Several events will be taking places across the borough from Monday 5 February until 11 February as Oldham takes part in Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018. 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 how they can help to prevent it in their area and get 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.

Events taking place in Oldham during Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018

Monday 5 February

  • 5—7pm - Greater Manchester Police information stall at Tesco Supermarket, Featherstall Road, Oldham.

Tuesday 6 February

  • 11am—1pm - Greater Manchester Police information stall at Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham.
  • 12 noon—4pm - A hate crime awareness event run by Westwood and Coldhurst Community Women’s Association to enable women from the community to attend and obtain information around hate crime.  The event includes a number of activities including arts and craft stalls, and will take place at OBA Millennium Centre, Featherstall Road North, Oldham, OL1 9QB. For more information contact Ajufa Begum (info@wcwa.co.uk / 0161 652 0000).

Wednesday 7 February

  • 11am—1pm - Greater Manchester Police information stall at the Neon Centre, Holt Street, Oldham.
  • 11.30am – A hate crime workshop run by Future Directions for people with learning disabilities and autism at Marle House, Broadway Business Park, Broadgate, Chadderton, OL9 9XA. For more information contact Jennifer Neville (Jennifer.neville@futuredirectionscic.co.uk / 0161 769 9000).
  • 4—5pm - Greater Manchester Police information stall at a touch rugby game taking place at Oldham Community Leisure, Rochdale Road.

Thursday 8 February

  • 1—5pm - Greater Manchester Police information stall at Honeywell Centre, Hadfield Street, Oldham.

Friday 9 February

  • 10am—12 noon - Greater Manchester Police information stall at Oldham Market Hall, Albion Street, Oldham.

Saturday 10 February

  • 12 noon—3pm - A town centre event run by Age UK Oldham and the LGBTQ Group at the George Street Chapel which will include information stalls from LGBTQ organisations and speakers from the local LGBTQ community. For more information please contact Maggie Hurley (Maggie.hurley@ageukoldham.org.uk / 0161 633 0213).
  • 12 noon - Arts and crafts activities for the community at Greenhill Football Club Sports Complex Centre, Havelock Street, Oldham. For more information please contact Ms Sadia Aziz (oghcsrc@outlook.com / 0161 465 8846).
  • 12 noon—2.30pm - A hate crime awareness stall in Oldham Town Centre rub by the Oldham Rainbow Association. For more information please contact George Campbell (thegeorgetavernoldham@gmail.com / 07734 559285)
  • 1—4pm - A lunch at 1pm ran by the Dovetales International Trust with an after dinner speaker talking about Hate Crime. Crafts and games during the afternoon. The event will take place at 5-7 Beal Lane, Shaw, OL2 8UY. For more information please contact Janet Heap (Dovetales7@hotmail.com / 0161 652 4060)

Sunday 11 February

  • 1—4pm - An arts project at Café Mandels, Dunwood Parkm Shaw. The project is called ‘Reflections of Love and Hate Crime’. This is organised in partnership with Oldham Play Action Group and Right Opportunities CIC to create a series of large wooden framed mirrors decorated by participants to explore questions and issues around hate crime. For more information please contact Amanda Wright (info@rightopportunities.org / 07783009964)
  • 3.30—5.30pm - This event, ran by Planet Mercy,  will include hate crime-themed; presentations, short talks, arts and crafts, a children’s performance, a workshop and a performance on diversity. The event will take place at The Zone, Madina Institute Mosque and Community Hub, Mount Pleasant Business Centre, Jackson Street, Oldham, OL4 1HU. For more information please contact Liza Ahmed (lizaahmed@live.co.uk / 07720 536 892)

Please note a video by Amanda Foundation, which features interviews from a range of key influencers and community people highlighting what hate crime is and how people can report it, is set to be shown on Pro Bash Bangla on Thursday 8 February at 7pm.

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.