The Youth Council for Tower Hamlets were applauded at a ceremony yesterday (27 June) for taking a stand against hate crime. The Mayor congratulated a group of 20 young people overall for completing training to become Champions for the No Place for Hate campaign.
The No Place for Hate campaign provides support to victims of hate crime, aids the prosecution of perpetrators and provides training to people within the borough. Hate Crime Champions have completed the council’s training and are committed to tackling discrimination.
All 20 members of the Youth Council are now Champions for the campaign and have the skills to raise awareness of the impact of hate crime, to help tackle hate crime within their communities and among their peers by encouraging people to report it.
Priya Kaur, a member of Tower Hamlets Youth Council, said:
“The Hate Crime Champions training was very helpful in making us – young people especially – acknowledge the fact that these crimes are real things that happen to people.
“Personally I feel like this training has allowed me to be more proactive in approaching problems like these and also the confidence to share with my friends or people I socialise with ideas of how to prevent hate crime.”
The Youth Council will now share their skills with around 300 young people via presentations and meetings at their school and community hubs across the borough.
The Champions join 84 others who have received training. This includes Tower Hamlets residents, local professionals from the voluntary and statutory sector, Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers and staff from disability charity, Real.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, attended the ceremony at Mulberry Place. He said:
“I’m honoured to award certificates to this committed group who are spreading the message within their communities that hate crime will not be tolerated in Tower Hamlets.
“I’m incredibly proud to see that the Youth Council have completed their training as they can spread awareness among a new generation. We all have a key part to play in eliminating hate crime and together, I believe we can.”
Cllr Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor for Community Safety and Equalities, said:
“I would like to congratulate the Youth Council and Tower Hamlets residents for completing their training. It’s fantastic to see so many people committed to making our borough a welcoming place to live for all.”
Posted on Thursday 28th June 2018