Croydon is working with the CVA to host a Communities Against Hate Crime event at Croydon Vision on Wednesday 13 March.
The free event starts at 4pm with refreshments and the council is encouraging people to come along and share their views and concerns about this crime.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“Tackling hate crime is a priority for the Safer Croydon Partnership. Communities need to feel confident to report incidents of hate crime in the knowledge that their experiences will be taken seriously and investigated rigorously as a result.
“This is an important opportunity to hear about work our communities are leading to combat knife crime.”
Sarah Burns, the CVA’s head of communities, will open the event and introduce a wide range of anti-hate crime speakers.
These include Anna Smith, on disability; Andrew Cleydert, on how women are affected; and New Addington Pathfinders and Safe Haven Youth on how this crime impacts youth.
Raindows Across Border will speak on LGBTQ and hate crime, and Charlie Henderson on the links between city centre regeneration and this offence.
Donna Murray Turner, chair of Croydon Safer Neighbourhoods Board, will also feedback on Croydon’s first Hate Crime Awareness Week, which took place last October.
The meeting will also be attended by Croydon Mayor, Bernadette Khan; Michael Craven, from the all-party parliamentary group, Tell Mama, who work to stop Islamophobic hate crime; Croydon Police chief inspector, Craig Knight and Gwanwyn Mason, programme manager for hate crime from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.
How the CVA is working with Victim Support to support community-led action against hate crime will be discussed, followed by short presentation on some of the partnership activity from the Communities Against Hate Crime project.
This will showcase how both voluntary sector organisations and grassroot community groups are working together to create a culture of resisting and overcoming hate in Croydon.
Please reserve your free place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comunities-against-hate-crime-tickets-56636840314