Borough Council shortlisted for National Hate Crime Awards 2016

Published: Monday, 14 November 2016

Northampton Borough Council has been shortlisted for a National Hate Crime Award, after being nominated for their work developing a number of community forums and events in the town.

The Borough Council has been shortlisted for the ‘Local Council Service Upstander Award 2016’ following a week of activities delivered in support of National Hate Crime Week and in partnership with Northamptonshire Police, Northampton Rights and Equality Council and Northampton Inter Faith Forum.

The Hate Crime Week awareness activities began with an afternoon tea event that offered discussions about how to tackle hate crime and the opportunity to meet local Hate Crime Champions. During the event, over 70 attendees pledged their support to tackling hate crime in Northampton and 15 new Hate Crime Champions were signed up to be the go to contacts in their areas.

Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Safety, Cllr Anna King, said: “Celebrating the town’s diversity and embracing what we have in common is really important to us, which is why we run six community forums throughout Northampton.

“The forums bring together partner organisations to deliver a range activities to raise awareness and understanding through campaigns such as Hate Crime Week, International Day for persons with a Disability, Holocaust and Srebrenica Memorial Days.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted, and have our hard work in this area recognised, and look forward to continuing to work with key organisations in the town, to develop this work further.”

The results of the Hate Crime Awards will be unveiled during a ceremony in Central London on 17 November.