Two new projects launched to improve hate crime awareness in Hackney

Screenshot 2022-10-08 12.55.43

This Hate Crime Awareness Week (8-16 October) the Council will be launching two new projects to support victims of hate crime and encourage people to come forward if they witness a hate crime or incident. 

The first project, Hate Crime Champions, has been created to support and advise victims and witnesses of a hate incident or crime. All champions will be supported in their role with regular check-ins and training from our Hate Crime Lead Officer. 

The second project, Hate Crime Forum, has been created to ensure the Council’s work around hate crime in the borough is representative of all Hackney’s diverse communities. The forum will be an inclusive group, who meet regularly to discuss and collaborate with the Council on best practice when sharing important messages around hate crime with different communities. 

Both projects have been launched with the aim of better supporting those affected by a hate crime or incident but to also give witnesses the confidence to come forward and report.

If you would like to get involved in either of these new projects you can contact the Council’s Hate Crime Lead Officer Bennett Obong on: bennett.obong@hackney.gov.uk 

The Council will also be acknowledging Hate Crime Awareness Week with a week-long programme of engagement events across the borough including information and support stalls and a ceremony to celebrate young people who have recently took part in a school project to equip them with skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge acts of discrimination and hate.


  • Monday 10 October: 10am-2pm 

Community engagement stall 

The Narrow Way, Mare Street E8 1HY

  • Tuesday 11 October: 10am-1pm 

Community engagement stall 

Tesco Supermarket

55 Morning Lane E9 6ND

  • Wednesday 12 October: 10am-1pm 

Community engagement stall

Sainsbury’s Supermarket

1 Amhurst Park N16 5LW

  • Thursday 13 October: 10am-1pm

Community engagement stall

Hackney Town Hall

Mare Street 


Celebration of achievements of young people and registertion of interest for the

Hate Crime Champions Scheme and Hate Crime Forum.

Hackney Town Hall

Mare Street 

  • Friday 14 October: 10am-1pm 

Community engagement stall 

Morrisons Supermarket

47-49, Stamford Hill, N16 5TB 


Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

We all have a part to play in stamping out hate crime and antisocial behaviour in our borough. I hope that these two new projects will support all of our communities and give people the confidence to come forward if they see or hear either a hate crime or incident. It is really important that these incidents are reported, so we can protect our residents and ensure it doesn’t happen again. If you would like to support the work we are doing to tackle hate crime and become one of our Hate Crime Champions or join our Hate Crime forum please get in touch. Hate crimes can be very damaging to a person’s quality of life and we don’t want anyone to suffer in silence.

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Cllr Joseph Ogundemuren, Hate Crime Champion for the Council, added: “Although we each have our unique differences, there is more we have in common that can unite all communities in Hackney. Please join us in our zero tolerance and eradication of hate crime.”