15th June 2012

Tensions builds for the GeoVation Showcase – find out more about our finalists

Viv Alexander

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been giving you more information on the ideas that are going forward to the ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’ GeoVation Showcase.   On Wednesday we told you about  The Place Station and Residents’ Green Space Mapper.  Today, last but not least we have more information on the ideas from Shout Crime – Hate Crime Reporting App and Where next. If you’d like to see the ideas pitch for a share of £115,000 in funding at Ordnance Survey on 20 June- sign up for your free ticket.

Shout Crime

Let me take you for a moment to a thoroughly unpleasant place. Imagine Shout crime logoyou’ve been out at work all day. You arrive home to find that your house has been burgled. You feel that awful stomach churning sensation of being picked out and picked on. It’s closely followed,most likely, by a wave of anger that your space and sanctuary has been violated. Now imagine; what do you do next? Perhaps call a family member or a friend? Perhaps a knock at your neighbour’s door to find out if they saw or heard anything? At some point within the next few minutes you’ll almost certainly be making a call to the Police.
If, instead of that burglary, you’d been the victim of a hate crime; if you were a young
woman with a learning disability who’d been spat at or kicked, or perhaps a gay man
who’d been verbally abused in the street then then chances are that that call to the Police isn’t going to happen. We’ve talked with people who have disabilities, with people from ethnic and cultural minority groups and we’ve talked with people with who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. In our experience you don’t have to delve too deeply in these conversations to learn about the most horrendous, hidden experiences of hate crime.

In 2010 – the most recent data we have – the Police received reports just over 48,000 hate crimes1 – a fall of some 7% on the previous year. Contrast this with survey evidence from the Office for National Statistics2 suggests that some 2% of the adult population of the UK- that’s about 985,000 people – experience hate crime. We want to do something about this reporting gap.

Shout crime image By developing a new Shout Crime smartphone app and a range of social plugins we want to make it easier for people to report hate crime incidents. We want to give them a choice of who to report to; to the Police, to a local support organisation or anonymously to Shout Crime. We want to help them report in a more timely way so the quality of reports are better. We want to help them report sooner so they don’t feel they have to let things get really serious before telling anyone about it. We want to offer a signpost to local support organisations who can help them. Perhaps most excitingly, we want to take the opportunity share hate crime report data openly with local communities and organisations who have a critical role to play in working with Police to developing local solutions and also working to ensure that the Police are accountable for the actions they take to address hate crime.

We’re incredibly excited about this project. We think it has the potential to make a
significant difference in the lives of a lot of people. Looking beyond hate crime we see potential for Shout Crime to make an impact in other areas of crime too.
The opportunity that GeoVation Challenge has given us has been fantastic; it’s improved our idea and put us in touch with people who can help us make our idea a reality. If you’d like to help us in this work then please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you

Where next?   

Where next map Where next? Is a project which has been developed by Age UK, Newcastle. It seeks to tackle the problem of the effect that an ageing population is having on society in general and on particular neighbourhoods.

Did you know that in the UK that:

Where next? seeks to address these problems by using community maps to facilitate person-centred planning with vulnerable, older and isolated people as a way to enable them to engage and integrate into their local community.  The maps will include locations of age – friendly businesses, vetted by older people.  Citizens, including children, pensioners, business people and people from health and social services will co-produce community maps. Contributors will plot what is available, see what is missing and think about how to co-create what they need into the future. These living maps will act as bridge between individuals in their homes and people in the community.

Where next? will be available to people at a point when people are outside of traditional services. It will provide a geographical solution for people by placing them in virtual and actual networks. Individuals and groups will define themselves in relationship to maps and community-based solutions rather than in reaction to diagnosis, prognosis and services.

Where next? will benefit people across generations and disciplines. It will shift perceptions that age and community is about them over there, to active engagement and ownership – it is about you and me staying in our community – aging together.

Kay Steven, Locality Manager