sophie lancaster foundation holds world’s first alt subculture hate crime conferenceTHE SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION




To mark the birthday of Sophie Lancaster, the Foundation established in her name will hold the world’s first conference looking at Alternative Subculture Hate Crime, in Burnley on the 26th November.

Sylvia Lancaster and campaign manager Kate Conboy- Greenwood have invited guest speakers and delegates from all over the UK and Ireland to explore how partnership working with police, justice and educational professionals is challenging attitudes and creating safer communities.

Sophie was murdered in 2007, aged 20, for no other reason than heralternative appearance – she was a “Goth”.

Key Note Speakers include the Chair of the UK Independent Hate Crime Advisory Group, Professor John Grieves and GMP ACC Shewan, the senior officer who introduced monitoring and recording of Alternative Subculture Hate Crime in Manchester in 2013.

Sylvia is a respected voice who has recently been awarded the OBE for her work in the field – “Community Cohesion – Especially In TheReduction Of Hate Crime”

Such is the regard for Sylvia and the Foundation, that the new Home Office Minister, Lynn Featherstone, has sent a video to address the conference, supporting the work of the Foundation.

Sylvia said “The response to this unique event has been overwhelming. We are proud that after all the hard work creating Sophie’s legacy over the last seven years we are bringing so many people together to explore how we can together create safer communities, that celebrate, not fear, “difference” “

The conference will also include the launch of the charity’s Primary School Educational Resource which has been piloted in East Lancashire – the evaluation of this pilot will reveal the extent of the discrimination faced by even young children.

Delegates will see the BBC film trailer of the award winning “Black Roses – the Killing of Sophie Lancaster” featuring Julie Hesmondhalghand Rachel Austin.

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  1. The conference was a huge success, here is the write up of the event httpss://
    Kate Conboy-Greenwood – Campaign Manager The Sophie Lancaster Foundation


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