A 24-hour Stop Hate Line helpline has been set up in Lewisham.
The service has been entirely funded by donations to the 25-year-old charity Stop Hate UK as a ‘lifetime gift’ to the borough, from the charity.
Stop Hate UK London has also announced it will open its first office, based at The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in Lewisham.
Cllr Brenda Dacres, Lewisham’s cabinet member for safer communities, said: “On the 25th anniversary of Stop Hate UK, it is an honour for Lewisham to be the home of the helpline.
“In Lewisham, we are proud of our diversity and we stand shoulder to shoulder against all forms of hate crimes.
“Stop Hate UK has provided invaluable services, supporting and assisting victims of all forms of discrimination and hate crimes.
“We are also delighted to be able to work even closer with the Stop Hate UK Team and Baroness Lawrence.”
The Met’s Tara Duffy, hate crime coordinator and faith liaison officer, said: “We are delighted that the Stop Hate UK helpline has been launched in Lewisham, on this the charity’s 25th anniversary.
“I am pleased that the residents of Lewisham will a have access to a service that will listen, provide advice and support, and help to explore what to do next.”
Pictured top: Lewisham Civic Centre
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.