CBC Safer Corby Team, Northamptonshire Police and other partners are supporting a national campaign to tackle the impact of hate crime in October.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a multi-agency event running across the UK from 10 -17th October, raising awareness of what hate crime is and remembering those whose lives have been affected by it.
The Safer Corby Team will be delivering interactive workshop sessions in local primary schools as part of an education programme to develop their understanding of hate crime and its impact on local communities. Sessions are being planned in partnership with Corby Teamwork, to talk to members about disability hate crime and where they can get support if they are, or know someone who is, a victim. The Corby Neighbourhood Policing Team are also delivering hate crime workshops to Year 7 students at Corby Technical School.
A public information display will also be organised in the Willow Place Town Centre, Corby on 14 October 10am – 2pm, involving Corby Borough Council, Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Race Equality Council.
According to recent data from Northamptonshire Police, Corby currently is the 4th highest district in the county regarding numbers of reported hate crime, with race related incidents being the highest category countywide.
Lead member for CBC Housing & Neighbourhood Services Cllr Bob Eyles said:
‘Hate crime is a serious issue for our local communities. It affects not only the individuals directly involved, but can lead to local communities feeling unsafe and fearful. It is important we begin to teach children from an early age about the value of respecting all people, regardless of their background/identity.’
Yemi Holman, Hate Crime Co-ordinator for Northamptonshire Police said:
‘Hate Crime Awareness Week is a national campaign designed to raise awareness and this week. We the police will be working alongside our partner agencies to engage with our communities to raise awareness around what a hate crime is, to support victims and to send a message that hate has no place in our society. We encourage people who have been a victim of hate crime or may know of someone who is being targeted to get in touch with us.’
Notes to Editors:
NHCAW is a week of action whereby local authorities are encouraged to work alongside key partners and communities affected by hate crime to tackle local hate crime issues. Key aims are to:
- Run awareness events to increase public knowledge
- Preventing hate crime where possible
- Empowering communities to report hate crime and work together
- Operational responses to hate crime