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No Place for Hate in St Helens Borough

Article date - 23 June 2020

We want St Helens to be a place where everyone can be themselves.
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St Helens Borough Council Leader, Councillor David Baines, said: "Our #BetterThanThat campaign has been raising awareness of hate crime in recent years, and we believe everyone should be free to be themselves, without fear of discrimination of any kind. The campaign invites people to make a simple online promise to support and promote equality, to tackle hate crime when it is safe to do so.

“We have all witnessed the rightful anger and sadness shaking the world over the death of George Floyd, which has led to protests in the US and here in the UK too. We can’t pretend racism isn’t a problem here and we all need to be mindful of the positive differences we can make to tackle it.

“As an organisation and the biggest public service in the borough, we can play a vital role in making St Helens Borough a happy and safe place to live and work."

Use your voice to make a difference - here are some actions you can take:

Got two minutes to spare?

Make a #BetterThanThat promise – the more signatures we receive, the louder the noise we make about equality and diversity in St Helens Borough.

Five minutes?

When you sign the pledge you will be directed to a social media image, please share the social media image to your Facebook or Twitter. 

Six minutes?

Share it to both! 

Or a bit longer?

Print off a promise sheet and write on the reasons why you are #BetterThanThat and take a photo to tell the world on Facebook or Twitter – don’t forget to hashtag #BetterThanThat #StHelens #NoPlace4h8 and tag us @sthelenscouncil

You can also send your photo through to communications@sthelens.gov.uk to help us spread love not hate - we will promote your positive support messages using our available communications channels.

Could you spare more time?

Please consider becoming a #BetterThanThat campaign champion! We would love for you to support our campaign at a local level – whether that be with your team, in the community, at work, online or on social media – to help ensure we reach as many people as possible and to give a voice to people affected by hate crime. 

For more information, please contact Bev Jonkers, Neighbourhood Support Officer at beverleyjonkers@sthelens.gov.uk.

You could start by downloading our poster – email it to your contacts, and encourage them to make a pledge too! 

For further information about hate crime and the #BetterThanThat movement visit: www.safer.sthelens.gov.uk/crime-types/hate-crime/