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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10th Dec deadline:Feedback on framework for data on inequality

360 Giving, the DEI Data Group (an open coalition of foundations working alongside the DEI Coalition and the Funders Alliance for Race Equality) and Social Investment Consultancy have collaborated to propose a draft framework to categorise organisations experiencing structural inequality.

The primary use of this taxonomy will be for funders to monitor their grant programmes, but it is also anticipated that there will be wider use of a shared framework for sector analysis.To develop the framework, we have interviewed over 20 sector-wide stakeholders from different communities of identity and experience. Numerous challenges have been reported by stakeholders regarding collection of equalities data, such as:

  • There is a lack of data available on the communities served. Information is either not being collected or not being collected in a comparable way – impacting our understanding of the sector;
  • Applicants may tick all the boxes available on monitoring forms to show how inclusive they are but clear and precise trends and impact cannot be drawn from the data;
  • Being mindful of what is proportionate and simple to fill in given limited capacity of organisations to collect data, while capturing the complexities of the identities of various groups and intersectionality;
  • Applicants and grantees may not understand why such data are being collected and what will be done with the data, and may be hesitant in providing the data;
  • Striking the balance between using the data to inform funding strategy in general, but not for specific funding decisions;
  • Striking a balance between the nuance and complexity that is the reality for communities, and the need to be able to collate and aggregate information in a consistent way to support it to inform decisions.
Bearing these challenges in mind during the creation of the framework, we are excited to announce the DRAFT framework for consultation. No framework can encompass every possible nuance, but we hope this provides a starting point for moving this forward. We welcome you to fill out this survey to give us some feedback. The survey will close on 10th December 2020. Thanks so much for your time – really appreciate your thoughts!

#Data #Funders #Grants

Collaborative Campaign Tool - Testing Workshop - Wednesday 9th December 10:00-11:30

Find allies that believe in your campaigns as much as you do!

Campaign pies is a collaborative campaign planning tool, which will enable people to: plan, publicise and contribute to campaigns collectively. We have divided up a campaign pie into what we think are the key slices for success. Some campaigns will have all the slices, some won’t. The point is - we want to enable multiple groups/people to contribute their toppings to different parts of campaigns.

At this initial testing stage we want to test the tool for its intuitiveness, design and usefulness and find out if it is something you would want to use? Could use? And what could make it better?

We would like to test this out in a 1.5 - hour long workshop with small campaigning groups like yourselves. Your expertise and feedback would be really valuable in helping to create something useful that really meets the needs of campaigners. We understand everyone is very busy at the moment but hope you will consider joining us.

Link to register

If you can’t attend the workshop let us know and we can discuss other ways to show you what we’re doing and find out what you think.

We have money available to pay you for your contribution of time / expertise. In the registration link you can let us know how/if you want to claim this money.

This is a NetEquality initiative - In NetEquality we are experimenting with different ways of sharing of knowledge, experience and resources. We are bringing together grassroots equality and human rights groups, organisations and individuals, members of The HEAR Network, Refugee Council, Inclusion London and Consortium.

Job opportunity - Sessional Youth Engagement Worker, Southwark Travellers' Action Group (STAG) - deadline: 14th December 2020

Sessional Youth Engagement Worker, Southwark Travellers' Action Group (STAG), Peckham, London, Greater London

We are looking for someone who is keen to make a difference for young Gypsies and Travellers in Southwark.

Southwark Travellers' Action Group (STAG) is a community organisation for Gypsies and Travellers based in Southwark. STAG works to overcome the inequalities and disadvantages faced by the communities and to raise awareness of and celebrate Gypsy and Traveller culture and history. The Youth Engagement Worker post is initially for 14 hours per week on a 6 month fixed term contract with the possibility of extension. Salary in the region of £12,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications. Hours are flexible and arrangements can be made to work from home. The deadline for applications is 14th December 2020.

More details here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Iu3dancPlx1-FCVO8ovxm3-nVF3X7CY1E6JBviCu8s/edit?usp=sharing

Website: https://www.southwarktravellersaction.org.uk

Take part in this survey on London youth-deadline 7thDecember

A message from members Partnership for Young London

Please take part in our regional survey, this is a cross-sector collaboration with the Centre for Youth Impact, London Youth, London Councils, Partnership for Young London and the GLA to shape our collective responses to Covid19.

We have two aspects to this work, one survey focused on the

youth sector

and infrastructure and one on

local authorities.

This will be further supported by a youth-led research piece with young Londoners. We would encourage you to complete the relevant survey and also share these across your networks. Londoners are rightly ambitious to see a more equitable and sustainable London post COVID and we are keen to act with urgency. Young people have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic. By providing us with your input today we can work together to support them more effectively.

  • Youth Sector Data Hub for London Survey (for the youth sector and infrastructure groups) is a collaborative effort to collect important data from youth sector organisations across the region so that together we build a greater understanding of what is needed on the frontline. Please complete by the 7th December
  • Local Authorities Survey – A similar survey is being facilitated by London Councils and the GLA and will be targeting key contacts within councils. Please complete this survey by the 2nd December and contact Samira.Islam@londoncouncils.gov.uk if you need any further details.
  • Law for Life and Roma Support Group-Structural Racism and Roma Families in the Chiild Protection System

    Mary Marvel and Dada Felja from our members Law for Life have written an

    article for Community Care on how structural racism faced by Roma families in the child protection system can be tackled.

    During their project between 2017 and 2020, Law for Life investigated the disproportionate increase of Gypsy/Roma families in England facing child protection investigations compared to the size of the Gypsy/Roma child population. Their aims were to look for 'ways to address these problems and improve access to justice for Roma families.'

    Existing research showed that 'historical disadvantages, linguistic barriers, and the fact that Roma families have predominantly negative experiences with public services and so are reluctant to engage' contributed to the increase in social work involvement.

    Law for Life's investigation uncovered three main findings:

  • Local authorities often didn't provide adequate interpreting services leading to misunderstandings, including incorrect assumptions about the intellectual capacities of Roma parents.
  • Roma parents often lacked knowledge about what was expected of them, both in terms of parental responsibilities and in engaging with child protection investigations, and that this had an impact on the outcomes of care proceedings.
  • Children's services and courts work with Roma families in ways that many Roma parents do not understand.
  • In the course of their investigation, Law for Life worked with thee Roma organisations: Roma Support Group (London), Roma Community Care (Derby) and Clifton Learning Partnership (Rotherham).

    Working with these organisations and other stakeholders, Law for Life produced a multimedia toolkit consisting of an information guide, a short film narrated by Roma in their own language, Romanes, and community training for Roma champions.


    independent evaluation of the project


    'the toolkit made a significant contribution to building capacity within Roma communities to engage more knowledgeably and confidently in child protection investigations. The evaluation also noted that there are indications that this helped some Roma families to keep their children in cases where they may otherwise have been removed into local authority care.'

    Law for Life's project provides a model for best practice when working with Roma communities. Roma Support Group echo Law for Life's call for children's services and professionals working with Roma families in a safeguarding context to use the resources that they have produced. These can be found on Law for Life's Advicenow


    Wave 4 of London Community Response Fund open for applications-deadline 3rd December

    London's funders have once again come together to provide new funding for civil society organisations.

    The London Community Response is taking applications for grants of up to £10,000 to help groups support Londoners affected by covid-19 over the next six months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.

    A full list of types of organisations that can apply for a grant

    can be found here,

    and the activities which you are applying for funding for need to be legally charitable and benefit Londoners

    For further information read the

    Guidance' section of the London Community Response site

    before applying.

    Partnership for Young London Young Londoners Survey

    A message from our members Partnership for Young London:

    Young Londoners Survey

    Over the next six months, we are looking to conduct one of the largest studies of young Londoners, to help inform our work ahead of the election. We are talking to more then 5,000 young people, on a range of subjects. We are currently in consultation with organisations and young Londoners about designing the questions, and would love to hear from you.

    If there is a topic that is less covered, that you want to explore through this survey, or specific questions you want to know the views of young Londoners on, please get in touch with


    Bridging Divides-New free book download-Developing a Sense of Place

    Members and colleagues might be interested in the below new free book download from University College London Press:

    'Developing a Sense of Place', edited by Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon.

    How do cultural planners and policymakers work through the arts to create communities? What do artists need to build a sense of place in their community? To discuss these issues, 'Developing a Sense of Place' brings together new models and case studies, each drawn from a specific geographical or socio-cultural context.

    Selected for their lasting effect in their local community, the case studies explore new models for opening up the relationship between the university and its regional partners, explicitly connecting creative, critical and theoretical approaches to civic development. The volume has three sections: Case Studies of Place-Making; Models and Methods for Developing Place-Making Through the Arts; and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Place and Contested Identities. The sections cover regions in the UK such as Bedford, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Plymouth and Wakefield, and internationally in countries such as Brazil, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

    'Developing a Sense of Place' offers a range of viewpoints from, for example, the arts strategist, the academic, the practice-researcher and the artist.

    Download free:


    National Ugly Mugs-Impact of Covid 19 on Sex Workers Survey

    Our members Ugly Mugs, who work with and for sex workers, have asked us to distribute the below survey on the impact of Covid 19:

    National Ugly Mugs

    If your organisation works with sex workers in the UK, please can you distribute this survey on how Covid-19 is currently affecting them. We'll be using this to shape our services and make sure we can best meet needs, so any responses are greatly appreciated!

    The survey only takes a few minutes and can be found here:


    Tower Hamlets CVS Vacancy-Partnerships for BAME Health and Social Care-Deadline 3rd December

    Our friends at THCVS have the following vacancy:

    Partnerships Officer (BAME Disparities Project)

    Fixed Term, one year contract, 35 hours per week

    Salary: £32,000 to £34,000 depending on experience

    8% pension contribution (6% employer and 2% employee contribution)

    25 days annual leave

    Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) is an independent membership organisation supporting and representing voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations in the borough of Tower Hamlets.

    We have secured funding for a one year action research project to support BAME community groups across Tower Hamlets to build on and sustain the impact achieved in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Project will work with BAME community groups and with system leaders to develop effective and sustainable mechanisms for influencing health and social care systems across Tower Hamlets. The Project will also provide practical support to participating BAME community groups to develop their digital capabilities and longer-term sustainability.

    The successful candidate will have experience of successfully bringing organisations together to influence changes in policy or service delivery and will ideally have a practical understanding of the barriers and challenges that BAME community groups face. The post holder will be joining a small capacity building team of 5 people and will be supported in the delivery of the Project by an advisory group with a range of expertise and skills.

    Currently, THCVS is supporting all staff to work from home or the office depending on what is most appropriate to keeping safe and the needs of the service.

    If you would like an informal chat or require further information about this role, please email the CEO, Peter Okali at


    To apply for the post, please visit the website at


    or email


    to request an application pack.

    Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Thursday 3 December 2020

    Interviews will be held on Friday the 11th of December