National Hate Crime Awareness Week – events in Leeds

Volition members Stop Hate UK are pleased to be working in partnership with 17-24-30 and partners across the UK to coordinate National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015 which will run from Saturday 10th October to Saturday 17th October. So our event to mark World Mental Health Day falls during this week, on 15th Oct. Tackling hate crime is clearly consistent with the World Mental Health Day theme of Dignity in Mental Health.

The purpose of Hate Crime Awareness Week is to tackle Hate Crime issues by raising awareness of what Hate Crime is and how to respond to it, encourage  reporting, and promote local support services and resources.

A number of events are planned in Leeds:

Incorporating Hate Crime awareness information into existing Streetleague sessions aimed at young people who are preparing for work
organised by Streetleague
2 x sessions during the week to 20 young people
Contact faron.convey@streetleague.co.uk ; jayne.dempsey@streetleague.co.uk

Pay As You Feel Lunch, Junktion Café, Chapel Lane, Armley
Organised by The Junk Food Project, Stop Hate UK and West Yorkshire Police
Friday October 16, 11am – 3pm
Event based around sharing food and conversation with visitors to the café over the lunch period. Also some leaflet distribution on Armley Town Street. Aiming for some positive media coverage following the hate incidents being investigated by the police a couple of weeks ago after the café painted the message ‘Refugees Welcome’ on its walls. These incidents were reported widely in the press.
Contact: armley_junk-tion@outlook.co.uk ; claire@stophateuk.org

Lighting up the First Direct Arena in Support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week  Sat 10 October and Sat 17 October
The FD Arena have agreed to light up the arena on Saturday 10 October and Sat 17 October; they will use their social media to promote the week. Watch out for tweets and make sure you follow Stop Hate UK on @stophateuk and the arena on @fdarena

Candlelight vigil following on from the My Leeds My Culture event at Leeds City Museum in Millennium Square
Organised by Angels of Youth and Stop hate UK
Saturday 17 October
Candlelight vigil at 3- 3.30pm on the steps
My Leeds My Culture event runs from 11-3pm and celebrates Black History through an exhibition showing the impact of African influence on the arts, music, fashion, sports, faith and history.
During the event Stop Hate UK will facilitate the completion of a print-run of booklets with words and pictures demonstrating attendee’s thoughts and hopes on how Hate Crime has impacted themselves or people they know.
Following on from the event a candlelight vigil will be hosted by Stop Hate UK to remember those affected by Hate Crime. A community-based choir will be singing during the event.
Contact: marvina@angelofyouths.com ; claire@stophateuk.org

Leeds City Station Concourse, British Transport Police (BTP)
Thursday October 15, 3.30-6pm
Information to be handed out to commuters as they pass through the station. This is happening in response to the high profile cases of Hate Crime that have taken place on trains and because the figures released recently by the BTP show high levels of Hate Crime recorded.
Contact: claire@stophateuk.org ; shashi.sedha@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

For further information about the week, events that are taking place, and how to get involved, contact Claire Tabert at Stop Hate UK: claire@stophateuk.org

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