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Events

Hate Crime Awareness Week is 14th - 18th October 2019

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Barnet will be hosting a number of events across the borough. Hate crime is an issue that affects the entire community. No one deserves to be targeted with abuse because of their disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, race, religion or national origin. The project aims to show people that we will not let hate crime escalate in Barnet.

Last year we launched our Hate Crime Awareness Campaign: Barnet - Say No To Hate Crime: Speak Up, Get Support and Report It! The project ties in with the Barnet 2024 Corporate Plan outcome aimed at building safe and strong communities where people get along well. One of the priorities under this outcome is “taking a zero-tolerance approach to
hate crime”.

Research has shown that hate crime can escalate and spread if it is left unchecked within a community. Hate crime can be targeted against its victims on the grounds of disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, race, religion or national origin. It can include offences such as verbal abuse, criminal damage, bullying, assault, harassment and offensive graffiti.

There has also been a recent surge in online hate crime, particularly through the use of social media. Over Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019, we want to reach out to members of our community to encourage reporting of hate crime by becoming a Hate Crime Reporting Champion. Increased reports will allow the police and their partners to build up a statistical picture of hate crime hotspots, so they can target resources towards stopping it. This could include more police patrols or community workshops to bring people together.

Barnet Council has therefore partnered with the Metropolitan Police (Safer Transport Team), Barnet Mencap, Barnet Homes, Community Barnet, Inclusion Barnet, Community Security Trust, Barnet Multifaith Forum and Middlesex University to to spread public awareness and understanding of hate crime, and the effect it has on its victims. At awareness raising events across the borough, community support workers will talk to members of the public about identifying hate crime and the ways in which it can be reported to the Police. This will include information about Barnet’s Hate Crime Reporting Centres, where vulnerable adults can get support if they need assistance to speak up about hate crime.

Take a look at what we got upto during Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018

So how can you get involved?

You could come along to one of our events - Click here to view our Hate Crime Awareness Week Events Flyer. 

If you are from an organisation you could sign our Hate Crime Awareness Pledge!

You could sign up to be a Hate Crime Reporting Champion!

We regularly have events which give people a chance to support Barnet Mencap or get involved in what we do.

We are holding our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 10:30am at St Paul's Centre in Finchley. Everybody is welcome to come along to hear what we've been upto over the past year, as well as what we will be focusing on in the future. This year, the main focus of the meeting will be on our Short Breaks services for adults and children. Our Sherrick House service for adults is celebrating its 40th year.

For details of our Fundraising activities, head to our Fundraising page.

For details of our workshops and courses for parents of children with additional needs, please click here.

We have lots of activities for members of our social projects and through our Autism Service.

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