SARI is funded by South Gloucestershire Council to deliver the hate crime services to that authority area. We are also funded by Merlin Housing Society—the largest social landlord in the area—to deliver their hate crime service. In addition, we have contracts with other housing providers and with the local Youth Offending Team to reduce offending among BME young people.
Although SARI runs this service independently, we do work in partnership with specialists from LGBT services and specialist disability services to ensure we are able to meet any and all specific needs. South Gloucestershire is our second highest reporting area, and accounts for around 12% of our cases annually. According to the 2011 census, 97.6% of the population were described as white, 0.8% as dual heritage, 0.7% as Asian or Asian British, 0.4% as Black or Black British and 0.5% as Chinese or other.
Despite the relatively low concentration of BME people living within South Gloucestershire (in comparison with Bristol), we still see significant evidence of racism; within South Gloucestershire, 70% of the cases we opened in the financial year 2014/15 were race-related. For a comprehensive breakdown of our own statistics for South Gloucestershire during the financial year 2014/2015, click here.
SARI works extensively with local schools in the South Gloucestershire area delivering a range of activities—both proactive and reactive. From assemblies and classroom sessions to teacher training and restorative justice, we have a range of pre-emptive and responsive measures to help resolve issues of hate in schools.
If you, or somebody you know, has been a victim of a crime that you believe was motivated because of your ethnicity, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religious belief, please get in touch.