am - 2pm.  The event consisted of various stalls and activities including badge making, flower making and a football cage. 

How do I sign up to the pledge?

You can still sign up to Our Pledge by completing the quick and simple online form here - Our Pledge: Embracing Difference