#EndHateTogether award winner, Tower Hamlets Hate Crime Champions, No Place For Hate

#EndHateTogether award winner, Tower Hamlets Hate Crime Champions, No Place For Hate

HEAR is delighted to announce that the winner of the second #EndHateTogether award for excellent and innovative London projects working across equality, across sector and across communities to challenge hate crime and targeted abuse is:

Tower Hamlets, No Place For Hate, Hate Crime Champions Projec

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) created the Hate Crime Champions Project in 2008 to share and promote its vision of a safe and cohesive borough free from all forms of hate. LBTH is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country, with a large number of residents from minority ethnic communities, the largest Muslim population in England and one of the largest youth populations in Europe.

This project is delivered by volunteer champions that represent a cross section of the community supported by the borough’s Hate Crime Team and governed by the hate crime strategic group the ‘Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate Forum’ (THNPFHF) which brings together key agencies including Tower Hamlets Council, Metropolitan Police, Housing Providers, Schools,Tower Hamlets CCG, Public Health, Legal Services, Victim Support,Faith Organisations, local voluntary sector groups and the local LGBT plus Forum and has high level political support.

What has made us particularly proud is that through this project we have successfully reached marginalised groups such as Refugees/Newcomers,LGBT community, Faith Groups, Disability Groups, Young People, Faith& Non Faith Groups, Women’s Groups.

Since the launch of the project, LBTH has recruited 128 champions who have delivered over 1086 training and public engagement activities, reaching in excess of 65,000 people including very hard-to-reach groups who can be reluctant to report, for example disabled residents, former rough sleepers, deaf Asian women, refugees, newcomer communities, non-English speaking groups, substance misusers, LGBT and elderly communities.

Find out more from the team at Charities Challenging Hate Crime, pan-equality Hate Crime Network, Tuesday 12th February, 3-6pm to book email mhairi@reap.org.uk

In total champions have encouraged 150 organisations and 3000 people to sign the ‘No place for Hate’ pledge including local residents Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen.

All pledgesigners can be found on www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/hatecrime

Cheryl Jethoo – Tower Hamlets Resident

“I chose to become a NPFH Ambassador because I believe hate has become increasingly prevalent in the world. Unfortunately, people are targeting others and are committing horrific crimes on them simply because of their race, religion, sexuality, disability, gender, etc. I chose to make a stand against hate crime by signing the pledge,encouraging others to do so too and promising to never be a bystanderwhen hate crime is occurring…

In the near future, I will beoffering workshops to educate people on hate crime and raisingawareness through incorporating it into current newsletters and information displays at my local GP Surgery"

Samantha Ming - Health Care Scientist Support Worker Barts Health NHS Trust

“As an ambassadorfor NPFH I will be the voice for those who are silent, to un-normalise the normalise behaviour and be the change I want to see, by raising awareness and educating the community to report all Hate Crime. #NoPlaceForHate ”

Sue-Jane O’Keefe - Community Partnerships Coordinator Gateway Housing

"One of the reasons I wanted to become a NP4HC champion was because I experienced discrimination as a child and young adult. I did not have the skills or confidence to challenge this at the time and want to help empower others so they can feel confident to address hate crime and know where and how to report it… I work in a housing association with a rich diversity of residents and want to help raise awareness of staff and residents so together we can tackle Hate Crime and work towards a more cohesive community"

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