Sheffield Safe Places bring awareness to Hate Crime

A scheme to make victims of hate crime feel safe has been widened in Sheffield as part of a National campaign to tackle hate crime.

Sheffield Safe Places is an organisation providing help for adults in difficult situations whilst out and about by locating a designated safe place. Once a safe place is located, such as a library, trained staff are able to reassure them and contact their chosen guardian .

David Lovett from Disability Sheffield, said: “Sheffield Places has helped me a lot to speak up for myself and for my rights”.

There is a pop up stand at the Moor Market which is run by Sheffield Safe Places and Sheffield voices, providing support and advice for sufferers. A tapestry has been created, encouraging people to take part in sharing their experiences.

Andrew Smith, from Sheffield Voices, said: “It’s nice to see events like this happening, making sure that people are aware that it is happening.

This is the second year that the campaign has active in Sheffield and has received a great response from the public.

Saskia Peet, a member of Sheffield Safe Places, said: “If you don’t know someone who its happening too, it can easily be overlooked. However, since working with Sheffield Safe Places it has made me realise the full scale of hate crime and the need for support.”

If you are affected by hate crime, you can contact Stop Hate UK to receive support.

Hannah Boakye

A journalism student at the Univeristy of Sheffield.

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