Trafford Council, Greater Manchester Police and the Safer Trafford Partnership are coming together with faith and community groups to support the city-wide Hate Crime Awareness Week.
A programme of activities will take place through the week, including a multi-faith event on Monday 4 February hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association North West at Trafford Town Hall. This will see speakers from across six different faiths come together to talk about the importance of peace, tolerance and understanding in religion.
Throughout the week Greater Manchester Police will be in town centres and communities, talking to residents about hate crime, and will be offering intensive support to any victims of hate crime during the week to hear how services could be improved. There will be lots of social media messaging linking activity across Greater Manchester, using #westandtogether.
There will also be a range of community projects being launched during the week, which have been funded through the Safer Trafford Partnerships Hate Crime Awareness Grant Scheme. These include support for victims of hate crime, awareness raising in schools, engaging young people to take a positive stance, and supporting our diverse communities to tackle hate crime. For the full list visit the Trafford Partnership community cohesion page.
Cllr Kevin Procter, Trafford Council Executive member for Communities and Housing, said:
While we are proud that Trafford remains the safest borough in Greater Manchester, nationally hate crime figures are on the rise. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we all have a responsibility to stand together against hatred and discrimination.
It is important for Trafford, as a community, to do its utmost to tackle hate crime. We hope the week is a great success, and the projects we have funded increase awareness and the reporting of hate crime, provide support for the victims of hate and in turn reduce the impact of hate crime in our community.
For more information, visit www.letsendhatecrime.com or contact the partnerships and communities team at Trafford Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0161 912 1173.
Posted on Monday 4th February 2019