Opening Nominations for the #No2H8Crime Awards on the 1st of May 2017

We are opening nominations for the national #No2H8 Crime Awards on the 1st of May 2017. This will be the second year where we will be recognising many of the unsung heroes who work tirelessly and diligently in communities tackling hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

This year, the #No2H8 Crime Awards will host a gala dinner in London for participants and for nominees. This expands our work from last year and we have a number of high profile individuals who will be part of the Judging Panel for the awards and who will also speak at the gala dinner. Last year, the awards attracted the Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, Lord Nick Bourne and Home Office Minister, Baron Susan Williams.

If you know of an individual, organisation, Parliamentarian or social activist who has made a real difference in their local area tackling hatred, racism and prejudice, you can lodge a nomination on the #No2H8 Crime Awards site. 1st of May is the date to remember and let’s ensure that we put hate crime on the political and social map as much as possible.

Richard Benson Appointed to Chair the National #No2H8 Crime Awards

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”.

Endorsements from Leading Politicians on the National Hate Crime Awards

Statement from Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government

lord-bourne-1“Nobody in Britain should live in fear because of who they are, what they believe or who they choose to love.

The Government is committed to tackling hate crime and this is why we have published a new Hate Crime Action plan to focus on reducing incidents, increasing reporting and improving support for victims.

However, it is the important work of Tell MAMA and other organisations supporting tonight’s event that make this possible in their work tackling prejudice with people from all backgrounds.

It is essential that each of us rejects hatred, offering instead empathy and support to victims of hate crime.

This evening’s launch of the National Hate Crime Awards is an opportunity to honour the remarkable individuals who are leading the fight against hate crime and I am delighted to offer my support. “


Statement from the Right Honourable Nick Clegg MP

nick-clegg-mp“The National Hate Crime Awards are hugely important to honour the tireless and selfless work that so many do across the country to challenge intolerance. We have recently seen rises in hate crimes across the UK yet the cornerstone of our country is based on protecting the dignity and identities of people so that they are not targeted out of hatred, intolerance and prejudice. I stand by these core values and that is why we must honour those in our communities who stand up against such intolerant behaviour.”


Statement from Alison Saunders CB, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)  at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

alison-saunders“The CPS is delighted to support the first National Hate Crime Awards.

The CPS is committed to doing all it can to improve awareness of hate crime, increase the reporting of these corrosive crimes and raise confidence in the prosecution process.

Celebrating the achievements of those at the forefront of effective change, to the benefit of all communities, plays a central role in pursuit of this objective.”

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List of Award Winners Countering Hatred and Intolerance, 2016

The list of award winners for the first annual awards for those countering hate, intolerance and prejudice were announced on Thursday the 17th of November 2016. The National Hate Crime Awards ceremony, 2016, took place in Central London and the award winners for each of the categories are listed below.

We congratulate those who were successful on the night and to those who were not, 2017 could well be your year. Nominations will open in May 2017 and we hope that you will all put forward the names of individuals and organisations making a positive difference in communities. More than ever, we as communities, need to stand together and work towards defending core values that bind us together and unite us for the future.

The 2016 Award Winners were as follows:

  • Young Upstander Award: Tamanna Miah
  • Community Volunteer Upstander Award: Rev’d Canon Mark Oakley
  • Upstanding Organisation Award: Communities Inc.
  • Research and Innovation Award: Dr. Stevie-Jade Hardie
  • Media Upstander Award: Awaaz FM Community Radio
  • Local Council Service Upstander Award: Northampton Borough Council
  • Law Enforcement Upstander Award: CC Susannah Fish, Nottinghampshire Police
  • Parliamentarian Upstander Award: David Lammy MP

Special Awards Categories:

  •   Edwin Shukur Award: Mark Healey
  •   Lawrence Brass Award: Caroline Nelson
  •  Outstanding Contribution Award: Bruce Brown
  •  Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul Giannasi
  •  Tell MAMA Champion Award: Baroness Susan Williams
  •  The Jo Cox Award: Presented in honour of the late Jo Cox and her vision and values. This will be presented to her husband, Brendan Cox.

National Hate Crime Awards Ceremony to be Launched on November 17th 2016

We are pleased to announce that the first of the annual National Hate Crime Awards ceremonies will be launched on November 17th 2016.

The National Hate Crime Awards ceremony has been devised by Faith Matters who co-ordinate the national Tell MAMA project, though the awards ceremony is a strong partnership of  a range of national hate crime agencies who work with a variety of communities in supporting their needs when they have been targeted for a hate incident or hate crime.

As Jo Cox stated in her maiden speech in Parliament,

“While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”

We hope that the National Hate Crime Awards ceremony of 2016 (#NHCA2016), will be an annual gathering of those individuals, activists and organisations who have stood out and spoken up against hatred, intolerance and prejudice. Only by working together as communities, can we remain vigilant against the scourge of such hatred and extremism, which has no part to play in our country.

The Awards will also be an opportunity to celebrate what is so special about our communities and to honour those who care about the security of our nation and the dignity of individuals. By honouring them, we hope that the NHCA2016 will be a rallying call and motivator for others to follow in the path of countering prejudice and hatred that so blights the lives of some in our country.