Bor­ough to cel­e­brate di­ver­sity and equal­ity

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ @JMacD1988

HALTON Against Hate, which cel­e­brates di­ver­sity in the bor­ough, will re­turn later this month.

Stem­ming from an idea by Halton Youth Cab­i­net, the event is now in its sec­ond year.

It will be held on Thursday, Oc­to­ber 26, from 11am to 3pm.

The event seeks to cel­e­brate equal­ity as well as draw at­ten­tion to hate crime and re­port­ing it.

It will take place at Green Oaks Shop­ping Cen­tre in Widnes and in­clude mu­sic, dance and per­for­mance along­side a range of speak­ers draw­ing at­ten­tion to the is­sues of the day.

There will also be stalls from a wide va­ri­ety of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Hope Not Hate, Cheshire po­lice, Cheshire Fire And Res­cue Ser­vice, GLOW LGBT+ Youth group, Halton Speak Out, Uni­son and many more.

The event has been sup­ported by Halton Bor­ough Coun­cil and Uni­son and a wide range of groups across Halton and be­yond, have con­trib­uted to the plan­ning and de­liv­ery of the day.

Halton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies, Cllr Tom McIn­er­ney, said: “It would be bril­liant if you could find some time on the day to pop down to Green Oaks help send a mes­sage that there’s no home for hate ● in Halton. It is com­mend­able that young peo­ple want to or­gan­ise such an event.

It was a great suc­cess last year, let’s en­cour­age the whole com­mu­nity to sup­port it.”

Halton’s Mem­ber Of Youth Par­lia­ment (MYP) Ewan Jago said: “Halton Against Hate is a cam- paign that has full sup­port from my­self as MYP as I be­lieve it is vi­tal to raise aware­ness about hate crimes and so­cial co­he­sion. It comes in an age where the youth has ac­cess to many of forms of so­cial me­dia in par­tic­u­lar, hate should never be ac­cepted any­where and is cer­tainly not con­doned by any­body within Halton Youth Cab­i­net or the UKYP.”

Young Ad­dac­tion or­gan­ises UK Youth Par- lia­ment in the bor­ough on be­half of Halton’s Chil­dren’s Trust and Halton Bor­ough Coun­cil as part of an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties for all chil­dren and young peo­ple liv­ing in Run­corn and Widnes.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Young Ad­dac­tion Halton and the UK Youth Par­lia­ment in the bor­ough con­tact Phil McClure at phil.mcclure@ad­dac­tion. or call 01928 240 406.

Halton Against Hate is in its sec­ond year and takes place on Oc­to­ber 26

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