This year, we took part in National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) by holding a free Stand by Me Bystander Intervention training session in Nottingham, facilitating a session to tackle Islamophobia with international students through our Safety Through Engagement programme and released a new podcast episode on anti-racism.
During the week, we also promoted our free online resources to tackle hate, shared and distributed the official NHCAW social media campaign and petition to stop hate crime, and celebrated Show Racism the Red Card’s ‘Wear Red Day’.
In the month of October, we launched a brand-new podcast: Talking Shop. During NHCAW, we released our first full episode: ‘Why Do We Need Antiracists?’. This podcast episode quickly became popular, with a discussion on the current impact of racism in the community and what local groups are doing about it with Manjit from Poets Against Racism and Richard from Nottingham Stand Up To Racism. Listen here!
It was great to bring together international students together in Nottingham to take part in a session we ran with Green Academy Trust as part of our Safety Through Engagement programme which is a project to end hate towards Muslims. This interactive session saw the students learn about Islam, how to tackle myths about Muslims, as well as the role of the Bystander in tackling hate crime.
Finally, in conjunction with Nottingham City Council, we ended the week by providing a free Stand by Me Bystander Intervention training session in Nottingham thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. We received some fantastic feedback from a participant who attended this session: “It was amazing and the trainer was brilliant, the information very relevant and the session was really interactive. Great work”.
We look forward to another year of tackling hate and prejudice and to supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week again in 2024.