There is no room for hate anywhere, this was the message presented at an event held by Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust to celebrate and recognise the development of its Hate Crime Strategy.
The event, titled ‘Hate Does Not Belong Here,’ was held on 15 October to coincide with National Hate Crime Awareness Week. It was also used as an opportunity to promote the Trust’s new strategy that ensures staff and service users are supported and respected.
Bhavna Parmar, Safeguarding Lead in Secure Services at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“This was a brilliant day that reinforced some strong key messages that “Hate does not belong here” and “Hate makes no sense”. We’ve been working really hard with our partners to develop the Hate Crime Strategy and this event was a culmination of all the work that’s gone into developing it. The event ended with a discussion around how to prevent hate crime and what hate crime means to attendees. This was a really interesting interactive exercise with everyone getting involved in the conversation.”
Lancashire & South Cumbria’s Hate Crime Strategy has been jointly developed by the Trust’s Hate Crime Strategy Group and Lancashire Constabulary. It mirrors the five key areas of the Government’s action plan on tackling hate: Preventing, Responding, Increasing Reporting, Improving Support, and Building our Understanding.
The event was held at the Guild Lodge Mental Health Facility with a range of speakers from within the NHS, Lancashire Constabulary, and third sector organisations that included BAME groups and victim support networks.