Just Announced! SOPHIE Holds The World's First Alternative Hate Crime Conference
Written by Kate   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:10


A Holistic Approach For 2014

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is proud to announce the first Alternative Hate Crime Conference focusing on partnership working in education, police and justice.

We will be officially launching our Primary Educational Resource and disseminating evaluation and best practice. The conference will be held at Burnley Mechanics on 26th November 2014. 9.30 am – 4.30pm. £60 per delegate including lunch and refreshments.

Guests will have the opportunity to watch the trailer of the new BBC Black Roses film, featuring Coronation Streets Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Confirmed guest speakers include:

Professor John Grieves CBE - Independent Chair of The Government's Hate Crime Advisory Group

Mr Clive Grunshaw – Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner

ACC Garry Shewan – Greater Manchester Police

Mr Carl Gaffney – North West CPS

Ms Gena Buchan – Victim of Alternative Hate Crime

Dr Stephen Minton – Trinity College Dublin

Dr Jon Garland – University of Surrey

Ms Lisa Bennett – SLF Education Project Worker

We are inviting delegates from all relevant professions, please circulate with any of your colleagues that you think will benefit from this.

Please email to book at :

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Sylvia Lancaster OBE

Chief Executive

A note from Sophie's mum, Sylvia
Written by Sylvia Lancaster   
Saturday, 13 March 2010 21:37

Since Sophie's death on August 24th 2007, following the horrific attack on her and her partner Rob in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire, we had lots of kind offers of support and donations. Sophie and Rob dressed in their unique way, expressing their individuality as creative artistic people.

After consulting family and friends, we felt that a charity should be set up in Sophie's name. The charity, known as The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, will focus on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities.

It will also work in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals who are part of subcultures are protected by the law. In 2013 Greater Manchester Police became the first to monitor and record hate crimes and incidents againts people from Alternative Subcultures. Several other Police Authorities followed their example.

In 2014, I was honoured to be awarded an OBE for "Community Cohesion - Especially In Reduction Of Hate Crime"

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