Published: Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

The Royal Borough of Greenwich will be launching a week of activities on 14 October.

Hate Crime Awareness Week highlights our work with partners to engage with and support victims of hate crime after an incident.

Hate crimes are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's race, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. It can take many forms.

Events to raise awareness

We will be running events throughout the week with community pop-ups in Woolwich, Eltham and Greenwich run by the Greenwich Inclusion Project (GrIP), and the Greenwich Association of Disabled People (GAD):

  • Tuesday 17 October - Eltham Area, Community Awareness Pop-up, 11am to 4pm, The Eltham Centre
  • Wednesday 18 October - Greenwich Area, Community Awareness, Pop-up, 11am to 4pm, The Greenwich Centre
  • Thursday 19 October - Woolwich Area, Community Awareness, Pop-up, 11am to 4pm, The Woolwich Centre
  • Friday 20 October - 'Where the lines are drawn', 6pm, Bathway Theatre

The week culminates with a thought-provoking performance from the Little Fish Theatre Company in an interactive play exploring the different facets of hate crime. The play, called 'Where the lines are drawn', will be performed to members of the public for the first time before being used as an educational tool in schools.

The event runs from 6pm at the Bathway Theatre, Woolwich beginning with a drinks reception.

'We can continually improve the services and advice we offer'

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, said: "Hate Crime Awareness Week allows us to reflect with our partners on how we can continually improve the services and advice we offer to victims of hate crime. It also provides an invaluable opportunity to illustrate, in the words of the late Jo Cox, that we have far more in common than that which divides us.

"I look forward to seeing residents at our community pop-ups and at the events we are running throughout the week."

Get support or report an incident

Residents can rely on support from the Royal Borough if they encounter any kind of hate crime. The Council works with the charity Stop Hate UK to provide a service at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.

You can report an incident or seek support on the Stop Hate UK website

Local people can show support for Hate Crime Awareness Week on twitter at the handle Royal_Greenwich and using the hash tags #NHCAW and #GreenwichTogether.