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Love Instead of Hate 2018

A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended, ran workshops or delivered inspirational talks at our ‘Love Instead of Hate’ conference!

The ‘Love Instead of Hate’ community conference took place on Saturday 20th October 2018, which saw Warwickshire residents hear from inspirational people with amazing and humbling stories. Everyone came together to show that we embrace our differences.

Hate crime is a widely unreported problem as victims don’t always think a crime has been committed. This event will aim to provide a greater understanding about what constitutes hate crime and how it can be reported within Warwickshire. The conference  sought to:

  • Raise awareness and reinforce messages about hate crime & the importance of reporting.
  • Encourage communities to speak out against hate and report incidents.
  • Empower and inspire people to be actively involved in combating hate within their own community.
  • Update communities about the work being undertaken in Warwickshire by Partners (You said, We did) and obtain ideas about new areas of work.

Below are just some pictures from the event:

At this event, emceed by Trish Adudu, we heard from:

  • 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 ever transgender officer to serve openly in the British Armed Forces.

As well as listening to some truly inspirational people at the Conference, there was also be the opportunity for attendees to take part in some interactive workshops:

  • 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 were workshops and activities supervised and run by Victim Support.  The sessions celebrated difference and involved games and art.

Stalls and displays from organisations who offer support and help to people who have experienced prejudice were also there throughout the day.

Love Instead of Hate 2019

Plans are already underway for the 2019 event, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on this!

Any Other Queries?

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organising team at:

communitysafety@warwickshire.gov.uk

You can get information, advice and support about Hate Crime from our dedicated website www.reporthatenow.com

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