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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Visit our website at http://www.HEARequality.org.uk/

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Latest posts

Traveller Movement Domestic Abuse Good Practice Guide

Our members the Traveller Movement have recentlypublished a new domestic abuse good practice guide to assistengagement and support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) victims andsurvivors of domestic abuse.

Please share widely with anyone who might findthis guide helpful:

https://wp-main.travellermovement.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/2022.02.25-DA-Good-Practice-Guide.pdf

Generation Rent and HEAR Private Renting Survey

Every private renter should live in a safe, secure andaffordable home - yet too many are denied this basic right.

An upcoming rental reform White Paper is imminent - therehas never been a more important time for these renters to have their voicesheard.

With this in mind, Generation Rent and HEAR have launched aproject which seeks to better understand the experiences of private renters.

To support this important work, please share their surveywith your mailing list.

And post information about the project to your socialmedia.



Facebook

Clickthis link to share the survey to your Facebook page.

Here is a pre-written post you can use, but feelfree to make it your own:

1 in 8 of all privately rented homes in England pose aserious threat to the health and safety of tenants. And it is marginalisedrenters who face the worst conditions.

Rental reforms are coming, but we must ensure that it istenants who shape these reforms. @generationrentuk and HEAR Network havelaunched a project to better understand the experiences of renters, in the UK.

Are you a private renter? Complete their survey here. https://form.typeform.com/to/umF03rTj#id=xxxxx&demo=xxxxx



Twitter

Click here to Tweet aboutthe survey.



Why is this project so important?

These reforms could be the most substantial change toprivate renting we have seen in a generation, and it is essential that tenantsshape this change.

Recentresearch by the Common's Public Accounts Committee found that a staggering 1 in8 of all privately rented homes in England posed a serious threat to the healthand safety of tenants. And it is ethnic minority, migrant, disabled andlow-income renters that disproportionately face the very worst conditions. TheEnglish Housing Survey found that White British households were less likely tobe overcrowded than households from all other ethnic groups combined.Meanwhile, a shocking 1 in 3 Mixed White and Black African households live innon-decent homes.

Moreover,discrimination in private renting dramatically restricts the availability ofhomes to live in. The Common's Public Accounts Committee also found that aquarter of landlords were unwilling to let to non-British passport holders andover half were unwilling to let to tenants who received Housing Benefit, meaningthat migrants (who are more likely not to have British passports) andlow-income and disabled renters often have fewerchoices and are therefore forced into a more precarious situation.

So please

sharetheir survey with your mailing list. And if you want to find moreout about the project, contact Tilly@Generationrent.org.

Help improve private renting-everyone deserves safe, affordable, secure housing

The GLA recently launched some researchcommissioned by the GLA and carried out by ClearView Research into the barriersto enforcing your rights at work. The research outlines some of the challengesLondoners face when enforcing their rights in the workplace, including languagebarriers and the fear of losing your job. They will be using the research to inform work on employment rights goingforward.

Read about the research:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/communities/high-risk-no-reward-resolving-employment-rights-problems-london

New research report on enforcing your rights at work

The GLA recently launched some researchcommissioned by the GLA and carried out by ClearView Research into the barriersto enforcing your rights at work. The research outlines some of the challengesLondoners face when enforcing their rights in the workplace, including languagebarriers and the fear of losing your job. They will be using the research to inform work on employment rights goingforward.

Read about the research:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/communities/high-risk-no-reward-resolving-employment-rights-problems-london

Funding for mental health services

Funding is available for mental health servicesand associated running costs, including psychotherapy, counselling, and talkingtherapies delivered in community settings

Applications are particularly welcome forservices that support:

-racialised communities

-refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

-disabled people, including those with long termmental health conditions

-homeless people and people at risk ofhomelessness

-people leaving the criminal justice system

-LGBTQ+ Londoners

-disadvantaged older people, young people andchildren

-survivors of abuse

Find out more at:

www.citybridgetrust.org.uk

under the Positive Transitions funding

Two vacancies at REAL DPO

Our members REAL, the disabled people'sorganisation in Tower Hamlets, have 2vacancies:

Head of Programmes

Role: Head of Programmes

Place of Work: Tower Hamlets

Salary: £46,000 per annum

FTE: 1.0 FTE (1 full-time equivalent equals 35hours)

Interviews: week commencing 1 August (firstinterviews using online conferencing)

Deadline: midday on Monday 25 July

Find out more:

http://www.real.org.uk/hop/

Role: Engagement and Coproduction Coordinator

Salary: £35,000 (pro-rata)

FTE: We are recruiting both a 1.0 FTE position(35 hours per week), and a 0.8 FTE position (28 hours per week).

Contract: Option to apply for maternity cover (9months), or as a permanent employee. Please specify on the application formboth your preferred working hours, and your preferred length of position.

Deadline: 20 July 2022 at 5pm

Find out more:

http://www.real.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering/work-for-real/ecc/

New Disability Justice Funding

New Disability Justice Funding

In partnership with City Bridge Trust, Trust forLondon have launched a new £3 million fund to strengthen the voices of Deaf andDisabled Londoners.

The new Disability Justice Fund focuses onbuilding a strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable Disability justice movementin London.

Applications are now open until 3 October 2022.

Find out more here:

https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/disability-justice-fund

Digital Inclusion in London Network

Digital Inclusion in London Network

As part of its work for the Stronger Voicesproject, funded by Trust for London, HEAR hosts the Digital Inclusion in LondonNetwork

This is a group for anyone in the voluntary andcommunity sector in London, including individuals who are experts byexperience, campaigners and advocates as well as community groups and charitieslarge and small, to come together and build solidarity, have a joint combinedvoice for campaigning and advocacy, and shre information and good practice, onany aspect of digital inclusion and exclusion.

We jointly build connections across sectors, including with the LondonOffice for Technology and Innovation (LOTI), the GLA, London Councils, localauthorities, public health and private business, including broadband and phoneservice providers, in order to influence decision makers.

The group meets online every 2 months, and thenext meeting is on:

Thursday28th July, 10.30am-12.30pm

If you would like to attend, or know more aboutHEAR's work on digital inclusion please email:

christine@hearequality.org.uk

Bridging Divides for Health Equality

Bridging Divides for Health Equality

On 5th July HEAR held its first 'in person'event, where members and staff werejoined by Vicky Hobart, Gus Wilson and Karen Steadman from the health team atthe GLA to spend a half day together thinking about and discussing healthinequalities in London and what we can all do to tackle them.

After the keynote presentation from Vicky, whois GLA Group Director of Public Health,were also pleased to hear from Kush Kanodia, trustee of Inclusion London, onthe impact on disabled Londoners of the proposed expansion of the Ultra LowEmission Zone (ULEZ), and Joseph Oladosu, Director of Action for Community Development, on healthinequalities and London's black andminoritised communities.

Key issues for members during the discussions includedmental health, the threat to human rights, levelling up in London, andstructural and instituional discrimination, negative assumptions and attitudesand stereotyping

If you would like to receive copies of the slidesfrom the event, reports and other resources, or find out more about HEAR's workon health inequality, please email:

christine@hearequality.org.uk

You can access the Health Inequality StrategyImplementation Plan and accompanying documents here:

https://www.london.gov.uk/publications/health-inequalities-strategy-implementation-plan-2021-24

HEAR and the Cost of Living Crisis

On 30th June HEAR held its Annual GeneralMeeting, followed by our online Cost of Living event, where trustees, steeringgroup, members and staff were pleased to be joined by Adrian McDowell from theFinancial Hardship team at the GLA, to discuss the Cost of Living crisis andwhat the Mayor and the GLA are doing to help support Londoners, includingthrough the Mayor's Cost of Living Hub:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/communities/help-cost-living

We were also pleased to be joined by our membersNational Survivors User Network (NSUN), Stepping Stone 4 and the 4 in 10Poverty Network, to present the impact of poverty and the current crisis ontheir members and communities, including the mental health impacts, digitalpoverty and the impact on children and families.

If you would like to be sent the slides andresources from the event, or want to know more about working with HEAR onpoverty and tackling the cost of living crisis, please email:

christine@hearequality.org.uk