The Project Manager and IT Technician from LCVS were recently invited to the Pride Park Stadium in Derby recently to attend the Building Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) Combatting Online Extremism event.
The event explored how BSBT Partners can successfully use online tools to communicate with young people and hard to reach audiences that may be vulnerable to extremist narratives. It also gave the tools to recognize the warning signs to look out for in those exposed to harmful online content, how to create social media content to promote inclusivity and belonging and where to draw the line between free speech and online hate speech. There was also a very interesting workshop around Fake News, how to spot it and how to challenge it.
The event included a variety of expert keynote speakers discussing the far-reaching effects of online hate, harmful content recognition, biased writing and emotional manipulation.
During the day there were workshops to attend which gave further in-depth information about how individual organisations can recognize hate speech and those that may be promoting extreme narratives. if they realize it or not, on local social media platforms and how we can challenge those views in a constructive and professional manner.
LCVS currently have a BSBT Project available for schools, colleges and Community Groups called Let’s Talk (About Hate)
The objectives of Let’s Talk (About Hate) are:

• Exploring the Importance of Identity and Belonging
• Explore Extremist Hate Narrative
• Explore how Propaganda and social media can feed Hate
• Explore Extremist Hate Recruiters and their methods.

LCVS were extremely fortunate to secure funding from the Home Office, Building Stronger Britain Together https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-a-stronger-britain-together
Let’s Talk (About Hate) is designed to encourage and empower young people to explore their own identity and belonging as a resilience factor against Far-Right extreme views. Although resilience is a key issue in this area, it is felt that this project is most closely linked to the holding of attitudes and beliefs that oppose British shared values and create a distorted sense of belonging within Lincolnshire Communities.

The focus will be on self-identifying, countering local grievances and prejudices through the presentation which aim to provide a safe space to explore personal prejudices. The aim of the project is to increase awareness of the issues around Far Right Extremism and radicalisation, to help people recognize vulnerabilities in others and provide a better understanding to enable the rejection of extremist narratives. The outcomes are to equip individuals and Communities with the confidence and understanding to identify, challenge and report extremism in an appropriate way.

The package has been designed by Home Office approved intervention providers, Me and You Education https://meandyoueducation.co.uk/our-training/ Let’s Talk (About Hate) will be delivered initially in upper schools, Colleges and Community groups in the Boston, East Lindsey, South Holland and South Kesteven areas and we are working in close partnership with Prevent, Lincolnshire County Council and the Stay Safe Partnership.

If you would like any further information about the project or to make a booking please contact donnabrewer@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or 07399993981 or 01205 314478