How Can I Help?
The Sophie Foundation is about raising awareness, and whether you complete/hold a sponsored event for Sophie, or simply wear a SOPHIE wristband, you will be doing something very important.
The S.O.P.H.I.E wristbands stand for 'Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred & Intolerance Everywhere' and are available to from the official Sophie Merchandise site:
Cult make up brand Illamasqua is selling Sophie Eyeliner to raise essential funds so we can continue with our crucial work of educating and campaigning for change.
Your ongoing support and donations are greatly appreciated - we could not function without YOU !!
How Will My Donation Be Spent
The charity is not funded by national or local government to deliver our important work. All donations are used to further the work of the charity and fulfill its aims and objectives.
We are a very small dedicated team led by Sylvia. There are 3 full time and 2 part time staff members. We are based in a small office and keep our overhead costs at a minimum.
We are paid to go into schools etc but often have to work unpaid to promote our work and make initial contact with the police and other professionals. We use donations to cover these costs, develop and purchase promotional materials and generally cover the costs of running the foundation. In accordance with the law we publish our accounts on the Charities Commission Website. http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1129689&SubsidiaryNumber=0
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is actively lobbying Parliament to drive a change in the hate crime legislation to support and protect sub cultures, and some funds will be used to facilitate this ongoing drive.
What Does Subculture Mean?
A Subculture is a group of people with a culture (whether distinct or hidden) that differentiates them from a larger culture to which they belong.
Groups that are described as subcultures often include:
and more ..
I've Been a Victim of Attack. How Do I Report This?
The police view any kind of physical or threatening verbal attack as very serious and have a duty to help victims.
We urge you to report any incidents or crimes you experience to your local Police on 101... This is very important as it helps the police build a picture of what is happening where you live and if they do not know what has happened to you they cannot help you or others who may also be victims.
True Vision has important information for reporting Hate crime with a field for "other" for Alternatives to use.
You can also call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111 FREE0800 555111 (UK).