Young people in Hammersmith & Fulham have signed a pledge promising to help stamp out hate crime in the borough, as part of a council-led project.
There is no place for hate in H&F and we’re encouraging everyone who lives, works or visits the borough to make a pledge to be tolerant, have respect and to embrace the diversity of our communities.
Thanks to proactive work by the council, the number of reported hate crimes has fallen recently, but there’s still work to be done to rid the borough of prejudice.
“We will not tolerate hate crime in the borough,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
“That’s why we’re working hard to ensure that everybody is treated with respect, regardless of nationality, gender or religion.
“We created our annual Unity Day events to bring residents of all backgrounds together in celebration. Their success proves we are a borough where diversity is cherished and prejudice has no place.”
Sign our pledge
So far, more than 200 residents have signed the council’s hate crime pledge, to show prejudice is not welcome in this borough.
The council’s Community Safety team has been working with local schools on a project to address the issue of hate crime and promote an understanding of difference, identity, and tolerance.
The Heartstone Odyssey is a project for schools, funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and supported and delivered by the council.
The team has so far worked with Hammersmith & Fulham College, West Kensington, Normand Croft Primary School, also in West Kensington, and the Lady Margaret school, in Fulham.
Some of the work from the project with borough schools will go on display in the reception of Hammersmith Town Hall later this year.
Last week, council officers visited Fulham Boys’ School to promote its work tackling hate crime. Motivated staff and students then made more than 100 pledges.
What is hate crime?
Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their:
- race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
- gender or gender identity
- sexual orientation
Hate crimes can be anything from threats, to verbal assaults or physical assaults.
There are different ways you can report hate crime if you're a victim or a witness.
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