Jenny Porter, Development Officer for the North Wales Regional Equality Network, was the next speaker, who spoke about the LGBT community, the different LGBT youth organisations they work with and working with the police to try and build a confidence with in the LGBT community to report hate crime as and when it happens.
Chair of the cross party group, Childhood Sexuality, Sexualisation and Equality, Jocelyn Davies AM for Plaid Cymru, talked about identity, homophobic and transphobic hate crime being instilled in society from a young age, and the need for change to try and educate children from a young age about values, tolerance and equality, and how young children experience sexualisation.
Superintendent Mark Warrender talked about hate crime and how vitally important it is to report it as and when it happens. He spoke encouragingly about bringing down hate crime and to do that Gwent police would be working with victims of hate crime more effectively.
Helen Whewell, Co-ordinator of Connect Gwent, spoke about the fact that not every incident of hate crime gets reported, and that it's both essential and important that victims report it, as that's the only way hate crime can be tackled. She also spoke about being a partner agency to Umbrella Gwent and having welfare and domestic abuse agencies helping out to lend a hand and giving advice to victims.
Umbrella Gwent currently has an online hate incident or crime report form which can be found at http://www.umbrellgwent.co.uk/report and will soon have a mobile app, to make it easier for the victim to get all information.
In addition, the work that Umbrella Gwent currently does is initially focused on Gwent, but over time will become more widespread. The hate crime report from can be used by anyone who has experienced or witnessed any form of hate incident or crime. For more information, check out their website at http://www.umbrellagwent.co.uk/