HOPE not hate exists to build communities and celebrate shared identities. But how do we achieve that? If we had to divide our work, we could say there are four areas of work we undertake.  What is crucial to our effectiveness as an organisation is the way they mesh together, and build on each other in order to be more effective.  

Listening -  the research we do make sure our approach is relevant

Organising - the work we do in communities

Engaging - how we empower and enable people to engage in the democratic process

Educating - the difference we are making in schools through our Education Unit

Listening

How do we work out where tensions are rising, or where there are issues we are equipped to help address? How do we find the messages that resonate with people and shape the conversation?

Our multi-faceted research team constantly monitors the hate groups in today’s Britain, but we also undertake powerful in-depth research which informs our work on the ground. Our Fear and HOPE surveys offer one of the most comprehensive insights into identity in modern Britain, and our National Conversation on Immigration project engages the public in policymaking and allows us to map attitudes to immigration across the country.

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Organising

Community organising is all about listening to the real needs of communities, and understanding the root causes that lead to community tensions. HOPE not hate has a proven track record of working with individuals and natural leaders (even if they don’t give themselves that title) in communities to make positive change.  Whether in the West Midlands, the Welsh Valleys or South Yorkshire, we work in some of the hardest to reach areas in Britain.

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Engaging

Many communities feel powerless and cut off from politics. Helping disengaged communities have their voices heard is central to our work. HOPE not hate is one of the leading organisations ensuring underrepresented and disenfranchised individuals and communities are engaged in the democratic process. That might be young people and students, or those living in private rented accommodation, who have been affected by rule changes to voter registration.  It might be those from BAME, migrant and faith groups with lower than average voter engagement, or it might be white working class voters from "left behind" estates who have lost faith in local and national politics. HOPE not hate organises and mobilises those most in need of a voice.

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Educating

We work with schools to train teachers and with students to challenge prejudice. The anti-racism work we deliver in schools stems from the Education Unit having grown out of a community organising approach. Our aim is not just to educate students on racism, but also to be a catalyst towards positive behavioural change in schools across England and Wales, which can act as a springboard towards a more inclusive society. The overarching aim of the Unit is to enable students to have a holistic understanding of how discrimination works, both in manifestation and in its continuation, and to challenge them on how they can play a role in breaking it.

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