Stop Hate UK

James Gibbs, Hate Crime Advocate, tell us about Stop Hate UK.

Describe Stop Hate UK in a paragraph
Stop Hate UK is the leading national organisation working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.

Stop Hate UK is based in Leeds, but operates nationally.

What is the background to Stop Hate UK?
Founded in 1995, it was originally a Leeds based organisation, created to tackle Race Hate Crime. From 2006 it became a nationwide organisation to tackle all kinds of hate crime, under a new name of Stop Hate UK.

The aim of Stop Hate UK is to raise awareness and understanding of discrimination and Hate Crime, encouraging its reporting, and supporting the individuals and communities it affects.

There are five main types of Hate Crime: Disability, Gender Identify, Race, Religion and Sexual Orientation (hence the logo of the organisation is a hand with each digit representing a type of hate crime).

What services does Stop Hate UK provide?
The main service is a free 24 hour helpline.

We also offer a range of other services including training, education and consultancy, connections with the Police and an advocacy service in Leeds making sure people receive the right support and the right information.

  • Free 24 hour Helpline – 0800 138 1625
  • Support for victims and the family and friends of the victim Raising general
  • awareness and understanding of Hate Crimes
  • Training for staff and volunteers
  • Connections with the police
  • Advocacy

Staff and Volunteers

  • Rose Simkins | Chief Executive
  • James Gibbs | Hate Crime Advocate
  • Andrew Bolland | Partnership management
  • Duncan Wells | Helpline Coordinator
  • Ian Davey | Statistics
  • Team of Operators
  • Team of Volunteers

The best thing about working at Stop Hate UK?
The fact that everyone chips in and works together and the overall high level of engagement that they all have.

What is the most challenging thing about working at Stop Hate UK?
Dealing with the cases which are very emotional or close to the heart and also not being able to help some people due to it not being in Stop Hate UK’s power.

If you had a super-power what would it be and why?
To have a supernaturally good memory.

If you could give someone you know an award, who would it be and why would they deserve it?
Andrew, for being so dedicated to the organisation and being such a good all round help.


February 2014