Youth voices speak loud and proud against hate crime

 Nigel Harris, Director of Camden LGBT, heard about First Give when local students on the programme called him up to visit the charity.

“I was so impressed with how well organised they were and how they came to me with inquisitive minds. It’s very unusual for us to have young visitors as we usually go and see them on site so it was refreshing to have students come to us with such a mature attitude.”

The team had chosen to represent the organisation and through visiting the charity and its service users they gained and insight into the issues of discrimination and harassment that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can face in Camden.

 Nigel was delighted to attend their First Give Final, moved by their hard work and commitment to stopping hate crime.

“I was so moved by all the presentations especially our team. They highlighted complex issues that often adults don’t understand. I truly believe a lot of people in the audience came away more understanding about the needs of our charity. Winning a grant was the icing on the cake; the money will go towards creating a new online portal so our volunteers can create stronger links with our LGBT community.”

“It’s so important that young people engage civically very early on, as it sets their frame of mind for their entire lives. I noticed that all the school teams gained a sense of the work that needs to be done in society and that of being empowered to proactively address its issues.”

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