Residents Invited to Tackle Hate Crime
Published by Kate Hughes for Wolverhampton Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Residents of Wolverhampton are being invited to tackle hate crime by attending six special events in August organised by Wolverhampton Homes.
Hate crime is hostile or prejudicial behaviour because of a disability, gender, race, sexual orientation or religion and can include things like verbal abuse, harassment and violent attacks.
Wolverhampton Homes is holding the week of events to raise awareness of hate crime.
Residents will be able to chat to staff, take part in a prize draw and learn about how to recognise hate crime, while there will be face-painting for children and much more.
The week is a joint initiative. Wolverhampton City Council’s ASB Unit, West Midlands Police and Neighbourhood Wardens will all be coming along to give advice and guidance.
They will be joined by other organisations such as The Haven, Wolverhampton Interfaith and Regeneration Network, Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations and St Martin's Children's Centre in Bradley.
The events are between 11am and 3pm and will be taking place at:
• Asda Car Park, Molineux Way, Wolverhampton - Friday 19 August
• Bradley Estate, next to Rocket Pool Pub, Rocket Pool Drive, Bradley, Bilston - Monday 22 August
• Sainsbury's Supermarket Car Park, Rookery Street, Wednesfield -Tuesday 23 August
• Co-op Supermarket Car Park, Cannock Road, Fallings Park - Wednesday 24 August
• Morrison's Supermarket Car Park, Black Country Route, Bilston - Thursday 25 August
• Longfield House Car Park, Heath Town, Wolverhampton - Friday 26 August
Mark Henderson, Director of Housing at Wolverhampton, said: “Fortunately there are good community relations in Wolverhampton but we want anyone who suffers hate crime, and is a Council tenant, to know that we are here to help and will take the issue seriously. Perpetrators of hate crime are at risk of losing their home.
“We are committed to tackling hate crime and hope the events will ensure victims currently suffering in silence come forward.”
Karen Samuels, Head of Community Safety for the City Council, added: “The City Council and Safer Wolverhampton Partnership is pleased to be supporting these events.
“I’d encourage residents to come along to learn about how to recognise hate crime and, importantly, to find out about what can be done to tackle it.”
Anyone who is a victim of hate crime can call 01902 556789 to report it or can go to www.wolverhamptonhomes.org.uk and search for ‘hate crime’.
Further information can also be found on the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership’s website, www.wton-partnership.org.uk/swp.