2019 Disability History Calendar


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We received a calendar for 2019 – marking important milestones in the ongoing fight for Disabled People to enjoy the same rights and opportunities that everyone else takes for granted. Calendar presented by Tony Baldwinson

Thought it would be good to publish the pictures:

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SPECTRUM’s December 2018 Newsletter is published – just in time for the Christmas Break!

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We are pleased to present our latest Christmas 2018 Newsletter

Click on this link to download and read your copy


Happy reading, and happy Christmas to all our Blog watchers

Southampton #SoLoveDontHate Campaign for National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an amazing success

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By Sam Waddington

We can’t believe just how successful our campaign has been so far:

This week we at SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living CIC have been leading Southampton’s ‘Love Don’t Hate’ campaign to help tackle the problems surrounding hate crime, in the city and hopefully other parts of the country too.

To coincide with National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018, from the 13th to the 20th of October, we have launched a network of 29 local organisations, to raise awareness of the severe impact hate crimes are having on individuals and their communities and encouraging more people to report incidents.

Hate Crimes are prejudicial verbal / physical attacks or threats based purely on someone being a Disabled Person, their race, religion, sexual or transgender identity.

The city had 600 cases of reported hate crime incidents in 2016-17, the second highest rate of hate crime out of any city in the United Kingdom and a 30% rise from the previous year.

With Southampton being such a diverse, multicultural place, with a mixture of individuals from 55 different countries these statistics are a concern and need to change.

The fact that so many incidents are taking place is the reason why we have decided to bring together a number of community groups in the city, that deal with all types of people in society irrespective of aspects like their race, sexual orientation or religion.

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Launch of the ‘Love Don’t Hate’ campaign outside the SPECTRUM CIL offices in Southampton

Rather than each community group dealing with hate crimes against a particular group of people, developing a campaign with all aspects of society involved, including statutory organisations like the Police and Council, we believe will have a bigger impact in preventing hate crime.

Getting the public talking about the campaign and realising that hate crimes are taking place more frequently than they think should enforce the message that what’s happening is unacceptable.

If more of the public understand that then hopefully it will change the mindsets of certain individuals and make them more tolerant to people who are different to them.

The end goal is to be one of the groups that helps change the societal norms, so our differences are seen in a positive light rather than as something negative.

With the presence the ‘Love Don’t Hate’ campaign has had in the local media this week we believe a good job has been done in reaching out to the public.

Case study pieces in the Daily Echo (see below), on those who have been directly targeted based on their identity, will have probably attracted the attention of those who knew of the word hate crime but not what it actually means for individuals.

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‘Disabled shopper’s hate crime ordeal’ published in the Daily Echo on Tuesday the 16th of October

The fact we had stories about hate crime incidents on BBC Radio Solent and our chief executive, Ian Loynes, speaking on the Julian Clegg Breakfast show during the week about the campaign was also positive publicity for the campaign.

Hopefully people in the area getting ready for or on their way to work might have stopped for a few minutes to think about the seriousness of hate crime.

Ian Loynes, Spectrum chief executive, preparing for his interview with BBC Radio Solent

To Listen to this interview, including with the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner, click on this link:

Tackling people’s perceptions about different individuals in the first place is what really needs to be done to reduce the number of hate crimes, however the reality is that these incidents are still happening and those targeted need the right support.

Which is why alongside the campaign, we’ve launched a smart-phone app for anyone who is a victim of hate crime or witnessed an incident in Southampton to easily report what’s happened.

That way a better record of the incidents can be kept and people know that all they need to do is open up the app for the incidents to be dealt with.

It’s also designed to educate the public about hate crime, which is what needs to be done after National Hate Crime Awareness Week and beyond, as these incidents are sadly happening all the time.

We are confident this campaign is just the start of more individuals being accepting to others and hate crime being better understood by society.


SPECTRUM Leads community wide partnership launch campaign to stamp out hate crime in Southampton

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A group of 29 local organisations, led by SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living CIC, have come together to launch a new anti-hate campaign, ‘Love Don’t Hate’, to tackle hate crime in Southampton in conjunction with National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13 – 20 October 2018). This Southampton Hate Crime Network includes all 18 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres in Southampton.

Recent statistics reveal that Southampton is the second worst city in the UK for hate crime. Almost 600 incidents of hate crime were reported in 2016/7 – a 30 percent increase on the previous year – but community organisations including those already backing Love Don’t Hate, suggest the number of offences may even be much higher.

The organisations, which include Muslim Women’s Network and Southampton Voluntary Services, and represent all sections of Southampton society, launched Love Don’t Hate with the aim of raising awareness, promoting the reporting process, and, ultimately, encouraging people and other local organisations and businesses in the city to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on hate crime.

Ian Loynes, Chief Executive of SPECTRUM, said: “It is unacceptable that in a city like Southampton, people are being allowed to get away with treating others unfairly and maliciously because of their differences. We want both those personally affected by hate crime and those witnessing them as they occur to speak out.”

To make the reporting process easier, the community wide partnership has created a network of 18 reporting centres across Southampton, where victims can access support. A new smartphone app, Southampton Love Don’t Hate, has also been developed as part of the Love Don’t Hate campaign to promote online reporting.

The app, which is available to download on Google Play and Apple, allows its users to immediately report a hate crime to the nearest third-party reporting centre. Users can also request a call back from the nearest reporting centre via the app should they require it and use the app to learn more about what a hate crime is and the types of hate crimes that can occur.

Ian added: “Everyone in Southampton should feel confident and sufficiently empowered to recognise and report incidents of hate crime, yet we know from statistics and first-hand experience this is very often not the case.

“We cannot tackle crimes that are not reported, and so addressing under-reporting in the first instance is crucial to our broader aim of reducing these incidents and making Southampton a better and safer city, with zero tolerance of this behaviour.”

To download the app, and learn more about hate crime in Southampton and what you can do to help, visit Android or Apple AppStores and search for ‘Southampton Hate Crime’

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Jonny Lockwood / Lara Shingles

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jonny@carswellgould.co.uk / lara@carswellgould.co.uk

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Notes to editors

There are currently 18 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres in Southampton, all working under a common brand which has been adopted across Southampton and Hampshire:

List of 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres in Southampton

  • Breakout Youth
  • Chrysalis
  • City College
  • Clear
  • EU Welcome
  • Muslim Council of Southampton
  • Muslim Women’s Network
  • No Limits
  • Southampton University Hospital
  • Southampton Voluntary Services
  • SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living
  • Stepacross, 3rd Age Centre & City of Sanctuary Southampton
  • Taqwa Mosque
  • The Edge
  • The London Hotel
  • The United Voices of African Associations (TUVAA)
  • West Itchen Community Trust
  • YMCA

Facts and figures

In 2017, 83% of people taken to court by the Crown Prosecution Service for hate crime either admitted the offence or were found guilty by a jury or judge.

In Southampton, 574 incidents of hate crime were reported in 2016/7 – a 30% increase on 2015. 78% were reported as race hate crime.

The highest share of the city’s reported hate crime took place in the Bargate ward (29%). This is fuelled by the night time economy.

Portswood is the ward with the largest increase in hate crime. Hate crime reporting doubled from 2015 to 2016.

Millbrook is the ward with the highest proportion of disability hate crime.


SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living is a membership based organisation run and controlled by Disabled People. Based in Southampton, our aim is to ensure all Disabled People have a voice and to actively participate in all spheres of society, free of discrimination and lead an independent lifestyle of their choice.

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SPECTRUM’s Summer 2018 Newsletter Dedicated to the Memory of Robert Droy

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To mark the death of a very dear colleague, friend and tireless Disability Campaigner, and PEP Chair, we dedicate this newsletter to Robert Droy’s Memory and massive contribution to SPECTRUM

Today is Robert’s funeral. This is SPECTRUM’s tribute

Robert Droy In Memorium