Current Events

Stoke on Trent Pride 07/082021

Our lovely boss Jude and one of our caseworkers Ruby set off to Pride on 7th August to spread the word about our Hate Crime service.

We spoke to some lovely people and had the most vibrant fun time!

It was a little rainy but the turn out was amazing, thank you to everyone who stopped at our stand to chat. We hope that you contact us if you ever need support in the future.


Refugee Week (14 – 20th June)

The theme for this year is “We Cannot Walk Alone”.

We ask you to extend your hand to someone new. Someone who is outside your current circle, has had an experience you haven’t, or is fighting for a cause you aren’t yet involved in.

This week of events builds up to World Refugee Day on 20 June.

If you would like to get involved please click the below link to check out the ‘Events Calendar’ for your local area:

Learning Disability Awareness Week (14 – 20th June)

Along with Refugee week, we also have Learning Disability Awareness Week. The theme this year will be art and creativity.

Please click the link the see how you can support and get involved:

Additionally, Stoke on Trent City Council are carrying out a ‘life course strategy for people with learning disabilities’. Click the below link to find out more about the plan and their aims for doing so:

If you or someone you know think they may have been subject to a Hate Crime due to a learning disability, give us a call OR fill out a report on or website and we will call you to have a chat and see how we can support you.

PRIDE 2021

Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots and it continues to be a colourful recognition of all those who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

We believe that Challenge North Staffs are LGBTQ+ allies and some of our team members are part of the community themselves. We aim to embrace diversity and challenge hateful tradition when we stand by your side to support you as a victim of Hate Crime.

For more information about the history of Pride month and how to celebrate click the link below:

Finally, Citizens Advice have published a guide with details of all of our activities for the month. We’ve got lots of exciting things planned. On Monday 21 June, 3 – 3:30pm, the Customer Journey team will be hosting an event to share how they updated our advice content for transgender people, by ensuring that trans and non-binary people were included at every stage of the process. 

Stoke on Trent PRIDE will be held at Hanley Park on 7th August

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia 2021

This important event takes place on 17th May.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisations decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

 It’s now celebrated in more than 130 countries globally. This includes 37 countries where same-sex acts are illegal! 

If you want to find out more about this day and how you can contribute

please check out the below links:

Stephen Laurence Day 22/04/21

The Story of Stephen Lawrence

13 SEPTEMBER 1974 – Stephen Lawrence is born.

Stephen Lawrence Childhood

Loved by his family and friends, Stephen dreamed of becoming an architect. 

22 April 1993 – Stephen Lawrence murdered.

Stephen Lawrence is killed in an unprovoked racist attack.

06 May 1993 – The Lawrence family meet Nelson Mandela.

nelson mandela doreen lawrence

On the 6 May 1993 Nelson Mandela at his own request met with Doreen and Neville. Without that meeting and the publicity it brought we might not be gathered in this church today.

So it is fitting on this occasion to recall his words:

‘I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’

September 1994 – A private prosecution is launched.

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A private prosecution is launched by Stephen’s parents against three suspects. It fails in April 1996.

July 1997 – A public enquiry is announced.

A public enquiry is announced to look into the killing and subsequent police investigation.

February 1999 – Macpherson report published.

It accuses the Metropolitan Police of institutional racism and makes 70 recommendations, many aimed at improving police attitudes to racism.

April 2005 – Double jeopardy is scrapped.

The legal principle prevented suspects being tried twice for the same crime.

February 2008 – Memorial opens

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Doreen Lawrence opens the £10m Stephen Lawrence Centre in honour of her son.

November 2011 – Trial begins.

The trial of Gary Dobson and David Norris begins at the Old Bailey. Both men are found guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence and are given life sentences.

22 April 2018 – National day announced.

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National day announced by Prime Minister Theresa May to commemorate Stephen Lawrence’s life. Stephen Lawrence Day will be celebrated every year on 22 April.

At Challenge North Staffs we hold the same values as Stephen Lawrence Day as it is about building a fairer and more inclusive society, but that can only happen when we treat everyone with fairness and respect.

To get involved and find out more information please click the below “Home” link and do your part. Thank you.

International Women’s Day (08/03/21)

When supporting victims of Hate Crime we always have in mind the 6 protected characteristics which individuals have. One of these is gender.

Research has found that calls to helplines have increased five-fold in some countries as rates of reported intimate partner violence increase because of COVID-19. Restricted movement, social isolation, and economic insecurity are increasing women’s vulnerability to violence in the home around the world [2].

Further, by September 2020, 48 countries had integrated prevention and response to violence against women and girls into COVID-19 response plans, and 121 countries had adopted measures to strengthen services for women survivors of violence during the global crisis, but more efforts are urgently needed [3].

The few of many reasons above are why we need to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) by looking at the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Run annually on March 8, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

One of the most powerful ways groups can support International Women’s Day is by championing their own #ChooseToChallenge campaign within their communities, networks, organizations, and groups.

Each year an annual IWD campaign theme is celebrated and continues all year long to unify direction and galvanize activity by providing a meaningful framework to connect and amplify action.

Baroness Helena Kennedy is currently championing the idea that Misogyny should be classified as a Hate Crime. While a working definition of misogyny is for the Scottish government to deliberate, Kennedy suggests it should target conduct like street harassment, sexual bullying in the workplace and online abuse of women in public life.

An organisation called Citizens UK have also promoted this idea and at Challenge North Staffs we also see why this change in law could make a difference. Please click the below link to find out more about Misogyny as a Hate Crime and how Citizens UK are challenging hate:

Finally, our caseworkers at Challenge North Staffs aims to embrace diversity and challenge discriminatory behaviour when supporting victims of Hate Crime. We always have gender at the forefront of our mind when a victim comes to us for help.

If you want to find out more about how you can support IWD, please click the link below, we would greatly appreciate it:

LGBTQ+ History Month

At Challenge North Staffs we are advocates for LGBTQ+ lives all year round, but for the month of February we especially celebrate and recognise the struggles that LGBTQ+ individuals are faced with.

LGBT+ History Month was initiated in the UK by Schools Out UK and first took place in February 2005. The event is intended to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, LGBT people and history.

To find out more please click on the below link where you will find resources and more information on how to support LGBTQ+ History Month.

Have you or your family been affected by Windrush?

(Click the below link to find out more)

WHT Community Event Poster – 17.11.20

Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought some crucial issues including UK police brutality/ abuse of powers, as well as racial discrimination at all levels, into the forefront of public discourse. It is important for us to reflect on how we, as CNS, can make black and minority ethnicity clients feel welcome and comfortable to use our services and disclose sensitive information.

We think of ourselves as an organisation committed to celebrating diversity and challenging discrimination, but there is always time for reflection. It is important that we always strive to make our service even more accessible and suitable for a diverse range of clients, and recognise where we could be doing better on this front.

A crucial point we want to make clear is the importance of reporting Hate Crimes in these times of tension and we want to make that as easy and comfortable as possible for our local black community.


Below are some important links from our partner agencies which offer more information on the Black Lives Matter movement:

Hope Not Hate:

National Police Chiefs Council:

Staffordshire Police:

The Sentinel:

Asylum Matters:

Asylum Matters have stated some points which help to encourage important and challenging conversations about race, privilege and justice in the charity sector and beyond:

Finally, please check out the Black Lives Matter Movement website for more ways you can help and for more information about the issues being faced.