Several events will be taking places across the borough from Monday 4 February until 10 February as Oldham takes part in Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019.

Funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), these sessions have been organised to help residents gain a better understanding of what hate crime is and where to access appropriate support.

Hate crime is an act of violence or hostility that is directed at a person or group because of who they are or what they think they are.

It comes in many different forms such as physical attacks, a threat of attack and verbal abuse or insults, and anyone can be affected by such incidents.

But as many hate crimes go unreported, many events are taking place to help those suffering in silence.

Here is a list of the events taking place as part of the Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019:

Monday 4 February

Event: Alchemy Arts working in partnership with Fatima Women’s Association

  • 4–8 February, 6–8pm, Fatima Women’s Association (58 Marlborough St, Oldham, OL4 1XQ)

Details: With the use of Critical Dialogue and Forum Theatre, two drama sessions will be delivered exploring the concept of ‘Hate Crime’. What it means and the support for individuals who are the victims of hate crime.

Event: Iqra Education and Welfare Trust

  • 10am–1pm, Khadija Centre (319 Waterloo Street, Glodwick, OL4 1ER, Oldham)

Details: Highlighting the importance of reporting hate crime, specifically islamophobia, through interactive workshops with students which will allow them to ask questions and raise any of their own concerns.

Event: Oldham Personal Advocacy Group (Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre)

  • OPAL (The Link Centre, 140 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DZ)

Details: Using drama, roleplay, photography and presentation skills to raise awareness of hate crime and hate incidents, along with how easy it is to report a hate crime/incident.

Event: Networking in East Oldham Neighbourhoods (Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre)

Details: Information stall throughout the week and discussions with groups of people accessing the centre.

Event: Villages Housing Association (Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre)

  • 10am–12 noon, The Brew Inn (Fitton Hill Shopping Precinct, Oldham, OL8 2BP)

Details: Coffee morning to include neighbourhood police team and raise awareness of hate crime

Event: Police Information Stall

  • 6–9pm, Royton Library (Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL2 6QJ)

Details: Drop-in Hate Crime Awareness session.

Tuesday 5 February

Event: Great Places Housing Group and Crossley Centre

  • 11am–2pm, The Crossley Centre (323 Denton Lane, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9GA)

Details: Bringing together tenants from two housing associations and the surrounding area to facilitate table discussions and encourage people to interact with those that they wouldn’t normally interact with.

Event: Police Information Stall

  • 5–7pm, Tesco (Featherstall Road, OL9 6BW)

Details: One of many information stalls across the borough during Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Wednesday 6 February 

Event: Police Information Stall

11am–12 noon, Neon Community Hub (Holt Street, OL4 2DQ)

Details: One of many information stalls across the borough during Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Thursday 7 February

Event: The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

  • 10am–12.30pm, Oldham Civic Centre (West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL)

Details: Introducing the NEW issue-based resource “Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster” based on the BBC film and the original poem by Simon Armitage.

Event: Highfly

  • 6–9pm, Progress Training Rooms (322-324 Ashton Road, Oldham, OL8 3ED)

Details: The project will deliver four script writing workshops exploring the cause of hate and the impact it has in the community. Working with 15-20 young people to come up with 3-4 short film script and 3-4 anti-hate campaign adverts. The young people will learn about racism, islamophobia, homophobia and other forms of hate and find creative way to communicate anti-hate through their writing.

Group 1 - Workshop 1 of 2

Event: Future Directions CIC

  • 10.30am–2.30pm, Oldham Library (Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL)

Details: An information stand will be held at Oldham Library by self-advocacy group SPICE, with lots of information on offer around what hate crime is, how it can affect people and what to do if you or someone you know is a victim of hate crime.

Event: Police Information Stall

  • 12.30pm, The Honeywell Centre (Hadfield Street, Hathershaw, OL8 3BP)

Details: One of many information stalls across the borough during Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week. Event: Police Information Stall

  • 2-3pm, Royton Library (Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL2 6QJ)

Details: Drop-in Hate Crime Awareness session

Event: Police Information Stall

  • 10–11am, Crompton Library (Farrow Street, Oldham, OL2 8QY)

Details: Surgery and Hate Crime Awareness session

Group 1 - Workshop 2 of 2

Event: Police Information Stall

  • 12–1pm, Gallery Oldham (Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1TJ)

Details: One of many information stalls across the borough during Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Event: Oldham Play Action Group

  • 5.30–7pm, Greenacres Community Centre (Hadfield Street, Hathershaw, OL4 3EU)

Details: The project focuses on key issues through an arts based painted canvas and collaged project. Working with families to create a series of Decorated Talking Heads, Conversational Canvases torsoes and Other People’s Shoes – structured like a giant game of ‘Consequences’. Facilitators asking and finding out the answers to what is hate crime, who commits hate crime, why, who is harmed by hate crime, what are the protected characteristics, why report, what steps can we take to stop seeing people as ‘the other’ and all work together for stronger communities where everyone is valued.

Event: Police Information Stall

  • 10–11am, Failsworth Town Hall (Oldham Road, M35 0FJ)

Details: Surgery and Hate Crime Awareness session

Friday 8 February

Event: Highfly

  • 6–9pm, Progress Training Rooms (322-324 Ashton Road, Oldham, OL8 3ED)

Details: See earlier details

Event: Police Information Stall

  • 10–11am, St Chads Centre (OL8 3HH)

Details: Surgery and Hate Crime Awareness session

Group 1 - Workshop 2 of 2

Saturday 9 February

Event: Highfly

  • 6–9pm, Progress Training Rooms (322-324 Ashton Road, Oldham, OL8 3ED)

Details: See earlier details

Group 2 - Workshop 1 of 2

Sunday 10 February

Event: Highfly

  • 6–9pm, Progress Training Rooms (322-324 Ashton Road, Oldham, OL8 3ED)

Details: See earlier details

Group 2 - Workshop 2 of 2

How can I report a hate crime?

If you have been affected by a hate crime, even if you’re unsure that you’ve been a victim, it is important that you speak to someone. In an emergency call 999 and in a non-emergency call 101 or go to a nearby police station and report it.

Extra support is available for people who wish not to contact the police or for those who need extra support. This can be accessed at the Stop Hate Helpline - 0800 138 1625 - a free confidential 24-hour hate crime reporting service.

For more information on hate crime please visit letsendhatecrime.com or call the Victim Support Services helpline: 0161 200 1950, Text Relay, 18002 0161 200 1950.

Additionally, for more information on how to report a hate crime.