We're pledging our support for Hate Crime Awareness Week

16 October 2019

Waterloo Housing, part of the Platform Housing Group, is joining forces with the police and other agencies to tackle hate crime.

We will take part in a series of roadshows as part of our support of Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The national initiative – which runs from Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 October this year – takes place every year and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of what hate crime is and stand by those affected by it.

The events will take place as follows, between 11.00am and 3.00pm:

  • Monday 14 October at Shawcroft car park, Ashbourne;
  • Wednesday 16 October at Crown Square, Matlock;
  • Friday 18 October, outside the Co-Op, Granby Road, Bakewell.

Tracey Silk, Community Engagement Officer at Waterloo Housing said : “Supporting such a valuable initiative as Hate Crime Awareness Week is extremely important to us as a social landlord; as an organisation with community at its heart, our message is clear.  We will never tolerate hate crime.”

National Hate Crime Awareness Week encourages people to consider how they respond to hate crime; hate crime includes any criminal offence targeted at someone that is fuelled by hostility or prejudice related to an individual’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

Karl Millward, PCSO Supervisor at Derbyshire Constabulary said : “As a police force we support Hate Crime Awareness Week every year, delivering multi agency awareness events to increase understanding and encourage confidence in people when reporting such crimes.  We hope as many of you as possible will come along to our roadshows throughout the week to find out more.”

The statistics make for sobering reading; between April 2018 and March 2019, Derbyshire Constabulary recorded 960 hate crimes; of these, 721 were racial, 158 concerned the victim’s sexual orientation, 77 were related to disability, 32 were religious and 26 were against transgender members of the community.

Other agencies available during the events include Derbyshire Constabulary, the Police Volunteer Service, Derbyshire Fire Service, Stop Hate UK Charity, Victim Support, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council.

In addition to the roadshows, the police will also be holding ‘beat sweeps’ during the week in Ashbourne; Waterloo Housing will be supporting these.

Waterloo Housing is part of Platform Housing Group which provides more than 45,000 homes from Herefordshire in the West to the Lincolnshire coast in the East, and from the Derbyshire Dales in the North to the Cotswolds in the South.

For further information please contact Tracey Silk, Community Engagement Officer at Waterloo Housing Group on 01858 414519 or email her at tracey.silk@waterloo.org.uk.

Tracey Silk, Community Engagement Officer at Waterloo Housing Group and Karl Millward, PCSO Supervisor at Derbyshire Constabulary at a recent police walkabout in Matlock

Tracey Silk (Community Engagement Officer at Waterloo Housing) and Karl Millward (PCSO Supervisor at Derbyshire Constabulary) at a recent police walkabout in Matlock