What do you want from us in the future? Public survey results – April/May 2015

Public Survey RESULTS – April/May 2015

We have carried out a survey of our members and the wider general public in April and May asking people ‘What do you want from Dorset REC in the future?’  Here is some of the things you told us:

1)    53% of respondents had heard of DREC through attending events, working in the Equality field, working for our partners and/or having done some Equality and Diversity training
2)    47% of respondents had not heard of DREC before but heard about the survey and were encouraged to reply to it by their places of work (Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole or Bournemouth Borough Council), through Facebook and a few were encouraged by their friends.
3)    Only 30 people out of 177 respondents to the question (17%) had accessed some kind of services i.e attended events, attended training, received information and advice, were supported by DREC, only 2 respondents said they had been victims of racism and had been supported by DREC
4)    The top 3 priorities to achieve race equality are: Promote positive images of multiculturalism in Dorset (72.20%), Work with Local Authorities to promote Equality and Diversity (69.31%) and Offer free advocacy, advice and information to victims of discrimination (65.34%)
5)    4 main areas of improvement for the future were highlighted:

Awareness raising
“more publicity and/or positive stories in the media”,
“do more publicity around rural areas of Dorset”
“more visibility in the community to help people speak up about racism”
“more communication with the public about the benefits of equality. Create more of an understanding among stakeholders about the reasons why they need to consider equality and diversity in their work”
Work in schools
“consider inclusion of after school clubs organisations to help enhance awareness”
“more work in schools to ensure the message of racial equality is heard sooner and to get the message across sooner so that children can have  healthy attitudes”
“more positive experiences in schools from ethnic minorities for example learning various dance styles as part of PE/games from different parts of the world. You could have multicultural cooks come in to schools and teach children how to cook recipes from different countries – all to promote positive images of ethnic minorities from an early age”
“children seem to be naturally inclusive and race blind until adults teach them about differences and ways of thinking and talking about others. How can this be turned around so that parents learn from children. Is it possible to break the handing down of prejudices from parents to child?”
Need for more multicultural events
“organise events where people of all ethnic backgrounds and races have to engage with each other. The more time people have to spend together the more they will realise they have a lot of things in common”
“offering workshops to local communities on different cultures to be able to help them and educate them in race and religion”
“community events are always good at bringing people together and education in schools”
Working with the private sector
“raise your business profile in the business sector”
“work closely with all organisations including those groups that represent private businesses to highlight those issues”
“promoting equality and diversity in private sector companies and public sector employers set up a scheme to mentor/encourage young ethnic minority leaders”
“engage and monitor the private sector, health care sector and police and send positive news stories into local newspapers – activity to counter the UKIP agenda”
Joined up working
“as we develop integrated services across the county DREC needs to be interlinked to developments”
“greater joint working and shared systems and services with other providers such as CAB”
6)    Additional issues
“Diversity in Dorset needs addressing in its wider sense. Outdated attitudes are endemic”
“What are you doing to attract and retain a more diverse community?”
“Statutory organisations need support/training to see that issues the DREC are dealing with is part of normal business for them”
“educating everyone about what is acceptable and inacceptable behaviour”
“to what extent is racial inequality a problem in Dorset? Would most people living in Dorset consider there is a problem? If there is a problem perhaps advertising the statistics or incidence might raise awareness of what and where the problems are to inform the public”
“additional G & T sites that helps them avoid illegal settlements and the police’s ability to resolve issues quickly so reducing local impact”
“hate crime reporting – lots of gaps. Would like to see a multi-agency approach across Dorset. REC should be responsible for managing the county statistics which should be published regularly showing where “hot-spots” are and how various organisations are tackling problem areas”
7)    Ethnicity
•    81% of respondents were White British
•    3.81% of respondents were of mixed background
•    3.39% other white background
•    2.97% other EU background
•    1.69% black British
•    1.27% Asian British
•    1.27% Gypsy or traveller
•    1.27% other ethnic background
•    0.85% white Irish and Bangladeshi
•    0.42% Pakistani, African, Caribbean,


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