Survey of UK disability hate crime projects

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The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has launched a survey that aims to map the current hate crime initiatives around the UK. We know that there are lots of different schemes and projects happening out there – for example, disability awareness training in schools; third party reporting sites; safe places schemes; helping people to have a circle of support and developing training to educate people with learning disabilities. We want to gather evidence of good practice and effective programmes which either reduce incidences of hate crime or support people with learning disabilities who have experienced these issues.

If you run such a scheme, we would be really grateful if you could complete the survey. If you don’t we would really appreciate it if you can pass this email on to your various networks.

The deadline is April 29th.

If you would like to find out more about the survey please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time.

Jill Davies

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Sustainable Travel in Lambeth

Sustainable Travel in Lambeth

This morning I had an exciting meeting with Suzy Harrison and Leena Khatri from the Sustainable Travel team at Lambeth Council. They are interested in working with communities affected by hate crime in the borough and we agreed that it would be an excellent idea to promote their work through the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog.

Here are some of cycling schemes that I learnt about today;

Cycle Training in Lambeth

Lambeth Council is number 1 for cycle training delivery across London and we still have room to train more people. Our cycle training provider Cycle Confident will tailor the training to your ability so if you are a complete beginner they will meet you at your nearest park and go through the very basics, making sure you are up and riding in the first lesson. If you are a regular cyclist but would like some advanced riding skills such as tackling multi-lane traffic along with route guidance then the expert rider will be able to take you through give you this knowledge. The one-to-one training covers every ability in between If you would prefer to learn in a group we offer group training sessions on Clapham Common where you can make some like minded friends. You can check out all the offers from Cycle Confident on their website.

Try Before You Bike scheme

Don’t forget if you don’t have a bike but would like to try one out then you can sign up to Try Before You Bike and borrow a bike for 4 weeks. We will sign you up for some training in your first couple of weeks so that you start off with good habits and offer you lots of support along the way. There are pick up points at the north of the borough and the south, so this is a really great way to see how a bike can fit into your lifestyle.

You are already aware that cycling is good for your health both physically and mentally, helps improve air pollution and saves you time and money in the process. So what are you waiting for?

Doctor Bike events

Lambeth’s professional bike mechanics set up stations around Lambeth offering free cycle maintenance checks and advice. You can find out where Dr Bike events are taking place on the Lambeth Council website here.

Ideas for cycling events in Lambeth 2016+

The sustainable travel team are keen to work with communities affected by hate crime in Lambeth, a couple of ideas mentioned include organising an LGBT History Month Bike Ride next year, and possibly an Inter faith Bike Ride later this year. We talked about the range of community events that take place throughout the year and how sustainable travel could possibly tie in with these events. We might even be able to organise these as fundraising events to help generate some funds to support some of the hate crime work that is being done by organisations and community groups in the borough.

At the end of the meeting it was agreed that Suzy and Leena will be getting in touch with some of the organisations and community groups already promoted by the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog to see how we can all work together. Sounds like the beginning of some great ideas and opportunities in Lambeth!

Follow Lambeth Sustainabletavel on Facebook and on Twitter @Lambethsustrans here!

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Successful Interfaith breakfast at Stockwell Green Muslim Centre

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Stockwell Green Muslim Centre

Approximately thirty people from various backgrounds and faiths gathered at Stockwell Green Mosque this morning for an Interfaith Harmony Breakfast – as event inspired by the United Nation’s World Harmony Week that takes place during the first week of February each year.

The event was hosted by the Stockwell Green Muslim Centre and the Forum for International Relations Development – and promoted by Faith’s Together in Lambeth.

Guests started arriving after 8am. People chatted, caught up with friends, and helped themselves to the fine selection of food and drinks that was laid on by the Mosque.

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We sat in a huge round circle to listen to speeches about the inter faith work that has been taking place in the borough. The local Imman opened the event, followed by Toah Quershi MBE (Forum for International Relations Development), Alan Glad (Faiths Together in Lambeth), Catriona Robertson (South London Interfaith Group), and Lance (Metropolitan Police Service – Lambeth Community Liaison Officer) amongst other speakers.

Interfaith Breakfast

The World Interfaith Harmony Week

Annual UN Observance Week: Feb. 1-7

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.

The World Interfaith Harmony Weekprovides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves. This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.

It is hoped that this initiative will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.

More information available on the World Interfaith Harmony Week website.

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Hate Crime stall tours Lambeth Libraries for LGBT History Month


Mark Healey, Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator will be touring Lambeth Libraries with the Lambeth Hate Crime Stall during February to mark LGBT History Month.

AM visits will take place between 10 am to 12 noon, and PM visits will take place between 2 pm to 4pm.

  • Tue 2nd PM Upper Norwood
  • Wed 3rd PM Tate South Lambeth
  • Mon 15th PM Waterloo Library
  • Tue 16th PM Minet Library
  • Wed 17th PM Brixton Library
  • Thu 18th AM Streatham
  • Fri 19th PM Durning Library
  • Mon 22nd PM Carnegie Library
  • Wed 24th AM West Norwood
  • Mon 29th PM Clapham Library

Mark will be on hand to chat to people using the libraries and hand out Lambeth Hate Crime Reporting Cards sponsored by 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign. The cards promote reporting routes in Lambeth.

Lambeth has the second highest level of ‘reported’ homophobic hate crime in London, second only to Westminster.

In the first three quarters of this year (April to December 2015) 130 homophobic offences were reported in Lambeth compared to 113 reported during the same period last year. An increase in reporting by +15% based on figures supplied by the London LGBT Advisory Group who obtain the monthly homophobic hate crime reporting stats from the Metropolitan Police Service.

It may sound odd to welcome an increase of 15% in reported homophobic hate crime figures but this reflects the positive work that is being done to encourage the LGBT community to come forward and report their experiences. This is vital if we are going to pin point exactly where hate crime is taking place in the borough in order to prevent further incidents from happening, which is our overall aim.

This ties in with the hate crime reporting campaign being run throughout the UK by the National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership. A recent study by Chakaborti and Hardy indicate that only 1 in 10 homophobic hate crimes gets reported – something we need to change.

The fact is we know that hate crime is still massively under-reported so we need to work closely with the police and the communities affected by hate crime to do what we can to prevent hate crime happening. When it does happen we need to encourage people to report it so we can deal with it and provide them with access to the advice and support that is available.

We work closely with Galop and the Metro Charity who provide independent advice and support to people who have experienced Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic hate crime.

We also need to improve our operational response to make sure we deal with every incident as best we can. We all have our parts to play – eliminating all forms of hate crime in our communities

More information about Reporting Routes and Resources can be found on the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog.

For regular updates about the Lambeth LGBT Community like the Lambeth LGBT page on Facebook which is run in partnership with the Lambeth LGBT Community Network, Lambeth Staff LGBT Network (on Yammer) and London LGBT.


The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

This is done by:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

This year the theme is Religion, Belief and Philosophy. In 2017 LGBT History Month will look at Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

Schools OUT United Kingdom is registered in England as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (no. 1156352). Address: BM Schools Out, London WC1N 3XX

More information is available on the LGBT History Website.

LGBT History Month Website

Resources are also available here.

LGBT History Month Resources

If you are organising an event for LGBT History Month then make sure you register it with them so details can be included in their Event Calendar.

LGBT History Month Event Calendar

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Metro advertise LGBT IDVA role

Metro are looking for a skilled, committed, motivated and outgoing person to provide a specialist LGBT IDVA service across south London.

This role is part of a wider MOPAC funded initiative to increase IDVA support, and is delivered across south London in a partnership led by Victim Support.

Employed by METRO, this role will compliment our domestic abuse work by providing a high quality front line service to high risk LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse and domestic violence, and to provide a high-quality frontline service to high risk victims of domestic abuse.

You will work within a multi-agency framework consisting of the MARAC and local partnership responses to domestic abuse and engage local statutory and voluntary organisations, local LGBT resident and LGBT groups to raise awareness of LGBT domestic abuse and domestic violence with the aim of increasing referrals in to the service.

Application Deadline: 9:00am Monday 18th January 2016

Download the LGBT IDVA Application Pack

More information, application forms and monitoring forms can be downloaded from the Metro vacancies page Good luck!

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Really excited to see this post being advertised in Lambeth;


21 hours per week

Salary £15,600 per annum (inclusive of Inner London Weighting) for 21 hours

DASL is an established Disabled People’s Organisation providing a range of advice, information, professional advocacy, Personal Budgets support and peer support services to disabled people, and also to older people and carers, in Lambeth.

We chair the Lambeth Disability Hate Crime Partnership, a multi-agency group which works to increase awareness of hate crime against disabled people and to improve the support and services available to victims.

Trust for London has awarded DASL a two year grant to enable the Partnership to further develop its work. A key part of the project will be a new part-time advocacy and outreach post to work one-to-one with disabled people who experience hate crime and harassment. The advocate will be employed and managed by DASL but will work closely with all the members of the Partnership and with other key organisations and services.

We are looking for someone with experience of providing advocacy or other forms of casework / personalised support to disabled people. You must be able to work supportively and sensitively with a wide range of disabled clients but also be confident to deal effectively with the police, local authority and other agencies and to deliver talks and presentations to a variety of audiences through your outreach role.

For an application pack or to find out more about this job please contact:

David Strong, Director

DASL, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA

Telephone: 020 7642 0040

Mobile: 07432 714680


or visit DASL’s website at to download the application pack and forms.

Closing date: Monday 1st February 2016 (5pm)

Interviews: Week commencing 8th February (date/s to be confirmed)

DASL is an Equal Opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and particularly from disabled people. Our premises are fully accessible.

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Buddhist Meditation: Lecture

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This Sunday, 10 January, the London Diamond Way Buddhist centre is pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Diamond Way teacher Ewa Kaźmierczak. The topic will be Buddhist Meditation.

What is the goal of Buddhist meditation? And can anyone do it? Find out what benefits a regular meditation practice can bring, and learn how to meditate in this lecture, which will be followed by a guided meditation.

Time: 2pm

If you’re one of those people who’ve resolved to learn something new this year, or to start the habit of meditation, why not come along?

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Buddhist meditation in the heart of London

The new home for Diamond Way Buddhism in London is now open! We offer Buddhist meditation classes, talks about Buddhism, and special events. The Buddhist centre is located in the beautiful Beaufoy building in central London, a short walk from the Thames.

Buddhist meditation for beginners

Come along on a Thursday to our Buddhist meditation classes (doors open 7pm; start at 7:30 sharp). The interest in Buddhism in London is growing all the time, and our regular Buddhist meditation classes have proven popular with busy Londoners who want to integrate authentic Buddhist methods into their daily lives. For the modern lay person who is juggling work, relationships, and an active role in society, we teach a guided meditation practice that is at once profound and powerful enough for experienced practitioners, and easy to learn for beginners.

Buddhist meditation develops our enlightened inner qualities, the same qualities shown so impressively by Buddhas and liberated teachers, which we in fact already possess. Fearlessness, joy, and active compassion are the result of regular practice of Buddhist meditation.

Our meditation classes are free; the Buddhist centre is sustained by donations.

Visit our London Buddhist Centre

The London Diamond Way Buddhist Meditation Centre is open to the public every Thursday evening at 7pm for guided Buddhist meditation classes and at other times for special events. Our London Buddhist Centre has relocated to Lambeth from our old home in Holborn. The meditation centre can be found at:

London Diamond Way Buddhist Meditation Centre

The Beaufoy, 39 Black Prince Road London, Kennington, SE11 6JJ
Tel: 020 7587 1718

Directions from public transport, from abroad, as well as a map can be found on our Address & directions page.

Or you can visit the Google Maps page for our London Buddhist centre to get personalised directions on foot or by public transport, or add the centre to your GPS device or smartphone here:
London Diamond Way Buddhist Meditation Centre GPS Map

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