Waltham Forest Council will launch a borough-wide campaign on Monday to encourage residents to unite and support each other in challenging hate.
The campaign features the faces of 40 residents who live and work in Waltham Forest, including local footballers, artists and members of the community who proactively reached out to show solidarity with victims of hate in Waltham Forest.
Over two thirds of the Waltham Forest community (69 per cent) believe that ‘hate’ is a serious issue, with nearly as many (66 per cent) having either seen or been the victim of a hate incident or crime.
A key focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the positive role everybody can play in challenging hate and to encourage residents to report to Stop Hate UK instances of hate that fall both above and beneath the criminal threshold, and in doing so help victims to access support.
Partnering with Leyton Orient
The Council has entered a partnership with Leyton Orient FC to launch the campaign and work together in the long term to challenge hate. O’s players Ruel Sotiriou, Ouss Cissé, Joe Widdowson and Dan Kemp all feature in the outdoor campaign.
The club will have a dedicated fixture for the campaign on Easter Monday, 5th April – as we host Walsall at the Breyer Group Stadium.
The squad will warm up in bespoke t-shirts, and some will be available for a giveaway soon after – so keep your eyes peeled on club channels.
For more information on the No Space for Hate programme and to pledge your support visit walthamforest.gov.uk/nospaceforhate