Stop Hate UK are proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014

September 15th, 2014

Stop Hate UK are proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014

Stop Hate UK are proud to be working with 17-24-30 for this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The purpose of the week is to promote and raise awareness of Hate Crime – what it is and what to do if you affected by it. The various events will be used to encourage, report, and promote local support services and resources.

Starting on Saturday 11 October 2014, National Hate Crime Awareness Week begins at St Paul’s Cathedral in London with a candlelit vigil and presentation hosted by Sylvia Lancaster, Founder of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Other events include street theatre performances and giveaways in Worcester, drop in sessions at Asda Superstore in Southwark, London and training and awareness sessions in Plymouth and many other events across the UK.

Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK said: “National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a pivotal time in our calendar. It helps us to raise the profile of Hate Crime and bring to light the many ways people can be a victim of Hate Crime. Our mission is to not only help people affected by Hate Crime but to educate and support too. I’m very proud to be part of such an amazing event and I am sure these will get bigger year on year.”

Stop Hate UK are encouraging local authorities (Police, Council and others) to work in partnership with local groups and community organisations to host a series of Hate Crime Awareness Events throughout the UK and Abroad in the week leading up to the International Day of Hope and Remembrance on the 18th October 2014 for those affected by Hate Crime.

For more information please contact Stop Hate UK on 0113 293 5100 or email info@stophateuk.org.

 

Stop Hate UK would like to invite you to attend any of the events being hosted during National Hate Crime Awareness Week. To see the diary of events go to http://www.stophateuk.org/hate-crime-awareness-week/ or contact Stop Hate UK as more events are still being added in the run up to the week.

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New vacancy – Stakeholder Relationship Co-ordinator

September 8th, 2014

We are seeking to appoint a part time

Stakeholder Relationship Co-ordinator


18.5hrs per week based at our Head Office in Leeds

(Temporary until 31 March 2015)

 

Salary: £25,000 pa (pro rata)

The co-ordinator will work closely with our team and stakeholders to raise awareness of Hate Crime and our services.  They will be a confident person who is able to establish good relationships with many different types of people and organisations using face to face meetings as well as electronic and social media communications.

Closing date for this post is noon 2nd October 2014

Interviews to be held on 8th October 2014


This is a key role within the organisation and will involve travel and overnight stays.

For an application pack please visit http://www.stophateuk.org/jobs-volunteering/

If you have questions about the position after having downloaded the application pack, please contact 0113 293 5100 or info@stophateuk.org

 

Stop Hate UK welcomes applications from all sections of the community regardless of race, gender, faith, disability, sexual diversity or age.

 

All applicants should note that appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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Devon & Cornwall PCC commissions Stop Hate UK

September 1st, 2014

Stop Hate UK are delighted to have received funding from the Ministry of Justice Competed Fund, supported by the OPCC of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The  funding will allow us to introduce our independent and confidential 24/7 Stop Hate Line service throughout Devon and Cornwall allowing victims and witnesses to report Hate Crimes and Discrimination via Phone, Text, Web-chat, Email, Post, Text-Relay and Interactive BSL Interpreter. Service users will receive the immediate support of our trained Helpline operators who will discuss options and where consent is provided, refer onwards to partner agencies. Service users will also be offered the services of a Hate Crime Advocate who will provide ongoing telephone based support and assistance.

The service will complement existing services within Devon and Cornwall to ensure victims have the ability to access specialist advice and support when they need it in a way that is appropriate to them. Together we will aim to assist victims cope and recover from the victimisation they have faced in order that they can live their lives in a way they wish, without fear of hostility, discrimination and prejudice.

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Sing Freedom in Leeds

August 20th, 2014

When ANC activist Rusty Bernstein was tried for his life alongside Nelson Mandela, his family’s lives changed forever.

Join us as his daughter Frances tells their deeply personal story, recalling the liberation struggle vividly through the songs of the apartheid era, sung by Free Range

Funds raised will go to support the work of Stop Hate UK, challenging hatred and discrimination in all it’s forms.

Tickets £8 or 4 for £24 – to book tickets go to info@stophateuk.org or call 0113 293 5100

Friday 24th October, 7.30pm

See poster for details

 

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Summer Newsletter 2014

August 20th, 2014

Newsletter Summer 2014 – final

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Law Commission publishes recommendations on Hate Crime legislation

May 28th, 2014

Following a lengthy and comprehensive consultation, to which Stop Hate UK was a significant contributor representing the interests of the people we support, the Law Commission has now published its recommendations on Hate Crime legislation.

We are delighted that the Law Commission has recognised that it is undesirable for aggravated offences not to apply equally to hostility based on Hate Crime across the five monitored strands of Disability, Gender Identity, Race, Religion and Sexual Orientation.

Although the Law Commission has not thought it possible to recommend an immediate extension of the aggravated offences to the strands of Disability, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, we understand the concerns that the current regime is not working effectively, and indeed this is something we raised as part of our consultation response. We therefore acknowledge and support the recommendation that further review of the aggravated offences ought to take place. Stop Hate UK hopes that the Government implements the full-scale review of the operation of aggravated offences and of the enhanced sentencing system that has been called for by the Law Commission.

Stop Hate UK welcomes the Law Commission’s recommendation that the Sentencing Council issue guidance on the approach to sentencing in offences involving hostility, as discussed in our consultation response We also strongly recommended that criminal record documentation ought to make it clear where someone has a previous conviction for an offence in which hostility based on one of the five monitored strands of Hate Crime was present. We are pleased to see that the Law Commission has taken up this stance.

We are disappointed that there is felt to be insufficient evidence at this time to extend the stirring up offences on grounds of Disability and Gender Identity: this is not the feeling of many of the people we speak to on a daily basis. We understand the stringent legal test to be met in order for a conviction for a stirring up offence to be secured but feel that there is a similar argument to be made about equality across the strands, as identified by the Law Commission in respect of the aggravated offences, even if only a limited number of convictions for stirring up offences would result.

Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK said today:

“Stop Hate UK believes that at the heart of Hate Crime legislation should be the promotion of equality. We are pleased that the Law Commission’s report reflects a number of the recommendations that Stop Hate UK made during the consultation. We will continue to advance and promote the interests of all those affected by Hate Crime and communities affected by Hate Crime in any further review.”

Read Stop Hate UK’s Response to the Law Commission

Read Law Commission’s recommendations

 

 

 

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New Hate Crime Operational Guidance published

May 23rd, 2014

This month the College of Policing published revised operational guidance outlining the minimum standards for response, investigation and supervision of Hate Crime offences.

The guidance which replaces the 2005 Hate Crime Manual includes a foreword by Dr Nathan Hall from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth and member of the Independent Advisory Group for the Police. Dr Hall who also sits on the Board of Trustees at Stop Hate UK said:

“The police occupy an important position in protecting victims of hate crime. Victims and broader communities need to have trust and confidence that the police will respond appropriately and effectively to their needs and this further demonstration of their commitment is welcomed. It is also important that many victims and advocates have contributed to the development of this product and I am pleased to see the document published. The policing of hate crime has improved significantly since the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry reported in 1999. This is testament to the tireless efforts of Stephen’s family but also to the dedication of many police officers of all ranks across the country, and of course the dedication of victims, advocates, charities and countless others working in this area. This guidance will help the service build on those improvements further.”

The under-reporting of Hate Crimes is acknowledged in the new guidance and Stop Hate UK is recognised as an independent service providing 24 hour Hate Crime reporting services offering immediate support and information for victims and third-party callers.

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Merseyside PCC commissions Stop Hate UK to provide independent support and advice to victims

May 19th, 2014

Commissioner delivers 24/7 helpline for all hate crime victims

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today pledged to tackle the under-reporting of hate crime by funding an independent support service for the whole region.

Jane Kennedy has announced she will fund Stop Hate UK to deliver a 24/7 helpline offering third party support and advice to anyone on Merseyside targeted by incidents of abuse, intimidation or hate because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender.

As well as offering a round-the-clock service by phone or social media, national third party reporting agency Stop Hate UK will also deliver a campaign aimed at raising awareness of hate crime in the region and the steps that can be taken to combat it.

The Commissioner made the announcement at the third annual Navajo Merseyside & Cheshire LGBTI Chartermark Award Ceremony, which recognises companies that support and encourage good practice and are committed and knowledgeable about the specific needs, issues and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) people in Merseyside.

The decision to fund the service also comes as the Commissioner joined officers today in raising the rainbow flag at Merseyside Police headquarters ahead of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) which is celebrated on May 17th every year.

The Commissioner took the decision to fund the service after becoming concerned that the service available to people across the region had become inconsistent.

Jane Kennedy said: “Tackling all forms of hate crime is one of my policing priorities. Merseyside Police are committed to eradicating crimes motivated by prejudice, intolerance and hatred. Nobody should be targeted by abuse or criminal behaviour because of their sexual orientation, transgender, disability, race or religion.

“We know that all forms of hate crime are significantly under-reported. We also know that if incidents are not tackled at an early stage they can escalate into very serious crimes. However, it is important to recognise that some individuals and communities may be reluctant to talk directly to the police or their local council.

“That is why it is so important to have a consistent third party reporting facility across the whole region. Currently that does not exist and that is why I have taken the decision to fund Stop Hate UK for Merseyside. This service will ensure every single person, of any race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or with any disability, living anywhere in the region can access an independent, confidential agency to report an incident of hate crime to a trusted and responsible third party organisation.

“I realise this means the number of reported hate crimes will increase, but that is what we must accept and encourage in order to protect our residents and prevent them from being targeted because of ignorance, prejudice or intolerance.

“My hope is that the reporting of hate crime does increase because, ultimately, that means that people are speaking out. It means people are saying abusing someone simply because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is never acceptable here on Merseyside.”

Stop Hate UK will provide the infrastructure and IT to deliver the most up-to-date reporting mechanisms and the training, skills and experience to deal effectively with all reported incidents of hate crime. This includes an easily accessible service with free phone telephone numbers, multilingual options, text relay for hard of hearing, text reporting which goes direct to call handler, web chat and on line forms.

Stop Hate UK will also focus on raising awareness of hate crime within Merseyside, educating victims, witnesses and the general public about what hate crime is and the steps that can be tackle it.

Stop Hate UK Chief Executive Rose Simkins said: “Stop Hate UK are delighted that Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has decided to fund the Stop Hate Line service across Merseyside.

“This is a very important step to bring consistency across the whole of Merseyside and to ensure that anyone can access independent support on Hate Crime 24 hours a day by phone or using social media to report incidents. Hate Crime is known to have a long term and devastating impact on those who are targeted. However, we know that most people do not report the incidents they experience or witness. There are many barriers to reporting including: fear of reprisals, fear of the police, fear of not being believed, or not knowing who to speak to. We will now be able to offer this much needed service across the whole of Merseyside.”

The Stop Hate Line gives victims and witnesses a safe and independent place to talk about their experiences and to explore their options for taking things further.

The Stop Hate Line 0800 138 1625 is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The helpline can support people who report incidents they believe to be motivated by aspects of identity such as Disability, Gender Identity, Race, Religion and Sexual Orientation. People who believe that they have been targeted because of other aspects of identity can also access the helpline.
People can also contact the Stop Hate Line anonymously. Where a victim has chosen to give their personal details to Stop Hate UK, their trained staff and volunteers will ask the victim who they want their details to be shared with. The charity can also share information with the police and council, with consent, to ensure that Hate Crime victims and witnesses can access the support they need.

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Stop Hate UK Spring 2014 Newsletter is out now

April 16th, 2014

Spring newsletter 2014 final

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Ambassador Adrian Derbyshire in training for campaign tour

March 31st, 2014

 

 


 

A DISABLED athlete who is to hand-cycle around the country for a good cause has been training in Chester.

Wheelchair fencer Adrian Derbyshire, 38, won two gold medals and three silver medals competing for Great Britain and has often found himself the victim of hate crime whether it be verbal abuse in the street or more serious issues.

His Great Britain career ended prematurely when burglars raided his home and stole equipment valued at £35,000, plus Team GB memorabilia.

Adrian is now in training for a six month tour of schools, colleges, and universities around the country where he will talk about hate crime and what effects it has on its victims.

It started off as a four week projects but due to popular demand Adrian has expanded the tour into six month.

Adrian, from Warrington, said: “I have been a victim of hate crime due to being heckled and called ‘Cripple’ the first time going out as a wheelchair user. This left me with no confidence and I isolated myself for four months before getting the courage to go out again, and also last year, I was a victim of a burglary, the sole purpose being to steal all of my Great Britain memorabilia, two Gold and three Silver medals, and the Olympic Torch and Paralympic lantern which I carried through Chester in 2012.

“They could not find my medals and torch, but instead took everything else including my GB wheelchair. This group is known for terrorising vulnerable people such as those with a disability, mental health problems and the elderly.

“With this happening to me I decided to do something about it and became official spokesman for Warrington Borough Council’s Hate Crime strategy as well as being approached by National Charity STOP HATE UK to be an ambassador against hate crime in the UK, which I accepted.”

Adrian, who takes part in a half-marathon a day on his hand-bike as part of his training, was approached by James Booth, Hannah Winstanley, Jordan Williams, and Nicky Richardson, students at Chester University, who wanted to film him as part of a documentary for their University of Chester project and they filmed him alongside the River Dee in Chester.

“James approached me to do their project and I was happy to help. They have been following me through my training as I do daily half marathons.”

Adrian’s six month campaign starts next month.

Story from Chester First:

http://www.chesterfirst.co.uk/news/132299/wheelchair-athlete-fighting-hate-crime-trains-in-chester.aspx

 

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