HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network

About HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network

HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network is a network of voluntary and community sector organisations across London working for equality, rights and social justice and against discrimination. We are currently funded by City Bridge Trust, Trust for London and the National Lottery.

Under our Bridging Divides funding we work to ensure that specialist equality and human rights groups, particularly the smaller and user led ones, and the Londoners they work with, can connect and work together across London and across equality specialisms. With our members we work to make equality issues central in local and regional decision making, and to raise awareness and work more closely with universities, think tanks, professional bodies and business. This funding also supports our core activities as a network: regular bulletins and information provision, knowledge sharing, signposting, website and networking.

The Trust for London project funds our Policy and Campaigns work, which supports organisations to campaign together on equality and rights issues of joint importance. Currently campaigns are focused around support for Deaf and disabled refugees and asylum seekers, hate crime, mental health equality, LGBTQI+ diversity and Digital Exclusion. We lead for Disabled customers on the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum Equality Sub-Group, who work alongside the Home Office to ensure the rights of asylum seekers are protected, and facilitate Charities Challenging Hate Crime, the London pan equality hate crime network.

In the NetEquality project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities, through the Cornerstone Fund, dozens of smaller user-led and ‘grass roots’ equality groups and equality partners in London are working together. Over an initial two years, to mid 2021, we will design, test and pilot exciting new ways to use networking and online tools to strengthen our connections and quickly and easily share information and knowledge. We will be exploring ways to join up our voices for solidarity and influence and for more coordinated, effective campaigning to fight discrimination and improve equality in London. Through Stronger Together, funded by Awards for All, we provide activities and support for individual campaigners and those in the smaller, user-led and grass roots groups.

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Hate Crime and Cohesion Coordinator Vacancy Deadline 20th July

EqualitiesCoordinator, Hate Crime and Cohesion

18 hoursinitially (0.5 WTE)

£14,998 (pro ratato £29,976 full time)

Fixed term toMarch 2021, with possibility of extension and becoming fulltime

Closing date:9.00 am, Monday 20 July 2020

Redbridge Equalitiesand Community Council is a well-established and hard-working equalitiesorganisation with its roots in community relations and race equality work,based in Ilford, and working mainly in the London Borough of Redbridge.

We are looking forsomeone with relevant skills and experience to take forward our work on hatecrime and community engagement and cohesion. On hate crime, they will be able tobuild on RECC’s pioneering community-based approach, working with our CommunityWitness and Support Team and supporting hate crime victims both individuallyand through mutual support groups. Much of the recent focus of our communityengagement work has been through the Redbridge Equalities Forum, and they willhave the opportunity to steer its development into a post-Covid world. And oncommunity cohesion they will have a key part to play in the development of a proposedmajor new initiative in two of Redbridge’s most deprived and divided areas.

This is achallenging agenda, the more so for a part time worker, and their highestpriority initially will be to work with the Trustees to find the funding neededto enable the post both to become fulltime and to continue beyond March.

To find out more,please e-mail


for an application pack.

Centre for Accessible Environments Free Access Training 15th July and 25 August

The ASAS service within the Centre for Accessible Environments are running a free 2 hour online training session on

15th July

and on

25th August.

This training is for those working within charities and community groups in London who are looking to make their services more inclusive for disabled people. To sign up individuals should email asas@cae.org.uk

More information about us and the training session can be found online at https://cae.org.uk/our-partners/asas/

HEAR Member Campaigns for Safe Re-Opening of Swimming Pools

Swimming pools are a vital means of exercise for many disabled people who may find other forms of exercise difficult or impossible

HEAR member Douglas Sager has been campaigning for pools to re-open

He has taken his campaign to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of UK Active

Swim England are also active in campaigning and here are more details of how you can support their campaign:

Swim England is calling on its members, clubs, coaches, teachers, swim schools, swimmers and facility operators to back its #OpenOurPools campaign.Chief Executive Jane Nickerson has said millions of people are being let down by the Government’s decision not to allow pools to reopen on 4 July.

So we are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reopen facilities up and down the country as soon as possible – and there are a number of ways you can get involved:

Sign our petitionClick here to call on the Prime Minister to urgently review the decision not to allow swimming pools to reopen and to announce a date when pools may open again as soon as possible.

Write to your MPDownload our template letter and send to your MP asking them to back the campaign to #OpenOurPools

Share our infographicsShow everyone you’re behind the Swim England #OpenOurPools campaign by sharing our social media graphics. Click here to download them.

Pledge your support on social mediaWe have created a number of social posts that you could use on your channels to encourage the Government to reconsider its decision not to allow pools to reopen from 4 July.

Download them here.

Important-New Round of Community Response Funding

London Community Response Fund

A new wave of funding has been announced from the London Community Response.

Enable grants supports work that helps to prevent difficulties arising from the crisis escalating, and that enables people to emerge from crisis.

Adapt grants help organisations to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future.

Organisations can apply for up to £50,000 for grants lasting for up to six months, though it can be for a shorter period.

Click the link above to find out more and apply

Home Truths Report-Undoing Racism in the Charity Secttor

HEAR members may be interested in:

Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector

by acevo and Voice for Change England

Call to Sign the Petition for a National Race Equality Strategy

A call from some of our members to sign the petition started by BAME leaders for a national race equality strategy

Read more and

sign this change.org petition

Participatory Event-Small Charities Speak Out Monday 6th July

Small charities speaking out: How do they do it? Read more Read less

Monday 6th July 2pm-4pm via Zoom

About this Event This online event by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) brings together small charities and those that support and fund them to explore:

• How do small charities speak out? From one-to-one advocacy to public campaigns

• Influencing strategies – deciding when to work in or outside the system

• How and when to involve people with direct experience of the issues – whether beneficiaries, service users or volunteers

• What support small charities need – from funders, advisers or support organisations

This participatory event launches new IVAR research on small charities and social change, focusing on issues of homelessness, migration, violence against women and girls, and criminal justice.

Following registration, a member of the IVAR team will contact you nearer the time with Zoom joining instructions.

Register here:

IVAR event: Small charities speaking out, how do they do it?

Power Sharing Project Job Opportunity Deadline 27th July

"Sheila McKechnie Foundation are recruiting a Power Sharing Project Lead to sit at the centre of our exploration of power, people and civil society.

We are looking to work with someone who is passionate about social change, understands the value of lived experience within change-making, knows how to create spaces for discussion and can build relationships of trust and collaboration.

Could that be you? Or someone you know?

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and actively encourage those under-represented in campaigning to apply.

Click here to find out more and to apply.

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 27 July 2020. Interviews are expected to take place Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 August 2020 via Zoom.

If you would like to have an informal chat, get in touch with Chloe Hardy, Director of Policy & Communications, to arrange a call via email:


Two free webinars from 4 in 10 Poverty Network 6th and 10th July

An invitation to HEAR members from 4 in 10:

sign up now as places are going fast.

This is a chance to hear about recently published evidence and new approaches. With large numbers of London families facing financial hardship, and projections that this will get worse over the coming months and years, we need to make sure that our systems are set up to support families as best they can. This webinar will bring together the views of CPAG and The Children's Society who have been looking at examples of good practice across London Councils and beyond as well as hearing from Councillor Dominic Twomey, Deputy Leader, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Book your place.

Come and hear about the basic principles, the why and how to do co-production from Expert Link and learn from Toynbee Hall about their experience of adapting their co-production during lockdown. If you are curious about how to get started, or want to hear about how it might be possible to do co-production, do start with this session. We are looking to support members more with this over the next few months.

Book your place.

GLA and Google Free Social Media Training 13th July

We (GLA) are pleased to be working with Google Digital Garage to provide a free live webinar training. The Google Digital Garage provides free online and live webinar digital skills training to individuals and businesses in the UK to help people find a job, grow their skills, careers or businesses from home.

Interested in topping up your digital skills?

Join us for Social Media Strategy, free training workshop from Google Digital Garage:


When: Monday 13 July 2020 at 10am

What’s on:

Social Media Strategy,

click to register