How Suffolk is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

What is #NHCAW?

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#NHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The week of action takes place between the second to third Saturday in October each year. It aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

Hate crime social media graphic (2)Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police are working hard to provide a quality service to victims, their families and the wider community. We work alongside key partners, and communities affected by hate crime to tackle local hate crime issues.

Suffolk has an active Hate Crime Network which brings together a wide range of partners to help support a shared vision of raising awareness of hate crime, encouraging reporting and preventing and challenging prejudices that can lead to acts of hate crime.

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During this week we will be spreading a message of H.O.P.E.

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Further information on hate crime and where to seek help can be found at:

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/community-and-safety/crime-and-public-safety/suffolk-hate-crime/

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/about-us/our-policies/hate-crime


Some of the activities happening in Suffolk during the week, and ways in which you can support hate crime awareness week, include:

 

Suffolk Hate Crime Vigil 2018
Monday 15 October 2018 18:30pm at St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS
Everyone welcome – no need to book
Contact: Suffolk.hatecrimevigil@gmail.com

FREE e-learning training for partners to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how it effects communities. Over 200 people have already completed this training – we would love it if even more people could complete it during the week!!
Visit: https://suffolk.melearning.university/course_centre

Development of hate crime partnership training: The hate crime network have been successful in receiving a grant from Suffolk Community Foundation, through Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fund, to develop and deliver hate crime partnership training. Further developments will be made around releasing this training during the week.

Phoenix Rising, in partnership with Realise Futures, will be delivering workshops across the county to raise awareness of Hate Crime, its impact, how/where to report it and understanding the consequences of Hate Crime.
Contact: Ria Towill – raphoenixrising@outlook.com

Our diverse communities coordinators will also be involved this week.  Below are 3 of the meetings/events. There may be more, if so, we will post them here.

Migrant drop in
Run by Gyros – Volunteering matters
15/10/18 at 1000hrs Ginny Shoesmith
Syrian family resettlement group input. Suffolk Refugee support 15/10/18 at 1500hrs Ginny Shoesmith

 

Ladies group input International Women’s group
Run by Suffolk Refugee Support

17/10/18

Ginny Shoesmith

 

 

For further information on hate crime or hate crime awareness week please contact: Charlotte.Sanderson@suffolk.gov.uk

 

 

Be Prepared, Take Care and Stay Safe this Christmas

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and NHS tells us that last year winter was difficult for the health system across England, and Suffolk was no exception. For years health systems have seen increasing numbers of people who are living better for longer. This also means there are more people with several long term conditions.

There are a number of things you can do, or help someone you care for to do, to ensure that you don’t get caught out this winter:

  • Be prepared – stock up with cold remedies, pain killers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, stave off upset stomachs with anti-diarrhoea and rehydration mixtures, and keep plasters and bandages on hand for any cuts or scrapes.
  • Check your smoke alarms – with the Christmas preparations in full swing, don’t forget to ensure that your smoke alarms are in working order.
  • Get a flu vaccination – it will keep you from having a long recovery from this nasty illness, so book an appointment to get one if you haven’t already. People aged 65 or over, or have a long-term health condition or are pregnant are entitled to a free jab.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly – for the time it takes you to sing happy birthday through twice, use hot water and soap to wash away all kinds of viruses from colds and diarrhoea to so much more.
  • Seek help from your pharmacist – they are qualified health professionals who can advise on everything from a cold to long-term conditions.  This is often the best and quickest way to get well. Your pharmacist will let you know if a GP appointment is required. Pharmacies are one of the most accessible sources of advice, with many open long hours incl. evenings and weekends. Here are the Norfolk and Suffolk christmas-and-new-year-pharmacy-opening-times
  • Eat well and drink at least eight cups of fluids a day – it keeps your brain and body working well.
  • Keep your home warm – By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18° – 21°C or 64°- 70°F) you can keep you well, especially avoiding chest infections. If you have a disability, are over 65 or live with children aged under 5 ring this local rate number for free advice on heating your home. 03456 037 686
  • Not feeling well – If you are unsure if you need urgent or emergency care, please call NHS 111 – trained professionals are on hand to guide you.
  • Beat the winter blues – talk to someone. Talk about your anxieties with someone else, a friend, relative or a group such as the Samaritans. Talking about the things that are worrying you can make a big difference. It is easy to get help from the Suffolk Wellbeing Service too. This is a free NHS service, suitable for people aged 16 + living in Suffolk. You can phone them on 0300 123 1781 or refer yourself via their website.

Do you have any Elderly and Vulnerable Neighbours?

Are you able to spend a few minutes to ensure that: On their own

  • they are not alone all the time
  • their paths are clear of snow and ice
  • they have plenty of food in
  • they are warm enough
  • they have sufficient medication to get through the holiday period
  • if they can use the internet, that they know where to look for information and support

Further information and support over the Christmas and New Year Period

Visiting friends and family this Christmas, or just venturing out, keep up to date with the latest road, rail and weather news.

 

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