There in only 10 days to go until the Love Instead of Hate Conference on Saturday 20th October.
We have managed to attract an amazing group of speakers with interesting and emotive personal stories to tell:-
- Trish Adudu – Trish is a well-known BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio host and TV presenter on shows that include The One Show and BBC Midlands Today. Trish has been a victim of hate crime and has spoken widely about her experience. She has kindly agreed to act as the host for the Conference.
- Dan Biddle – Dan suffered horrific injuries in the 7/7 London bombings. He has had to rebuild his life and his story is truly inspirational. He now works to improve access for the disabled.
- Sylvia Lancaster OBE – Sylvia’s daughter, Sophie Lancaster was just 20 when she was horrifically murdered by teenage boys because she was a goth. Sylvia established a charity, The Sophie Lancaster Foundation as a lasting legacy to her daughter. Sylvia was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her work to tackle hate crime.
- Caroline Paige – In 1999 Caroline became the first transgender officer to transition and serve openly in the UK military. Caroline’s service career and personal life have both seen more than their fair share of challenge, but she has won through and risen above her critics. Caroline now talks about her personal experiences and is a champion for diversity and equality.
As well as listening to some truly inspirational people at the Conference, there will also be the opportunity for adults and children to take part in some interactive workshops.
- A creative art project organised by local artist Tim Robottom. Tim is a very talented and thought provoking artist who has displayed his work previously at the Art in the Park Festival in Leamington and Street Fusion in Kenilworth.
- An African Drumming Workshop run by In2Cultures who are an award winning creative arts team. They have a passion for African percussion and multicultural creative arts, and love sharing their knowledge and expertise with everyone they work with.
- For children, there will be workshops and activities supervised and run by Victim Support. The sessions will celebrate difference and involve some games and art.
We have also invited a local rap artist to be a part of the event. 17 year-old Alan Lloyd will be performing a hate crime track called “Hate Crime FREEstyle” which has been written by PC Steve Crowshaw.