When Hate Comes to Town

Imagine a scenario where someone is stirring up hate in your community. Maybe its just one person, maybe its an organised group. Maybe you don’t have to imagine, because it’s happening in your community right now, and it’s really vile.

You want to respond, you want to make things better, and stand up to hate. But you’re not sure how to get started, who to contact first, what will make things better, and how to make sure you don’t make things worse.

Well, the good news is you are now in the right place. Welcome to the HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust hub, When Hate Comes to Town

By the time this is all up and running, you’ll be able to find masses of content to help you out. Whether you want to come up with a project plan, find out how to get the local media involved, want to find out about a particular group that have come to your community, or want support in reporting a hate crime, we are here to help.

Take a good look around the site, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want help with anything, or to talk through the particular situation you are facing. Good luck, and we hope you find this site helpful,

The HNHCT team





Take a look around

  • How Hate Can Come to Town

    The vast majority of people are proud of the place they live, and just want to get on with their fellow residents. But sometimes, something comes along to change that. A threat to the unity of a community can come in many guises, and some are easier to spot than others. Read more

  • Defining Hate

    Not every person or organisation who is perceived to be creating disruption in a community is motivated by hate, and certainly not all community tension is instigated or inflamed by a hate group or by extremism. however, there will be times when you might find yourself faced with something which does seem to be motivated by hate. This section will take a look at how we try to define ‘hate’ and ‘extremism’. Read more

  • How to guides

    You are keen to do something proactive and positive in your communty, but you're not sure where to start. What to do first? Who to call?  Here are some pointers to get you started. Read more

  • 14-steps to challenge hate

    When hate groups come to threaten our communities, with the right strategy and tactics, it is possible to create a response that makes us stronger and more resilient. Let's take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and use tactics and strategy to turn a threat into an opportunity Read more

  • Hate Crime

    Hate Crimes are crimes committed against someone because of their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police. Here you'll find more about hate crime and lots of resources to help report hate crime and to support victims through what can be a challenging process Read more

  • Know Your Extremist Group

    You've come across a leaflet from an organisation you've not heard of before; or maybe someone has shared a link to a video you think looks a bit hateful; or maybe there's been an annoucnement of a demo in the town centre and you want to find out more about the organisers. Check out our list of some of the groups currently causing concern. Read more

  • Understanding Hate

    How do you know if what you are experiencing or seeing in your community has crossed the line into hate? What if you are seeing prejudice play out in ways that are unfamiliar to you? Here's a very brief guide to some of the manifestations of hate and prejudice in Britain today. Read more

  • Shrewsbury Mosque Application

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  • Golders Green Together

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  • Friar Park Matters

    In 2006 the British National Party (BNP) won 33% of the vote in local elections in the Sandwell ward of Friar Park. What was remarkable was that the BNP had never stood a candidate in this ward before and did not do any campaigning. Read more

  • Merthyr Tydfil 'Together Stronger'

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  • Staying Safe

    It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and so here are some tips for staying safe while working in communities. These are some basic guidelines for online and offline safety. Read more

  • Bradford Together

    In 2010 the EDL made plans to hold their biggest ever demo in Bradford, a city still recovering its sense of self after the 2001 riots. Here's a 'long read' on how thie City responded, and was left stronger and prouder as a result. Read more

  • Judy's Story: Why I'm passionate about Interfaith Work

    In 2017 a small but vociferous group got together to protest the establishment of a new mosque in Golders Green, northwest London. Here’s Judy’s story of how that campaign unexpectedly changed her life… Read more