Hate Crime Ambassadors Programme

Project Summary

Bedfordshire Police Cadets and TOKKO are working together to recruit young people to be Hate Crime Ambassadors (15-20 young people). These Hate Crime Ambassadors work in groups under the guidance of a professional youth worker from TOKKO and the Hate Crime tactical lead for Bedfordshire.

The young ambassadors have received up to date training on Hate Crime and in particular the 5 different strands: Disability; Gender Identity; Religion, Faith or Belief; Sexual Orientation and Race, Ethnicity or Nationality.

The young ambassadors then deliver educational Hate Crime workshops in local schools, youth clubs, faith groups and any other young person’s group in Luton. The young ambassadors rotate to experience delivering the different topics.

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

Near Neighbours

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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