Read how others are marking Stephen Lawrence Day despite social distancing.
Fire Cadets: Inspiring young people to get involved
The national Fire Cadets are an opportunity for young people aged 13-18 to learn what it means to be a firefighter and make a positive impact on their community. The Fire Cadets had planned to hold workshops in March for the Cadets to learn about the Stephen Lawrence Day and plan how to get involved, but have quickly switched to digital activities. A briefing was sent to every force in the country explaining the importance of Stephen Lawrence Day and detailing ways Cadets can get involved using the resources on the Stephen Lawrence Day website. Local cadet leaders were also asked to fill in a survey on Survey Monkey on how they plan to support the Day, helping the service to track and promote the activities of local cadets.
Princes Trust: Celebrating the impact of youth social action
The Princes Trust helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training. Having hosted a hugely successful event last year bringing young people together to think about what it meant to them to ‘live our best life’, they were keen not to lose momentum this year. On Stephen Lawrence Day The Trust will be sharing videos from young people who have been supporting their local communities on Prince’s Trust programmes and beyond. They will also be sharing content from Kit Malthouse, Minister of State for Justice and MP for North West Hampshire who will be recognising the importance youth social action, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, this Stephen Lawrence Day.
Community: Helping members tackle issues
Community is a new kind of trade union that is open to workers however and wherever they work. For this year’s Stephen Lawrence Day, Community are promoting the day with an email to all members and a short video of their General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss, talking about the importance of the Day and why they are committed to it. Community are also encouraging members to share pictures of themselves with a Because of Stephen card answering the question ‘What can you do to unite your community?’ To support members to tackle some of the issues raised by Stephen’s story, Community are also providing support through an online guide on how to challenge discrimination and racism in the workplace.
Peer Power: Giving young people the tools for change
Peer Power works with under-supported young people helping them develop strong and trusted relationships, opening up career routes and employment, and promoting young people’s involvement in services at individual and policy level. Having been awarded a grant through Stephen Lawrence Day in 2019, which they used on a ‘Peer to Professional’ project enabling its participants to become Peer Leaders, Peer Power were keen to be involved again. This year the young people at Peer Power have created a guide for other young people on how to start their own social action project to make changes to the issues that directly impact them.
Volunteer Police Cadets: Getting involved online
The Volunteer Police Cadets aim to foster a spirit of adventure and good citizenship amongst young people aged 13-18. Last year forces around the country hosted a wide range of events and were determined that social distancing shouldn’t stop young people getting involved again. Using Zoom, the Volunteer Police Cadets have hosted sessions with Chelsea Way, Head of Operations at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, to plan ways to get involved. Not only have local cadets got involved in some of the online activities developed by the Trust, but the Trust has also adopted some of the suggestions made by young people on the sessions!