Respect Programme

Project Summary

The project is a transition from the Hate Crime Ambassadors project. Working collaboratively with Bedfordshire Police, this project will develop young people’s understanding of hate crime, community cohesion and the importance of celebrating diversity. It is reported that there have been significant shifts in the ethnic composition of Luton since the 2011 census, the result of which is an increasing ethnic diversity amongst the population. This project will utilise a collaborative approach throughout delivery, working alongside other third sector organisations to ensure consistency in the delivery of messages about hate crime to young people in the community.

Young people will engage in informal workshops to develop their understanding of hate crime, more specifically, the motivating factors in perpetrators committing hate crime and the support strategies necessary for victims.

This knowledge and understanding will form the foundation of the group developing a youth led film to raise awareness about the importance of celebrating diversity and community cohesion in their local community. This will include visiting other localities to explore comparisons in hate crime experiences/ celebrations of diversity. The completed resource will be shared with local services and groups to form ongoing outreach and a continuation of awareness raising in the local community with a focus on young people.

Key Information

Project eligibility

Young People (12-16) wanting to gain further knowledge and understanding around Hate Crime and disseminate to their peers.

Project timetable

Fortnightly on Thursday evenings 6-8 pm and additional adhoc events.

Key partners / funders

Bedfordshire Police


Lead worker

Anna Butterworth – Youth Worker


Phone number

01582 544990


  • Develop knowledge and understanding around the 5 strands of hate crime.
  • Increase in reporting incidents of Hate Crime amongst young people.
  • Young People able to mentor their peers in their school.
  • Young people develop their knowledge and understanding from professionals around the Hate Crime agenda.
  • Ambassadors learn to work with a wide variety of young people across the town.
  • Develop a range of training programme across the 5 key focuses of Hate Crime.

Case Studies

Project Case Study 1

Usman Ahmed is the Head Cadet for the Luton Bedfordshire Police Cadet section, as Head Cadet he has been involved in running the sessions with other professionals as well as supporting the Hate Crime Ambassadors Project. Usman also does work experience at TOKKO, this allows him to work on the Project and link his development into his course at Cardinal Newman College.

Usman – “Doing work experience here allows me to learn the core values of TOKKO and gives me time to come up with new ideas on what to do during Hate Crime Ambassador Sessions from different ways of teaching the 5 strands to working out how to do outreach to help spread awareness.”

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