No home for hate in North Somerset

No home for hate in North Somerset

Events raising awareness of hate crime will be taking place in North Somerset this week during Hate Crime Awareness Week (12-18 October).

Activities organised by the RHINS (Responding to Hate Incidents in North Somerset) partnership will highlight what a hate crime is, how to report it (whether you are a victim or a witness) and the support that is available for those affected by it.

Members of the RHINS group will be touring North Somerset visiting key locations to talk about hate crime and distribute leaflets and posters raising awareness of hate crime and the importance of reporting it.

Police Community Support Officers who have received hate crime training will be delivering hate crime assemblies in schools across North Somerset talking to young people about hate crime.

The week also includes:

Saturday 12 October
Hate Crime Awareness Week launch event ‘Stop Hate, Celebrate’ at the Winter Gardens, Weston, noon-4.30pm. A free event featuring talks, live dance performances, stalls and competitions highlighting the services and support available and the work being done in the area to tackle hate crime.

Tuesday 16 October
‘Room for Improvements’ – an open discussion about hate crime – at Somewhere To Go, St John’s Church Hall, the Boulevard, Weston, 1.30pm.

Thursday 18 October
Communication Café at Coffee#1, High Street, Weston, 10am-noon.

In addition, there will be an information stand in the Town Hall reception at Weston during the week.

Hate crime comes in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

It can happen anywhere and can be verbal, physical or, increasingly, on social media. It is usually unprovoked and often has a long-term effect on the victim.

Hate crimes can be reported in many ways – call 999 if a crime is happening now or if someone is in immediate danger, 101 if it’s not an emergency or visit to find out how to report online.

For the latest on hate crime awareness week in North Somerset, follow @SaferStrongerNS on Twitter and Safer Stronger North Somerset on Facebook and look out for the hashtag #NHCAW19 on social media throughout the week.

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