As part of National Hate Crime Awareness week, from 8 October, Warrington Borough Council is encouraging young people to Wise Up!
Wise Up! is an annual awards scheme that looks to recognise and celebrate the excellent work that Warrington schools are doing to tackle the issues of bullying and hate crime.
On Tuesday, 12 October, the Wise Up! Group launched their 2017 awards. The event took place at the Gateway.
School councils are invited to submit a completed questionnaire that invites them to share the work they are doing.
There are initiatives to tackle the issues of Hate Crime and Bullying in your school – sending out a clear message that in Warrington Schools we will not accept this behaviour.
Hate crime occurs when someone is targeted because of their race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Hitesh Patel, executive board member for personnel and communications, said: “Hate crime awareness week presents a valuable opportunity to draw attention to behaviour that has the potential to hurt all of us. It stops people from living and enjoying their everyday lives; taken to extremes it can destroy lives and inflict long-lasting damage on whole communities.
“This is why it is so important that the police, the council and so many other organisations are determined to tackle it. We all have a part to play in challenging discrimination, abuse and bullying, and in promoting and celebrating the diversity that so enriches our society.”
Reports about hate crime can be made online at cheshire.police.uk, by phoning 101, or if the situation is urgent dialling 999.
Rainbow-liveried Cheshire Police car with members of Hate Crime Board:
Steve Peddie WBC , Chair of Hate Crime & Incident Partnership; Sgt Graham Robinson, Cheshire Police; Hassan Kazi, Warrington Ethnic Communities Association; Insp Richard Spedding, Cheshire Police; Richard Bennett, Golden Gates Housing Trust; Pip Horne, Speak Up! and Helen Hill WBC.