NEWS AND EVENTS
ANNE FRANK TRUST RECEIVES GOVT FUNDING TO COUNTER EXTREMISM
The Anne Frank Trust is among a number of youth organisations to receive a share of £5.3m in government funding for projects that counter extremist views and encourage tolerance among communities. The funding has been made available through the Home Office’s counter-extremism programme, Building A Stronger Britain Together.
ANNE FRANK + YOU LAUNCHES IN TAUNTON
Our community exhibition Anne Frank + You is currently on display at the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Taunton, Somerset courtesy of the Somerset Anne Frank Awards (SAFA) which celebrate religious and racial tolerance and diversity.
It’s opening ceremony on 11 October was attended by the SAFA Chair Leonard Daniels, our Chief Executive, Tim Robertson and the Mayor of Taunton, Councillor Catherine Herbert. Anne Frank + You is a thought-provoking exhibition that brings Anne’s experience into the 21st century and encourages awareness and discussion about prejudice and hatred in society today. You can visit it at the Brewhouse until 27 November.
ANNE FRANK AMBASSADORS SPEAK AT HOME OFFICE’S COUNTER-EXTREMISM CONFERENCE
On 17 October, during National Hate Crime Awareness Week, we attended the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) 2018 Partnership Conference. The theme of the event was centred around difficult conversations in tackling counter-extremism.
Two of our London Anne Frank Ambassadors – Rahel from St Ursula’s Convent School and Janiz from Woodside Academy (pictured) – delivered powerful speeches in front of 300 attendees from the BSBT network with inspiring confidence. Janiz delivered an important message on extremism: “It doesn’t start with acid attacks, vandalism, protests and explosions. It starts with the seeds of hate being planted and allowed to grow unchecked, unchallenged, unaddressed.”
CASE FOR SUPPORT: M&C SAATCHI ANIMATION
As the final part of our in-kind funding pot for the Voices for Change launch campaign, the Trust’s communication and fundraising teams worked with M&C Saatchi to develop a case for support animation to showcase the project, and our work more widely.
The animation was rolled out over LinkedIn and Twitter and generated over 200,000 impressions and over 80,000 video views. As with #ShoutDownHate, the campaign also demonstrated the vital need to continue our education work, with us receiving some abusive comments showing how normalised hate speech has become.
THE LEGACY OF ANNE FRANK BY GILLIAN WALNES PERRY: BOOK LAUNCH EVENT
On 31 October, Gillian Walnes Perry – our Honorary Vice President, Co-founder and Executive Director for 26 years until 2016 – shared a conversation at Southwark Cathedral with Andrew Nunn – the Dean of Southwark Cathedral – to celebrate the publication of her book The Legacy of Anne Frank.
The book presents – all in one place and for the very first time – the inspirational stories of a diverse variety of people from all over the world, brought together by the words of one particularly articulate and inspiring teenage victim of the Holocaust. You can purchase the book here.
TRUST BACKS ANTI HATE CRIME FILM WITH POLICE PARTNERSHIP
An innovative anti-hate crime video made by young people for young people and produced in association with Bedfordshire Police, the Anne Frank Trust and True Vision – the online reporting tool for hate crime – launched in October. #WEHATEHATECRIME was created to raise awareness of what hate crime is, how it affects victims, and how to report it. The film was launched at Stopsley High School in Luton where the Trust has strong ties and was streamed to hundreds of thousands of young people across Bedfordshire and other parts of the region during National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13 – 20 October).
Val Ross, the Anne Frank Trust’s Eastern Regional Manager, explained: “We got involved in the video as we work very closely with Bedfordshire Police and schools in the area where we run our celebrated educational programmes teaching young people about the damage prejudice and hateful attitudes cause. It was great to work with the youngsters on such an important project, which will be viewed by so many, to help empower them to take a stand against hate, embrace positive attitudes, personal responsibility and respect for others.”
NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THE TRUST
It is our pleasure to introduce the Anne Frank Trust’s new Director of Development – Lara Wilks Sloan. Lara joined the Trust in August to lead our fundraising team, and oversees strategy; events; grants, and donor management. Before joining the Trust, Lara worked at the Education and Training Foundation; the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the Refugee Council.
“I have known of the Trust’s work for more than 10 years and it is such a pleasure to join at a time when its work is more important than ever. The world our young people are growing up in is full of hate and fear and we urgently need to give them the knowledge to stand up against prejudice and discrimination – young people have powerful voices. We have so much work still to do, but I am so grateful for the amazing supporters the Trust has, and I look forward to meeting more of you over the next few months.”
Winners of NASUWT Arts & Minds Poetry Competition announced on 10 October 10.10.18
TV presenter and stylist Gok Wan – Chief Judge of NASUWT’s Arts & Minds poetry award – picked the overall winner of the annual competition, which was announced at a ceremony in London on 10 October.
The winning entry, a powerful piece of artwork entitled ‘Why Us?’ was produced by Grace Numfor, a Year 11 pupil from Ercall Wood Technology College, Telford. The piece shows three portraits set on a background of words and often upsetting racial slurs.
The winner of the Anne Frank Poetry Award was Katie Lester from Willow House Hospital Education (pictured).
The entries this year concentrated on the theme of Windrush and saw powerful pieces or art and writing from pupils in primary, secondary and special schools. For more information on the annual competition, please visit here.