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Press Release - Sikh Helpline Charity Bike Ride 2017

 

all bikeridersWith the blessings of the almighty Guru, the Sikh Helpline successfully completed it’s 4th Annual Charity Bike Ride.    With almost 100 riders, the event was a great success, filled with uplifting team spirit and atmosphere amongst members of the community motivated to raise funds to support this great cause. One of the riders, Suki Lotay described the day as a great atmosphere and vibe - the experience was fab riding with so many fellow Sikhs. The reaction from the public was great and they wanted to know more about the Sikh bike ride”.   

sikh helpline registrationThe cyclists set off on their 24 mile bike ride, sponsored by 28 local businesses and West Midlands Police, to show their support of the work that is carried out by the helpline and to raise awareness of the services the free community support that the charity provides. Along the route, cyclists were greeted at each of the 11 gurdwaras with free food and drink (langar) as well as amazing Kirtan (hymns) to show support to both the Sikh Helpline and the riders. Mr Singhs Pizza, a long standing supporter of the helpline thanked “the riders and everybody who donated for this brilliant cause where a lot of voluntary service is involved and every penny spent goes to a good and necessary use”. The pizza chain, also provided free refreshments and hot pizza as the cyclists pedaled past their branches in Handsworth and Wolverhampton.

 

The Sikh Helpline has built connections with a number of agencies to ensure callers are signposted to receive the right help.  Many took part in the bike ride to show Police Chief Constable Dave Thompsontheir support including West Midlands Police, this year’s main sponsor for this year’s bike ride. Chief Constable, Dave Thompson expressed “we are happy to engage with organisations, such as the Sikh Helpline which make the health and wellbeing of our communities better.  I am pleased we can support the good work they do”.  

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The Sikh Helpline and the West Midlands Police Public Protection unit have forged an effective working relationship in order to help those callers in need. Last year’s main sponsor Jet Singh Trust continued to support the event this year recognising The Sikh Helpline as “an invaluable service not only for the Sikh Community but whoever needs their assistance. Without this service thousands of people would have nowhere to turn to and would face unimaginable pain and suffering”.

The Sikh Helpline continues to receive a high volume of nationwide calls.  High call rates are seen from victims of abuse, domestic violence and more recently an increase in call relating to suicide of young member of the community.  Due to cultural taboo, many families choose to stay silent and remain reluctant to speak out and get help before it is too late. Giani Sukha Singh (CEO of The Sikh Helpline) said that “any cheque or donation is not just for the Sikh Helpline, it’s going to help for example that one lady who silently suffered domestic abuse for 21 years, until she saw a Sikh Helpline poster and made that one call for help, crying out she couldn’t take it anymore”. The annual bike ride event is an opportunity to raise awareness of the valuable services provided as well as to raise financial support required to fund our calls and staffing.

We need the support of the local communities to help us keep up with the increasing demand of calls. Every call matters and a missed call may be the only attempt someone makes for help. It is crucial that every call is answered. 

To view the Sikh Helpline Bikeride 2017 photos click here  

SIKH HELPLINE SPONSORSHIP

 

You can donate with the following options:

• Visit: www.sikhhelpline.com

• Set up a direct debit to: Name: Sikh Helpline Account Number- 38178877 Sort code 56-00-69

• Via cheque to: Sikh Helpline and post to 86 Birmingham St, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 4EB

• Text: GURU13 £10 to 70070

 

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“Every Call Matters”

With Guru's grace we are looking forward to holding the Sikh Helpline's 4th Charity Bike Ride event on 1st October 2017. Last year’s bike ride proved to be a huge success in bringing the community together,giani sukha singh promoting health and well-being, whilst raising the much needed funds for the Sikh Helpline. Giani Sukha Singh, The C.E.O of The Sikh Helpline, said, “We continue to receive high call volumes on issues ranging from grooming, suicide, domestic abuse through to racism and substance addiction. Due to cultural barriers and protection of ‘honour’ within the local community,victims often suffer in silence. We

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continue to provide the dedicated  support these callers need and  with generous fundraising we have recruited a Counselling Specialist with an understanding of these issues and barriers, and an administrator for providing dedicated support for coordinating new projects, initiatives and network-building with key agencies 

 

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Strong collaborations have been built with external agencies including West Midlands Police (main sponsor 2017). Chief Constable, Dave Thompson said,"The Sikh Helpline and our Public Protection Unit officers have forged an effective working relationship and have appeared several times on TV to inform our communities of the issues around domestic abuse, child sex exploitation and substance misuse... I'm pleased we can support the good work they do and look forward to a successful bike ride".

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The Chair Sergeant Harvinder Singh Rai also added " We have had a close and fruitful journey with the Sikh helpline and delighted to support the great work they do." Inspector Gagy Bedi statesTraining has been provided to Sikh Helpline staff to ensure that they are fully versed with methods of reporting and safe-guarding victims”.

 

Up to 100 cyclists will take part in the 2017 bike ride, setting off on the 24 mile bikeride journey stopping at 12 West Midlands Sikh Gurdwaras and not forgetting Mr Singhs, all aiming to raise awareness for the ‘Every Call Matters’. Cyclists including the local community, police officers, priests, local business owners and teachers, will be greeted at each stop with free food and drink (Langar) as well as amazing Kirtan (Sikh hymns) showing support to the work of the Sikh Helpline.

 

wlyp2Co-founder of leading agency ‘loveyourpostcode.com’ Bobby Singh said, Sikh Helpline is important and thrives on helping all without judgment. The bike ride is a key event in order for the Sikh Helpline to continue helping the most vulnerable in need of support We need the support of the local communities to help us keep up with the increasing demand of calls. Every call matters and a missed call may be the only attempt someone makes for help. It is crucial that every call is answered. “Exhilarating, loved every moment of it. As a first timer I completed the 24 mile Bike Ride, which is an awesome feeling!! Can't wait for next year! – Cyclist Jas Rai 

 

You can donate with the following options:

• Visit: www.sikhhelpline.com

• Set up a direct debit to: Name: Sikh Helpline Account Number- 38178877 Sort code 56-00-69

• Via cheque to: Sikh Helpline and post to 86 Birmingham St, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 4EB

• Text: GURU13 £10 to 70070

 

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Sikh Helpline Law

A new criminal offence to tackle Revenge Porn is being introduced in England & Wales as part of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. Sikh Helpline Law

 

"Be aware before they Share"

 

WHAT IS REVENGE PORN?

Revenge Porn is the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress. The images are sometimes accompanied by personal information about the subject, including their full name, address and links to their social media profiles.


The offence applies both online and offline and to images which are shared electronically or in a moretraditional way so includes the uploading of images on the internet, sharing by text and e-mail, or showing someone a physical or electronic image.

 

Sikh Helpline girl cryingRevenge Porn is abusive and can have a devastating effect on the life of the victim; it affects their self-esteem, isolates them from family and friends and even leads to them losing their jobs.  It is a violation, a total invasion of privacy and a betrayal of trust.

 

WHAT WILL THE OFFENCE COVER?
The new offence will criminalise the sharing of private, sexual photographs or films, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public. Sexual material not only covers images that show the genitals but also anything that a reasonable person would consider to be sexual, so this could be a picture of someone who is engaged in sexual behaviour or posing in a sexually provocative way.


WHAT IS CHANGING?
The big change is that there will now be a specific offence for this practice and those found guilty of the crime could face a sentence of up to two years in prison

Revenge Porn is not new and currently, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutes cases around Revenge Porn using a range of existing laws.


Sending explicit or nude images of this kind may, depending on the circumstances, be an offence under the Communications Act 2003 or the Malicious Communications Act 1988. Behaviour of this kind, if repeated, may also amount to an offence of harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

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The CPS recently updated its legal guidance in order to clearly set out how such cases should be brought to court under the new legislation. Details can be found on the CPS website.

 

PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
The Ministry of Justice is launching a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the new legislation surrounding Revenge Porn. 

 

  • Make it clear to potential perpetrators that sharing explicit images, without consent, is unacceptable; it is a crime and will be prosecuted.
  • Discourage those thinking that sharing explicit images is a bit of fun by emphasizing the impact that the sharing of private sexual images can have on a victim.
  • Advise victims to report the crime to the police.   information from Gov.uk

 

Help us send a message to those who maliciously share private, sexual images of other people, that they should "be aware before they share" and know that the law is firmly on the side of the victim. We hope this will also show victims that they have support and give them the courage to speak up and report any incidents to the police. Revenge Porn is unacceptable, it is a crime, and those found sharing it will be punished.

 

If you have been a victim of a hate crime / Revenge Porn and if you are still in danger, please call 999. 

 

Remember: Please do not feel hesitant to contact us We are only here to help  #TellSikhHelplineUK

 

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Job Vacancies - Close

 

We are currently recruiting a Counselling Specialist for the Sikh Helpline, if you feel you are interested in joining our cause, please read the description below. 

 

Role: Counselling Specialist

Salary: ?19,250

Hours: 37.5- flexible working throughout the week

Location: Birmingham

Contract: 2 years fixed term (with a possibility to extend)

Closing date: Tuesday 8th August 2017 by 12pm

 

 

 

We are currently recruiting a Counselling Specialist for the Sikh Helpline. This role will be based in Birmingham and is central to the core function of our service. The successful candidate will take calls through the main Sikh Helpline number and online queries such as email. The successful candidate will have specialist skills to assist and advise our callers, this may be through offering one to one support, delegate to a nominated volunteer and signposting. We offer a multi-disciplinary approach and would require our Counselling Specialist to advise callers and decide on the best approach for them. Every call matters, every call is unique. We therefore approach every call sensitively and professionally, the successful candidate would be required to design a tailor made approach for each call and follow this through. In addition, this role will also cover administration and initial point of contact for volunteers. You will however receive support from our senior volunteers who will assist and advise as necessary.

 

If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, please send a CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The post-holder is expected to work flexible hours, which may include evening work, travel across the UK including weekends and overnight stays. The successful candidate will need proof of right to work in the UK and satisfactorily meet the standard requirements for our pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check.

 

Role requirements:

  • A minimum of 6 months experience within the last 2 years of working within this area
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluent Punjabi and English speaking
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • A respect and understanding of the Sikh faith

 

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3rd Annual Bike Ride Kirtan Darbaar Reunion 
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Sunday - 13th November 2016, With the leadership and guidance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji Maharaj and with the love of the Sat Sangat the Sikh Helpline held their 3rd annual Bike Ride Kirtan Darbaar Reunion at Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, West Bromwich. The day was filled with positive energy and beautiful  kirtan from various jathas. The 2016 Sikh Helpline Charity Bike Ride was an even greater success than last year, with over a 100 cyclists taking part in this great event. The total amount raised by the participants was ?24,459.77p The funds raised will be used to support the projects that the helpline are implementing, it will also support the work carried out by the volunteers who provide this much needed service in the local community.

 

The award ceremony was received with great enthusiasm from the sponsors that have supported the helpline over the years. Many

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 sponsors spoke in high regards of the important work carried out by the helpline and the work their volunteers carry out in the community. Many felt that the taboo subjects in the Sikh and Punjabi community are now being raised and are being tackled head on. To show our appreciation to the all sponsors who have played a very important role in providing their much needed support, a dedicated web page has been created, for a full list of all our sponsors please visit www.sikhhelpline.com/bikeride-list/413-bikeride-sponsors-2016.

 

The CEO Giani Sukha Singh would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all those who took part in the Bike Ride and made the event successful. We would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who helped organise the event, the riders who took part and raised the awareness of the work the Sikh Helpline carry out, and also to all the sponsors who have supported the helpline financially. Without the support of the Sangat it would not be possible for the helpline to carry out the work that they do.

 

Visit the Sikh Helpline website at www.sikhhelpline.com/donations  to make a donation you can also donate via cheque, please post donations to: Sikh Helpline 86 Birmingham St, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 4EB

 

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Hate Crime What is it?

test2A Hate Incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someones prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

 

If you, or anyone you know, has been called names, been bullied or had anything happen to them that you think may be because of one of these factors, then you should report this as a hate incident. Even if you dont want the incident to be investigated, it is important that the police know about it, so that they can build up a picture of how many incidents are happening and where. This information can help police investigating other hate incidents.

 

Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but those that do become hate crimes. The Association of Chief Police Officers and the CPS have agreed a common definition of hate crime:

"Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender."

 

Types of Hate Crime

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Race and religious hate crime

Racist and religious crime is particularly hurtful to victims as they are being targeted solely because of their personal identity, their actual or perceived racial or ethnic origin, belief or faith. These crimes can happen randomly or be part of a campaign of continued harassment and victimisation. We will not tolerate such crime.

 

Homophobic and transphobic hate crime
In the past, incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual people or transgender people, have been rarely reported and even more rarely prosecuted. Research studies suggest that victims of, or witnesses to, such incidents have very little confidence in the criminal justice system. The CPS is committed to addressing this problem, ensuring crimes against our LGBT communities are tackled properly.

 

You can read the CPS policy on Prosecuting Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crimes here.

 

Disability hate crime
Feeling and being unsafe through violence, harassment or negative stereotyping has a significant impact on disabled people's sense of security and wellbeing. It also impacts significantly on their ability to participate both socially and economically in their communities. The CPS takes disability hate crime seriously.

You can read the CPS policy on prosecuting Disability Hate Crimes here and there is an Easy Read version available here

 

Crimes against older people
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure and to live free from the fear of crime. We know that feeling and being unsafe have significant negative impacts on older people's health and sense of well-being. Our policy, Prosecuting Crimes Against Older People, makes clear to older people, their families, communities and the general public that the CPS understands the serious implications of this type of crime. You can read the CPS Policy on Prosecuting Crimes against Older People here.

 

download 1Has it happened to you?

If so, this could be a hate crime.

The police and the Crown Prosecution Service take all hate crime very seriously. We know that lots of victims of hate crime dont tell anyone what has happened to them. This might be because they think they wont be taken seriously. Or it might be because they dont realise that what is happening to them is a crime.

 

All police forces would want you to report crimes and they take all reports of crime very seriously. But, if it could be a hate crime, the police will take it even more seriously. This is because all people are entitled to live their lives free from bullying and harassment. Dealing with hate crimes is important to protect the rights of all members of society.

 

How do you report it?

You can report a crime in several ways:

  • if it's an emergency and the crime is still taking place, call 999 and ask for the police

  • if it's not an emergency, do not call 999 as this could hold up genuine emergency calls. This does not mean the crime is not important - it just helps the police to prioritise their resources. Many police forces have a non-emergency number, so you can call that instead like 101hate2 sikhhelpline

  • you can also drop in at your local police station and report the crime there. You can find the address and telephone number in the local telephone directory or on the internet (see the link to your local police force website at the side of the page).

  • you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous.

  • Third Party Reporting Centres are a safe neutral location within the community where people can report hate crime or hate incidents without having to contact the Police directly. Anybody can use this facility regardless of whether they are a victim, witness, or just someone who is aware of information that needs to be reported. You can report incidents at a Third Party Reporting Centre even if you dont want the police to investigate it.Trained staff are based at the centres to assist people with the completion of the reporting forms or alternatively you can pick up a form from these locations, which come with pre-paid envelopes, so the information can be posted back when complete.    Resource: Hate Crime  

 

If you are a victim of hate crime you can also contact The Sikh Helpline as a third party reporting centres.   #tellSikhhelplineUK 

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BennettsAssociates 1214 main 012nd November 2016, The Sikh Helpline was at the Metropolitan Police Service Training school in London. The Helpline were honoured to be invited to the Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Gurpurab event held by the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association.

 

The event was attended by a number of VIP guests and high ranking Sikh Officers.20161102 110614

Khalsa College started the day with some soothing kirtan , followed by some inspirational talks and presentations by high ranking dignitaries.

Such dignitaries included Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, Commander Parm Sandu, Lord Ranbir Singh Suri, Sikh Lord Mayor of Hendon, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa,  Gurmel Singh Kandola Chair of Sikh Council UK, Chaplaincy Manvir Singh from the Prison Services and Mandeep Kaur Chaplaincy for the Armed Forces. These were just a few of the distinguished guest that presented. Member of the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association also talked about the 18 years of the work done by the Sikh Association and the impact of the Metropolitan Sikh association not just within the Police Services but also the wider community.

sikhhelpline3The day went on very well and we networked with some very inspiring people who play a proactive role in the wider community.
Sikh Helpline would like to thank the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association for this great opportunity to be able to meet such great people and network with likeminded people.

  

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