Borough Council commended at the National Hate Crime Awards for their community work

Published: Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Northampton Borough Council scooped a national award for the work it does with diverse communities across the town at the Hate Crime Awards on Thursday 17 November.

The Borough Council beat off stiff competition from Manchester City Council to be presented with the “2016 Local Council Service Upstander Award” by Lord Bourne, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Communities and Local Government, during a ceremony that honoured and celebrated people in society who challenge intolerance. 

Northampton Borough Council won the award in recognition of the way it works with communities within the town, including the development of six community forums and the delivery of events in support of national awareness campaigns including International Men’s Day, Hate Crime Week, International Day for persons with a Disability and commemorative days such as Holocaust Memorial Day and Srebrenica Memorial Day.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Safety, Cllr Anna King, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have our community engagement and safety work recognised with a National Hate Crime Award. 

“We are really proud of how our community forums bring people together to increase understanding of the town’s diversity and celebrate the things we have in common. We aim to draw from this success as we continue to develop the forums’ work and events.”