"Over the last year, rural Britain has witnessed a dramatic increase in race crime incidents where victims are isolated and lack proper support and assistance. This unique project which will be piloted in the South West and subsequently rolled across the UK, promises not only to deliver an active casework service for victims of racist incidents but galvanize statutory responses to meeting their legislative obligations under the Race Relations Amendment Act through a real resource and funding commitment. The Monitoring Group believes that its' experience of anti-racism work which culminated in the Macpherson Inquiry and the subsequent changes in the Race Relations Act will provide a robust template for moving the anti-racism agenda in the South West. This award is a fitting memorial on the 10th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's death."
The TMG Rural Racism Project aims to pioneer a range of specialist services to meet the needs of those living in predominately rural areas who are distressed or are suffering because they have been victims of racial violence, abuse, or harassment within their local community, or who experience compounded disadvantage and racial injustice as the result of rural isolation, a lack of effective support and 'life quality improvement' services, and 'invisiblisation' due to unchallenged institutional racism within a rural context.
The Community Fund grant will be used to provide and deliver a unique, innovative and radical region-wide programme of 'racist incident victim support services for individuals, families and isolated community groups situated within the geographical counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, including those districts administered by single unitary authorities.
The National Civil Rights Movement in the region (NCRM South West) applauds TMG for it's grass-roots response to meeting the real needs of an ever-increasing number of victims of racist violence and abuse in this region.
NCRM South West
NCRM South West Racist Attacks Bulletins
The Monitoring Group (TMG)
A study, published this month by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has found that independent, community-based support groups offer victims of racism a sense of empowerment and a validation of their experience that they are not finding from other agencies, such as the police, housing departments or racial equality councils.