Challenge North Staffs are currently working from home and are still accepting referrals to support victims of Hate Crime.

Below are links to some important information pages from ‘Hope Not Hate’ and ‘True Vision’ that explain the link of COVID-19 and Hate Crime. There are also translation videos.





CNS team

Challenge North Staffs team

Challenge North Staffs (CNS) is a Hate Crime Project working in the North Staffordshire area, which includes:

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Staffordshire Moorlands

CNS is part of Staffordshire North and Stoke Citizens Advice Bureau.

We work in partnership with a number of organisations. For a full list of our partners please click here.

We try to reduce, raise awareness of and prevent  hate incidents by supporting victims to get the solution they want, where possible.  We encourage people to report incidents to the relevant authorities and we also record incidents ourselves so that we can evidence what types of hate crime and incidents are occurring, and the location etc. Only by working with other agencies (with the permission of the victim) can we  work towards ending hate incidents and properly support victims who have been affected .

Anyone who witnesses or is a victim of such an incident can be referred to CNS. We can also provide more information including leaflets and posters if you contact us.


Important Information:

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is on 15th June, the purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.”

Please visit the below link if you need information on how to report abuse:



What is a Hate Incident?

A hate incident is any incident where the victim or any other person thinks that it is motivated by prejudice or hate because of the victim’s actual or perceived:

  • Race, Colour, Ethnic Origin, Nationality, National Origin
  • Religion, Belief, Faith
  • Gender or Sexual Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Age

Hate incidents can include the following:

  • Graffitti
  • Antisocial Behaviour
  • Assault
  • Threats
  • Theft
  • Abusive Phone Calls
  • Disputes
  • Harassment
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Hate Mail
  • Damage to property
  • Arson

If any of the above have happened to you , then please contact us through this website.


Extra Information:

If you would like our Caseworkers to come to a local community, youth, social group, club or school etc. to give a workshop/talk on hate crime and how to report, please email us on cns@snscab.org.uk


Working Definition of Antisemitism:

Challenge North Staffs have been in contact with Shahzad Tahir (Community Cohesion Manager for Stoke on Trent City Council) discussing Antisemitism.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have adopted the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism to show their commitment to the Jewish community but also strengthen their wider efforts to tackle intolerance and extremism in all its forms.

Challenge North Staffs have thus also taken on this definition and recognise the importance of acknowledging the current climate for the Jewish community. We work towards creating a safe space for people to come forward and report acts of Antisemitism along with tackling the societal ignorance of Jewish history/traditions and the lack of knowledge as to what acts are classed as antisemitic.