We carried out further policy and research activities in a project with Race on the Agenda (ROTA). ROTA is a race equality organisation who were delivering a project that looked at how restorative justice can be used to deal with cases of racial hate crime. Equal Vision ran a number of information sessions and focus with people from a diverse range of backgrounds from across different parts of Merseyside. During the project we engaged with Merseyside Police, Citizens Advice Bureau, Victim Support and North Liverpool Community Justice Centre to explore their thoughts on the research topic. Following the project, Equal Vision and project partners in Bradford and London met with the Metropolitan Police and Greater London Authority to discuss the project findings.
Almost every year since forming in 2007 we have managed to organise residential trips. In 2008 this involved two separate groups of young people going on two residential trips to the Lake District and to Scotland. This meant the young people were able to climb the highest mountains in England and the UK respectively. Further trips have been organised more frequently to Snowdon.
Since 2007, Equal Vision has been involved in delivering and supporting a range of different recreational and policy-focused activities. This has involved a number of partnership projects with local and national partners. In 2009, we worked with London-based think-tank Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) to look at young people's legal capabilities. For this project we supported IARS to recruit, coordinate and facilitate several focus group discussions with young people from inner-city areas of Liverpool. A full report that documents the findings of this project can be found on IARS website.