Creating a wall of welcoming messages is just one of the activities on offer this weekend as Salford does its bit for Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Pop-up events are being held where visitors can create art to celebrate diversity and find information about how to deal with hate crime.

The non-profit organisation, Arts Let Loose, is hosting it second event in Swinton Square on Saturday, February 8 from 11am-3pm, after the success of its first last weekend.


Clay heads created by the community. Image credit: Aroob Raja.

Activities include making clay heads to symbolise diversity in the Salford community and writing post-it notes to build a ‘wall’ of positive messages.

PCSO Jane (pictured) at her table with PC Hulmes (not pictured) in Costa. Image credit: Aroob Raja

Alongside Arts Let Loose, two police officers also held a stall at the first pop-up event to encourage members of the community to start a conversation about hate crime.

PC Hulmes of Swinton Police Station said:  “We’re trying to make people aware of the hate crime campaign that’s going on at the moment. Everyone needs to be aware […] because a lot of people don’t see it as a crime and a lot of people don’t report it.”

PC Hulmes said she wants more people to be involved with the week and learn more about hate crime generally.

She added: “The ultimate result for us is to make more people aware that it is going on, that it’s not acceptable, and that people should be reporting it.”

Infographic created by Aroob Raja.


Salford is hosting many activities for the week, supported by Salford City Council, Salford CVS and the Greater Manchester Police. 

Main image courtesy of Arts Let Loose.

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