The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up in 2007, following the brutal murder of Sophie Lancaster. Sophie was a goth and was attacked simply for the way she looked; the judge at her murder trial recognised the vicious and violent assault as a hate crime – equal to all other strands of hate. Since Sophie’s death, the charity works tirelessly to challenge prejudice and hate in all its forms and increase tolerance and respect for others. It also lobbies to have hate crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures.

The Foundation delivers presentations and training and has developed the SOPHIE educational resource for use in schools. The resource combats prejudice and hate by supporting the development of critical thinking, empathy, increased awareness and understanding of difference and diversity and the consequences of actions for self and others. The Foundation delivers extensive education and training programmes  for a range of curriculum areas and for PSHE. Training is also delivered to a range of professional partners including the police, housing associations, the NHS and local authorities.

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Registered Charity Number : 1129689

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