YOUNG Ambassadors at Mahdlo Youth Zone have been showcasing their work at a Hate Crime Awareness event.
The Young Ambassadors have developed their own campaign ‘#gettoknow’ over the last year, about getting to know each other’s differences.
They have scripted videos with Oldham Youth Council and Oldham Theatre Workshop, hosted events and travelled to London to talk to MPs about their concerns and ideas for change.
Ayra Ali, 15, one of the ambassadors, said: “We came together as a group as we felt strongly that change needed to be made about the increasing amount of hate crime in the news and media and our own experiences.
“In this day and age, diversity is growing and everyone has their differences. By working as anti-hate ambassadors, we would like to promote tolerance and equality among all people, starting with the town of Oldham.”
Graham Foulkes, father of Oldham born 7/7 victim David Foulkes, spoke of his own experiences of overcoming loss and confronting hate.
He showed support for the work being done by the young people in Oldham, and said: “It’s up to us to make things happen, to remove hate from society.”
This sentiment was echoed by Chloe Cousins of The Proud Trust, which supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in the North West of England by providing safe spaces, networks and social opportunities.
The event at Mahdlo was held under the banner #WeStandTogether in partnership with Oldham Youth Council who were launching their ‘Ally School Pack’.
Mahdlo Youth Zone is open 7 days a week providing support, activities and opportunities to 8-19 year olds (up to 25 with a disability). More information can be found here: www.mahdloyz.org