John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, has welcomed the latest intake of champions being trained by the council to tackle hate crime in the borough.
The new team of 13 have just started the council’s specialist No Place for Hate programme. They add to 71 others who have already used the training to bring thousands of people together in community projects and improve relationships in their neighbourhoods.
Mayor Biggs said:
“I am pleased this training is so well received by local people. I will continue to work closely with the police to keep the streets safe and I am committed to supporting our communities through other initiatives like this.
“All our No Place for Hate Champions are dedicated to celebrating differences and diversity across the borough. They help us deliver a key message – there is no room for hate in Tower Hamlets.”
Cllr Asma Begum, cabinet member for community safety added:
“This award winning training brings so much positivity to local communities. I am looking forward to hearing about the projects these champions will deliver. I would also urge local residents to take up the next opportunity to get trained as a No Place for Hate Champion.”
Anna Williams, who completed the last round of training said:
“I jumped at the chance of becoming a champion. I am hoping to draw on assistance from my fellow champions to represent the No Place for Hate Campaign at some of our resident events and get as many colleagues and residents as possible to sign the No Place for Hate Pledge!”
Shalina Akhtar, who also completed the last round of training added:
“As a Hate Crime Champion I know anyone can be a victim. I understand how life changing these experiences can be and how important it is to be believed and supported. I am also a strong believer in obtaining justice and holding perpetrators to account. Therefore, I will use my role to be a voice for the silenced and work tirelessly to empower victims to become survivors!”
1800 residents and 130 businesses already supporting the borough’s No Place for Hate pledge, which was developed to demonstrate that Tower Hamlets condemns all types of hate crime.