We are very pleased to announce the appointment of ex-CST Chief Executive, Richard Benson, as the Chair of the national #No2H8 Crime Awards which will be taking place in October 2017. This is an ongoing appointment and we welcome the expertise on offer through this appointment.
Following on from the successful launch of the anti-Hate Crime Awards in 2016 which attracted over 40 organisations and over 300 people, Faith Matters is proud to announce the appointment of Richard Benson as the Chair of the national awards scheme for 2017. Themed as ‘Communities Countering Hatred‘ the national awards scheme will celebrate and honour those civil society activists, religious leaders, organisations and politicians who have inspired others and worked to reduce hatred, intolerance and prejudice in their local communities.
This initiative is the only national awards ceremony which ensures that those working in the fields of hate crime monitoring, community cohesion and integration are honoured in the United Kingdom. The scheme therefore covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In 2017, there will be over 15 categories of nominations celebrating the work of young people through to organisations and faith leaders and at a time of global change and insecurity, the awards are also meant to provide a focal point to mobilise and motivate communities to be ‘Upstanders’ against hatred within communities.
Speaking about his appointment as Chair of the national awards scheme, the ex-CEO of the Community Security Trust, Richard Benson, said:
“I have devoted over 20 years of my professional and private life to combating anti-semitism and all forms of hate crimes and have worked with amazing people and organisations who are at the sharp end of countering the same issues. They stand up for what’s right and with so much intolerance and hatred these brave people need to be honoured openly and proudly for what they do”.