The Things Tae Dae Social Hub launched its new Hate Crime DVD this week at Cumnock Town Hall.
Following a Hate Crime conference in 2014, the Hub wanted to produce something locally to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it. They travelled to the Sky TV Academy in Livingston and produced a DVD which they then built a live drama around.
Next they applied to the Council’s Participatory Budgeting process for funding, intending to revisit the Sky Academy and update the DVD but in the meantime, the academy had put an age restriction on who could use their facility. In discussion with the Participatory Budgeting Board, it was agreed that they could use the funding and film locally. The new DVD was therefore filmed entirely in Cumnock.
Provost Jim Todd and Depute Provost Claire Leitch were invited along to watch the DVD and the accompanying drama performance which the audience found very powerful and thought-provoking as it was based on someone’s real-life experience of hate crime.
PC Alison Baillie of Police Scotland, who formerly supported the Social Hub prior to taking up a post as Campus Cop at Cumnock Academy, has agreed that the live drama can be shown to pupils within the Academy at the start of March. It is hoped that it will then be shown in other schools to help young people understand more about hate crime.
Provost Todd said: “The Hub has been doing some great work with the Council’s Adult Protection Unit and Police Scotland to really try and make people understand the devastating impact that hate crime can have on people in our communities.
“Hate crime is wrong and needs to be dealt with appropriately and I commend the members of Things Tae Dae for doing all they can to raise awareness of this important issue.”
For further information on hate crime, please visit https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/SocialCareAndHealth/Protecting-people/Adult-protection/Hate-Crime.aspx