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Welcoming Menara Ahmed and Sharon Kilborne - two of our new Trustees!

NationalHCAW Newsletter 2022 

By Mark Healey

Welcome to issue 03 of our hate crime sector newsletter.

Looking back;

We have been busy since the last issue - as you can see from the content of this newsletter. I attended the launch of the new London Hate Crime Stakeholder Reference Group (more to follow in our next issue). I've also been attending meetings in Central East BCU (Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and Central South BCU (Lambeth and Southwark) where discussions are in progress about how to improve police/LGBT+ community relations.

Looking forward;

With my Metro Charity hat on I am looking forward to another round of library visits in Croydon and launching our 'LGBT+ Community' and 'Hate Crime' Reference and Resource folders that we are in the process of developing.

April will be an emotional month as we return to in-person gatherings in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. We are also planning to remember 'Michelle' (Maxwell Confait) whose body was discovered by Fire Officers tackling a house fire in Catford 50 years ago this month.

Call to action;

Click here see our call to action >
Newsletter Contents

17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week CIO Updates
  • April Acts of Remembrance 2022.
  • Another fabulous trustee joins our team.
  • We now have our own Rainbow Lottery Page!
Engagement Events
  • Community Calendar
Q1 Spring - Networking
  • Apr - Volunteer Recruitment Event
  • 17th Apr - Brixton
  • 24th Apr - Brick Lane
  • 29th Apr - Admiral Duncan Fundraiser
  • 30th Apr - Soho
Q2 Summer - Representation
  • 2nd Jul Rainbow Boroughs Marching Group
  • 18th Jul - NationalHCAW Summer Meeting
Q3 Autumn - Community Safety
  • 8th Oct - Start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • 9th Oct - Service at St Paul's Cathedral
  • 15th Oct - End of National Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • 16th Oct - International Day of Hope and Remembrance
Q4 Winter - Health and Wellbeing
  • 16th Jan - NationalHCAW Winter Meeting
Community News
  • Thank you Simon Green, may you rest in peace.
  • Remembering 'Michelle' (Maxwell Confait).
  • CPS Hate Crime Newsletter 30 March 2022.
  • CST SAFE Webinars.
  • Barry Boffy is leaving the British Transport Police.
  • MOPAC launch new Police and Crime Plan.
  • Why Me? Annual Conference 2022.
Specialist Organisations
  • Community Security Trust
  • DeafPlus
  • East European Resource Centre
  • Galop
  • Inclusion London
  • Report Racism
  • Sophie Lancaster Foundation
  • Stop Hate UK
  • Tell Mama
  • The Monitoring Group
  • True Vision 

Back Issues
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17-24-30 NationalHCAW CIO updates
April Acts of Remembrance 2022

We will be marking the 23rd anniversaries of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton (17th), Brick Lane (24th) and Soho (30th) this month.

The last time we gathered in person was April 2019, when we marked the 20th annivesaries of these awful events. The last two anniversaries held in 2020 and 2021 were held online - so we are glad to be returning to in-person gatherings.

You don't need to registered but it would be helpful if you do - so we have an idea of how many people are planning to join us.

We can't eliminate the possibility of catching covid, but we can work together to reduce the risks. Please consider taking a lateral flow test before attending, and where possible minimise in-person social contact 48 hours beforehand.

We are also looking for volunteers to help steward these events - contact if you can help us.
Click here to visit our archive and register to attend these events >
Another fabulous trustee joins our team

Last issue we reported that Sharon Kilborne (Croydon Council's outgoing Hate Crime Officer) had joined our team, and this issue we are pleased to announce that Menara Ahmed from Tower Hamlet's Council Hate Crime Team is joining us too.

That brings our Trustee Board  up to 7 Trustees now. Interested in joining the team? We are looking for 5 more people to bring us up to 12 people. If you are passionate about tackling hate crime and helping us deliver our national week - contact Mark if you are interested.
We now have our own Rainbow Lottery page!

We are excited to announce that we have been approved by the Rainbow Lottery and now have our own Rainbow Lottery page.

We are looking for 50 people to support us by playing the Rainbow Lottery each week - 50% of every ticket sold via our page comes directly to our charity, and there is a weekly prize drawer with a grand prize of £25,000.

It is £1 a ticket, less than £5 per month and could be a win win for us both!
Click here to view our Rainbow Lottery Page >
Engagement Events
Our Community Calendar includes key dates observed by communities we work with throughout the year. Do let us know if there are any dates you think we should add.
Click here to view our Community Calendar >
Quarter 1 2022/23 Events (April to June 2022)
Spring - Networking

Networking people, groups and organisations.
  • 17th April - Brixton Act of Remembrance
  • 24th April - Brick Lane Act of Remembrance
  • 30th April - Soho Act of Remembrance
Click here to sign up for this year's Acts of Remembrance >
Quarter 2 2022/23 Events (July to September 2022)
Summer - Representation

Increasing representation of the hate crime sector.
  • 2nd July Rainbow Boroughs Marching Group
  • 18th July 2022 - NationalHCAW Summer Meeting
Quarter 3 2022/23 Events (October to December 2022)
Autumn - Community Safety

Promoting community safety projects and services.
  • 8th Oct 2022 Start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • 9th Oct 2022 St Paul's Cathedral event
  • 15th Oct 2022 End of National Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • 16th Oct 2022 International Day of Hope and Remembrance
Quarter 4 2022/23 Events (January to March 2023)
Winter - Health and Wellbeing

Signposting projects that promote positive health and wellbeing.
  • 16th Jan 2022 - NationalHCAW Winter Meeting
Are your hate crime events listed?
We welcome you to register your hate crime awareness events and activities with us so that we can promote them in this newsletter and on our National Hate Crime Google Map.

To register your event email the following details; Name of event, Date/start/finish time, text description of event, URL link to more information or for tickets, public contact details (for publication) and an image/photo we can use to promote your event.
Click here to view the National Hate Crime Google Map 2022 >
Have you signed up to the UK Hate Crime Network Group on LinkedIn?
We are encouraging hate crime specialists to join and share inforation in our UK Hate Crime Network Group on LinkedIn. You will need a LinkedIn profile to join this group.
Click here to visit UK Hate Crime Network Group on LinkedIn >
Community News
Have you got a piece of community news you would like us to share?
Send us press releases to share in this newsletter/on our social media.
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Thank you Simon Green, may you rest in peace.

We heard the sad news that a fellow anti-hate crime campaigner and disability rights activist Simon Green has passed away after a long battle with a brain tumour.

We are lucky to include Simon amongst our friends, an inspiration in so many ways through his work in Wales.

His death reminds us that we have only a short time in the world, a brief opportunity to make our mark - and he certainly did. He will be fondly missed by friends, family and colleague, and by the extended communities of people who have benefited from his efforts to make the world a better, kinder place for us all.

Those of us working in the hate crime and disability rights sector feel your loss because you were one of our team, a fantastic running mate who carried the baton of hope for as long and as far as you could.

Thank you Simon.

Our thoughts and prayers to your family, friends and colleagues x
50 years on - remembering 'Michelle' (Maxwell Confait)

The body of 'Michelle' (Maxwell Confait) was discovered by the Fire Brigade as they responded to a house fire in the early hours of the 22nd April 1972, which will be 50 years ago this month.

Michelle as she was known to her friends, was a 26 year old, Sychellean - she would probably have identified as Transgender if she was alive today, but in the 70s the terms 'transvesite' and 'transsexual' were more commonly used. The investigating officer identified her as a male homosexual and sex worker, which may have negatively impacted upon the investigation.

The initial investigation lead to high profile miscarriage of justice - three young people (aged 14, 15 and 18), were wrongly suspected, arrested and convicted of setting the fire and murdering Michelle - only for their convictions to be thrown out on the 17th April 1975.

The case influcenced the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Prosecutions of Offences Act 1985, leading to the formation of the Crown Prosecution Service in 1986.

A report 20 Feb 1980 by Detective Chief Superintendent E J George and Inspector E. Ellison noted that it was likely that Douglas Franklin " would have emerged at an early stage as a major suspect" if the three boys has not been arrested and police assumed they were guilty. Franklin committed suicide shortly after he was interviewed by the police. 

In October 2019, the case was examined by BBC Two programme Catching Britain's Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us.

On Friday 22nd April please light a candle and remember Michelle.
CPS Hate Crime Newsletter 30 March 2022

The latest CPS Hate Crime Newsletter is now available on the CPS website:
CST SAFE Webinars

The CST SAFE programme will be of interest to any member of a community that feels vulnerable to violent extremism or hate crime. All our webinars are free and suitable for over 18’s only.

Please share this invitation with anyone who you think may be interested.

CST look forward to welcoming you onto a SAFE webinar soon. Please see the full schedule below with links to the Zoom pre-registration page 

12th April at 7pm, Conflict Management (Effective communication in high stress situations):


26th April at 2pm, Basic security (An introduction to security for places of worship and faith communities):


28th April at 10am, Women’s safety (Simple tips to keep you safe during your busy daily life) with Southwark Council:


11th May at 7pm, Organising security (Security and risk management, and how to develop a security plan):


18th May at 2pm, Hate crime and your community (How to deal with racial and religious hatred – especially in the digital age):


25th May at 7pm, Online security (How to protect yourself and your community from online threats):


1st June at 2pm, Event security for your community (Appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of large numbers of people):


15th June at 7pm, Women’s safety (Simple tips to keep you safe during your busy daily life):


22nd June at 7pm, Basic security (An introduction to security for places of worship and faith communities):


Some useful links and documents can be found by scanning our new Linktree:

Barry Boffy is leaving the Britsh Transport Police

All good things eventually come to an end, and we are sad to learn that BTP Head of Diversity and Inclusion Barry Boffy is moving on, and leaving the British Transport Police.

Barry has been instrumental to building the positive working relationship that currently exists between the British Transport Police and the Hate Crime Sector.
Barry Boffy and Mark Healey having a conversation about Hate Crime during National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021
MOPAC launch new Police and Crime Plan

MOPAC have launched the new 3-year Police and Crime Plan, focussing on four key priorities;

1) Reducing violence in all its forms in London.
2) Increasing trust and confidence.
3) Improving the service provided to victims of crime.
4) Protecting people from criminal exploitation and harm.
Click here to view the MOPAC Police and Crime Plan >

Why me? Annual Conference 2022: Promoting Equality in Restorative Justice

Wed 25 May 2022 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM BST

Do you have an interest in Restorative Justice? Do you want to make the Criminal Justice System more inclusive? Restorative Justice has the power to change lives, but there is not equal access for all. Why me?'s mission is to transform lives through Restorative Justice and we are excited to announce the launch of our new, in-person conference to discuss how more people can be empowered through the process.

This enriching one day event will bring together frontline staff, practitioners, academics, staff and volunteers working within and outside of the Criminal Justice System and Restorative Justice experts. You will spend your time sharing ideas and learning from peers about the theme of inclusivity in Restorative Justice. Join Why Me? for a day of face to face networking and discussions of best practice.

Click here to book tickets for this conference >
We have listed below some of the key anti-hate crime organisations that we work with to tackle hate crime across the UK, more are listed on our National Hate Crime Reporting page on our website.

Clicking on the images below will take you to their websites. 17-24-30 takes no responsibility for what appears on other organisation's websites and social media.
Specialist Organisations
Click here to view our National Hate Crime Reporting page >
Community Security Trust CST Website
DeafPlus website
Galop website
Inclusion London website
Report Racism website
Sophie Lancaster Foundation website
Stop Hate UK website
The Monitoring Group website
Tell Mama website
True Vision Website
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