The council values diversity and is committed to promoting good relations with and between different groups and individuals within our community.
The information on this page is intended to provide some examples of how we work with and support different groups and is not an exhaustive list.
The Armed Forces Community
Hart District Council is proud of its historic connections with the Armed Forces. You can find more information about our local armed forces community and the support available to armed forces families and veterans on our Armed Forces webpage.
The Gurkha’s and Nepalese Community
Hart has a small but vibrant Nepalese community. The district has a long and illustrious history with the Gurkha’s and the Nepalese due to the Gurkha Regiments being stationed at Queen Elizabeth Barracks from the 1970’s through to 2000. This relationship continues today with 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment being based just over our boundary, at Aldershot Barracks.
In 2016 the council was pleased to connect with the newly formed Fleet Nepalese Community Group which has led to opportunities to work together.
Gypsies and Travellers
Many of the unauthorised encampments within the area are by groups of people who follow a nomadic way of life travelling the country, stopping off for a time and then moving on. These individuals are often referred to as travellers. Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Race Relation Act 1976 and the Human Rights Act 1998, together with all groups who have a particular culture, language or values.
It is not illegal to roam and a person or persons cannot be prevented from roaming. When however an individual or group of individuals move onto a piece of property without first gaining the permission of the landowner, this becomes a matter of civil trespass between the landowner the individual(s) illegally camped on the land and it is the responsibility of the landowner to deal with the encampment. The council is not legally obliged to remove individuals or groups who are illegally camped on council land but do try to move all unauthorised encampments as quickly as possible.
The Private Sector Housing Team in Housing Services 01252 774420 will visit any unauthorised encampments initially to establish if further action is required.
Dementia Friendly Communities
In 2011 Fleet was chosen to become one of only three towns in Hampshire for a pilot project to develop dementia-friendly communities in the county. Through the project local businesses, groups and organisations received training to become more dementia aware. The council continues to support the development of dementia-friendly communities through the Hart Health and Wellbeing Plan and the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative. Dementia Friends learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. The council’s Dementia Friends Champion can offer Dementia Friends sessions to local groups and organisations. For more information contact Liz Glenn, Health & Policy Project Officer, by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism Friendly Fleet
The council is pleased to be supporting a group of local parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to help make Fleet a more Autism-friendly town. The group has come together to work with local businesses and services to raise awareness of ASD and to encourage people to take steps to make life easier and more enjoyable for people with ASD and their families.
Ageing Well Network
The Ageing Well Network is an informal sub-group of the Hart Health & Wellbeing Board, bringing together District Council representatives with voluntary and community groups to address issues which affect health and wellbeing as people get older.
Starting Well Network
The Starting Well Network is an informal sub-group of the Hart Health & Wellbeing Board, bringing together council representatives with schools, statutory partners and voluntary organisations who work with children and young people.