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 and Digital Exclusion and we are currently developing a theme with members on Decent Homes as a Human Right. 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 established and used to host 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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Latest posts

Invitation to focus groups on improving WCA and PIP assessment process for people with energy limiting chronic illness

Dear friends

We're sending you this invitation on behalf of the Chronic Illness Inclusion project

Chronic Illness Inclusion wants to hear your experiences of both the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) AND Personal Independence Payments (PIP) assessments. We want your ideas for how to make the 'claim journey' for both benefits easier and fairer for disabled people with energy-limiting conditions. We are conducting online focus groups on behalf of the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, a company contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to handle claims and carry out assessments. This research will help them plan improvements for the future.

These focus groups are about improving the experience of claiming disability benefits and undergoing assessments. They are not about improvements to government policy, such as the level of benefits, the activities or 'descriptors' used in assessments, or benefit rules like sanctions.

The focus groups will be held on the 6th December and 8th December via Zoom.

Registration for the focus groups is open until 5pm on Friday 26th November. Shopping vouchers will be offered to participants as a Thank You. We are looking for people who have undergone WCA and PIP in the last four years. To find out more

click here.

Register for focus groups on PIP and WCA

Net Equality Website and Resources Update

To everyone who has been involved in or supported our Net Equality project, we wanted to let you know that the dedicated Net Equality website has now been updated, thanks to the support and help of our project partners Superhighways

On the site you can find lots of resources related to the project, including videos and blogs we produced


There are some newly published blog pieces we hope you will find interesting, sharing our thoughts on the learning process, our final event and some thoughts on the impact of networks

  • Keeping it real
  • https://netequality.org.uk/blog-3/keeping-it-real/

  • Sharing our learning
  • https://netequality.org.uk/blog-3/net-equality-sharing-our-lea/

  • We've shared the site and resources with our funders at the National Lottery too

    We will be in touch with any future updates and want to thank everyone who has so enthusiastically participated in this work

    Intersectionality in Practice Research Report Launch

    HEAR is pleased to let members know about the below report launch. HEAR members and colleagues took an active part in this research and it is excellent to see the report and resources now published in full, and congratulations to Ashlee!

    About Intersectionality in Practice

    In the last decade, there has been increasing conversation about intersectionality, but often a lack of awareness and confidence amongst practitioners and policymakers about how to apply it.

    Intersectionality in Practice (Dr Ashlee Christoffersen) shares findings of co-produced research from the first study of how policymakers and practitioners themselves understand how to apply intersectionality, and the first in-depth exploration of internationality's applications in the UK.

    Applying intersectionality in practice holds multiple benefits for organisations and the communities they represent and work with.

    The report, animation and video interviews with leading practitioners aim to increase knowledge, confidence and commitment to apply intersectionality, leading to transformations in practice that further intersectional justice.

    Access the research findings

    This report aimed at practitioners and policymakers shares learning from the research about how intersectionality is applied. It shares examples for practitioners which demonstrate the strengths and limitations of different ways of applying intersectionality, and is intended to inform intersectionality's growing interpretation and application by policymakers. The report challenges understandings and applications of intersectionality, considers questions of representation, and makes recommendations to equality organisations, policymakers and funders.

    If you would like a print copy of the report, please fill in the Intersectionality in Practice Report request form and we will send one to you.

    Interviews with practitioners

    We have conducted a series of interviews with equality specialists about how the research can be applied.

    Videos - Intersectionality in Practice

    • Mridul Wadhwa, Equality campaigner, Scotland
    • Christine Goodall, Network Coordinator, London's HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network
    • Tansy Hutchinson, Head of Policy, Equally Ours
    • Asif Afridi, Deputy CEO, brap, Birmingham

    The Intersectionality in Practice animation (Mary Martins) explains intersectionality in clear terms and outlines the five applied concepts of intersectionality defined in the report.

    MRN and Doctors of the World Migrant Health Workshop 24th November

    Doctors of the World will be giving a deep-dive workshop on health so that migrants can better understand and assert their rights. The workshop will cover a range of topics from how to access healthcare as a migrant, examples of how rights can be violated and what to do if this happens, and where to seek further support for specific health issues.

    Doctors of the World will also be highlighting two important advocacy campaigns including Patients not Passports and Hands up for our Health.

    This workshop is primarily aimed at migrants and caseworkers that work with migrants, but others are more than welcome to attend as well.

    24th November

    Register to receive Zoom details prior to the event.

    Invitation-IKWRO Online Conference 1st December

    As part of the #16DaysofActivism, IKWRO will be holding their online conference

    'A Turning Point: In ending "honour" based abuse',

    online on 1st December

    sign up for your free ticket at the link above

    Pan London Armenian Befriending Project-CAIA

    HEAR is sharing the below information on behalf of our members Centre for Armenian Information and Advice (CAIA)

    If you work with anyone of Armenian background or know anyone who might benefit from this service please pass this on:

    CAIA Armenian Befriending Service

    Has lockdown left you feeling lonely or socially isolated and could you benefit from having someone new to chat to? We all do. Maybe you live alone, or maybe you live with a partner or family but it would still be nice to talk to someone new.Confidential and independent befriending services to Armenians and those connected with them over the age of 18 years.

    This service is provided with your consent and approval to enable us to listen to any concerns or needs you may have which we can try to help with.

    The project is funded to help those living across London and can support you in the following ways:

    TELEPHONE BEFRIENDING SERVICEOur friendly, sociable telephone befriending worker and volunteers can have a pleasant conversation with you through regular phone call conversations in Armenian, English or another language you feel comfortable with. This service can also be provided remotely online via Google meet/Zoom, or WhatsApp video, etc.

    HOME VISITSWe can organise home visits in line with government guidelines or in any manner which you are most comfortable with for those who feel isolated, housebound or just struggling to cope with the pressures of life.

    If you are interested or want to refer someone to this service please contact us on:

    020 8992 4621

    or email:


    Invitation-Ageing Better Conference-Improving Connection-Reducing Loneliness and Isolation -7th-9th December online

    The National Lottery Community Fund is hosting an Ageing Better Programme conference to share learning on how to improve social connection, wellbeing and loneliness among people over 50. The insights will be drawn from over six years work in 14 communities across England. The conference provides the opportunity to hear practical tips and examples, network, and listen to inspiring keynote speakers. It is a free digital conference spread across three days,

    December 7th, 8th and 9th.

    More information is at the registration links above

    Invitation-Running and Facilitating Online Events-23rd November

    Tools & techniques for facilitating online workshops

    23rd November, 16:00 - 15.30

    TechSoup Connect London's


    will help you learn about digital tools and facilitation techniques for virtual workshops. All are welcome - whether you're new or you're a seasoned facilitator.

    New Boost Project in Barnet

    We've been asked to share the below with our members based in or working in Barnet:

    BOOST – Employment and Financial support in Barnet . (boostbarnet.org)

    We are an employment, benefit advice, skills and wellbeing project helping Barnet residents. We use a personal approach to understand your circumstances, help you overcome obstacles and gain the confidence and skills to make positive change.

    By registering with us you get access to all our free services:- weekly job bulletin- weekly webinars- your own dedicated employment advisor- get access to our skilled benefit advisors- help with anything digital until it clicks- services for 16-24 years old

    Go to the website from the link above for full information

    Redbridge CVS Vacancy-Deadline 28th November

    Redbridge CVS are recruiting for a

    Head of Health and Wellbeing (Maternity Cover).

    The closing date is 28th November-please click the link for full information