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WhatsApp Image 2019 05 19 at 9.29.34 AMYou have a great opportunity to support and sponsor us at the Sikh Helpline, if you are not aware of the Sikh Helpline we are a confidential telephone counselling and information service on Sikhism and cultural issues. We deal with any abuse, domestic violence at home, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, racism, suicide, articles of faith, bullying and any other issues effecting our community. Sikh Helpline is based on our volunteers and donations and our largest events are our fundraisers where hundreds gather and take part.


This year The Vaisakhi Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is raising money for Sikh Helpline, the challenge involves walking 24 miles over the three highest peaks in Yorkshire: Pen-y-Ghent (691m), Wherside (728m) and Ingleborough (723m) in under 12 Hours! To find out more information please refer to Link: https://www.sikhhelpline.com/event?layout=edit&id=436

 

We are asking you to be a part of this fantastic event, your company Logo will be advertised on our T-shirts, our Facebook Page and Website page, reach our 5,000 followers on Twitter and pictures taken receiving your sponsorship money of £150.00.

 

We would be more then grateful to have your support and show our communities we work together for Sikh Helpline. Please email or call us on 07999 00 4363 or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Please confirm if you would like to sponsor us by 5:00pm on Monday 20th May 2019.

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Broken Heart

A call received by the Sikh HelpLine

I was in a suicidal state when my fiance broke our engagement. We have been engaged for three years now, and it was a second marriage for the both of us. Things were great between us and our families. Then over the last few weeks, I noticed a lot of changes in my fiance. His personality was changing, he became more abrupt and began hiding things from me lying to me, and he was declining my calls and not responding to my message. I had suspicions that he was having an affair with another woman and with the continuation of his unusual behavior confirmed my suspicions. When I confronted him and brought the subject up in a conversation,

broken heartI was made to feel that it was my fault that our relationship was falling apart, and that I was the reason my fiance was looking elsewhere. In Sikhi, adultery is a sin, and I would never dream of doing this to someone else, but it was happening to me. My world was collapsing I had nowhere to go or anyone to talk to, until I came across the Sikh Helpline.

The phenji that I spoke had taken a lot of time to help me and she listened to my problems and helped me through a difficult time. It was so difficult and heart breaking to put my family through the pain that I was going through. I have been in regular contact with the phenji for many months now; she has shown me the light and given me a lot of support she was non-judgmental, friendly. The helpline has been a blessing for me, I really needed someone to listen to me and understand me. The helpline is easily accessible, the sevadaars are here to help all Sikhs and my Sikh sisters who need a sisters help. I thank you Waheguru may god allow the Sikh helpline to carry on doing a great job, helping people like me through such difficult times

The message that our sevadaar received from the bhenji above after getting through this time of hardship...

 

Thank you phenji you have helped a falling sister rise again. Only god knows how you much you have helped me. I believe that god sent you my way

I dont know what I would have done without youhand

I now go to the Gurdwara every day and I recite Chaupai sahib and Mool mantr daily. I have started to learn Punjabi at the local Gurughar. I am finding the routes that maybe my parents did not instill in me as a child, and because of a bad time in my life it has now led me to the Sikh Helpline where I have met friends rather than strangers but it has also led me back to my Sikhi

 

Talking to the Sikh Helpline can help to give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it. We can help by supporting you and getting you in touch with the right agencies. The Sikh Helpline is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help and you can contact us anytime.

 

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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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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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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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“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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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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