Real Day of Peace to combat disability hate crime in Tower Hamlets on 21st September

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Real Day of Peace to combat disability hate crime in Tower Hamlets on 21st September


Tower Hamlets, London, September 21, 2017 – Real DPO and the Local Voices Network have teamed up to celebrate UN Peace Day by hosting a community safety event on 21st September, 10am – 3.30pm at the Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Rd, London E1 5AW.


The Real Day of Peace is a community safety event open to the public to find out more about what the local authority, statutory bodies and other organisations are doing to keep them safe in light of recent acid attacks, building fires and hate crime incidents in Tower Hamlets and the wider London area. They can also learn more about disability hate crime and how to report it and voice their concerns about personal and community safety. Furthermore, it will bring the community together to celebrate the unique diversity of the Borough


The event will start with a panel discussion on ‘How to build community cohesion in Tower Hamlets’. Panellists include Chief Inspector Martin Kirby (Metropolitan Police), Menara Ahmed (Tower Hamlets Council), Holly Matthews (Victim Support), Mike Smith (Real DPO) and Zakaria Hussain (Muslim Aid). It will be chaired by Rev. Alan Green (Chair of Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate Forum). In the afternoon, there will be presentations by PC Rob Sewell (Tower Hamlets Safer Transport Team) and Henrietta Spalding (Changing Faces) on acid attacks and safety on public transport. The day will finish with 2 workshops on disability hate crime and victim support.


The Real Day of Peace has been organised in response to the concerns raised by members of Real and Local Voices around community safety. To book a free place at the event, please register on Eventbrite at or contact Hannah West on 020 7001 2185


  1. Real is a user-led organisation of disabled people and a registered charity, and has been around in one form or another for 20 years. Its membership comprises local disabled people, it currently employs 23 people and has 10 volunteers. 75% of its client-facing staff, and 100% of its board, are disabled. It provides a range of services to support local disabled people to live equally within society – see
  2. Local Voices is a project facilitated by Real. It is funded by Tower Hamlets Council and provides a platform for local disabled people to shape and influence the services and issues that affect them in the Borough.

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