Youngsters help Merton mark hate crime awareness anniversary

Cllr Joan Henry, Mayor of Merton, with the winning and other entries for the poster competition

Tomorrow (3 December) marks a year since the launch of the 24/7 Stop Hate UK telephone helpline in Merton for all those who are directly affected by or a witness to hate crime to report incidents and receive support, advice and guidance.

It was launched on this date to coincide with International Day of Persons with Disability, as we know that this form of hate crime along with many others is underreported.

To mark this occasion, Safer Merton in conjunction with Stop Hate UK, launched a poster competition in Merton schools asking young people to design a poster to promote the Stop Hate helpline in Merton.

Ruby Jemmett-Higgins’ poster

The Mayor of Merton was pleased to judge the competition entries and announce the winners: Yin Leung (seven), Arwin Jai Jakkula (seven) and Ruby Jemmett-Higgins (10).

Arwin Jai Jakkula’s poster

The competition winners will receive a book voucher and alongside the other entrants have been invited to have tea with the Mayor to talk about their competition entries.

Yin Leung’s poster

The Stop Hate Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 138 1625. The helpline is also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email to talk@stophateuk.org.

British Sign Language (BSL) users can report via the interactive BSL link on our website www.stophateuk.org. Victims and witnesses can also chat on the web or fill in an online form by visiting www.stophateuk.org/talk.

People can contact the Stop Hate Line anonymously if they prefer. Where someone has chosen to give their personal details to Stop Hate UK, their trained staff and volunteers will ask who they want their details to be shared with.

The charity can also share information with the police and council, with consent, to ensure that those affected by hate crime, in any way, can access the support they need.

For more information on hate crime in Merton see: https://www.merton.gov.uk/communities-and-neighbourhoods/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/hate-crime