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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Round Table Invitation 14th April

HEAR is proud to be part of the Strengthening BAME Inclusion in the Arts for Health and Wellbeing project with our partners Race Equality Foundation, Flourishing Lives and others

For more information on the project click here

Join us for our second roundtable Wednesday 14th April, 2-4pm on:

Decolonising Art for Mental WellbeingDecolonising Art

Britain's imperial history has left us with traumatic legacies which the current pandemic has only served to amplify. As artists, it is important that we acknowledge, reflect on and respond to these legacies in a way which encourages wider society to engage with the issues and construct effective healing paradigms. Art's usefulness lies in its ability to facilitate visceral connections to facts, concepts and ideas; connections that stretch beyond the domain of the intellectual and into the realms of the sensual and emotional.

With this roundtable, we want to explore how and why the arts might be used as a vector for national healing. A vehicle for encouraging health and wellbeing through awareness and understanding. The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed a myriad of deeper issues that require urgent attention. We at Strengthening BAME Inclusion in the Arts for Health & Wellbeing ask what are our responsibilities as artists and as citizens in addressing these?

Join us on Wednesday 14th April 2 - 4pm with our Convenor and Chair Connie Bell of Decolonising The Archive (DTA) to explore these questions. Connie Bell is a Consultant and expert in the field of Decolonial Methodologies and has invited other experts in the field to guide us through these questions. Together, we want to better understand how the potential for equity building, accountability and inclusion inherent in creative practice can equip us to tackle the persistent issues chipping away at our collective mental health.

Supporting people to participate

We recognise it can sometimes be hard to attend events if you're self employed or work part time, if you are a volunteer for a project or are the only person working in a community organisation, so we are offering a limited amount of financial support to ensure many who want to attend are able to. For this event we can offer a £50 bursary to five participants which will be allocated on a first come basis subject to a criteria. Information is provided on booking.

Book a place at this FREE event here. Hurry, limited spaces!

 

UKLGIG Vacancies-Deadline 15th April

Our members UKLGIG have the following vacancies:

Campaigns ManagerWe are recruiting an experienced campaigner to lead our work mobilising new audiences to help change the asylum and immigration system to one that treats everyone with compassion, dignity and respect.

UKLGIG has been supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system and campaigning for their rights since 1993. We are now expanding our influencing work to include campaigning and looking for a Campaigns Manager to help galvanise a new supporter base in favour of an asylum and immigration system that treats people fairly and kindly and provides safety to those in need of international protection. This is a unique opportunity to apply your experience and knowledge of public campaigning, building relationships with allies and ensuring meaningful involvement of people with lived experience to mobilise LGBTQI+ audiences to campaign for a compassionate and caring asylum and immigration system.

You will:

  • Develop and deliver an impactful campaign strategy
  • Build relationships with potential allies and mobilise new audiences and influencers, particularly LGBTQI+ audiences, to take action
  • Ensure people with lived experience are meaningfully involved in UKLGIG campaigns.
UKLGIG is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

Owing to the nature of the work with vulnerable adults, the successful applicant will be required to undergo a basic DBS check and to disclose all unspent criminal records at the point of conditional job offer.

SALARY: Starting at £34,910 with potential annual step increases up to £38,892, plus statutory employer’s pension contribution. In addition to an annual step increase, the trustees consider giving a separate inflationary increase every April.

HOURS: Full-time (35 hours per week). Job sharing will be considered. Occasional work in the evenings and at weekends may be required when face-to-face working resumes but with plenty of notice. UKLGIG encourages staff to maintain a good work life balance and has a TOIL system in place.

CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent

LOCATION: UKLGIG’s offices are based in Borough, central London. All UKLGIG staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19. A mix of working at home and/or the office is likely for the foreseeable future. When face-to-face working resumes, there might be occasional travel outside London with plenty of notice.

ANNUAL LEAVE: 25 days per year, increasing by one day per holiday year after two years of employment up to a maximum of 28 days

CLOSING DATE: 10 am, Thursday 15 April 2021

INTERVIEW DATES: TBC

HOW TO APPLY: Please read the

job description and person specification.

Email your completed

application form and

optional monitoring form to

recruitment@uklgig.org.uk.

Operations and Office ManagerWe are recruiting our first Operations and Office Manager to support our growing team and expanding operations.

UKLGIG has been supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system and campaigning for their rights since 1993. We are now looking for an Operations and Office Manager to support the organisation’s ongoing development by leading on operational planning and reviews, helping ensure the charity has necessary systems in place, and is acting in line with policies and procedures. You will lead on HR and finance functions and oversee administrative processes to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.

You will:

  • Manage and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of systems that support delivery of UKLGIG’s mission such as office management and administration, IT and HR
  • Apply your project management skills to running UKLGIG’s annual operational planning process, and conducting regular reviews and updating plans as necessary
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to manage UKLGIG’s finances
  • Provide support to trustee meetings and a new refugee advisory group
  • Lead on UKLGIG’s HR processes, with training provided as needed in order to develop knowledge in this area.
  • Be given training to act as UKLGIG’s administrator for our database on Salesforce
  • Be provided with management training, if necessary, in order to effectively supervise UKLGIG’s Administrator/Bookkeeper.
UKLGIG is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

In line with UKLGIG’s policy on criminal records, the successful applicant will be required to undergo a basic DBS check and to disclose all unspent criminal records at the point of conditional job offer.

HOURS: Full-time (35 hours per week). Working part-time or job-sharing will be considered. Occasional work in the evenings and at weekends may be required when face-to-face working resumes but with plenty of notice. UKLGIG encourages staff to maintain a good work life balance and has a TOIL system in place.

SALARY: Starting at £34,910 with potential annual step increases up to £38,892 (pro rata if working part time), plus statutory employer’s pension contribution. In addition to an annual step increase, the trustees consider giving a separate inflationary increase every April.

CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent

LOCATION: UKLGIG’s offices are based in Borough, central London. All UKLGIG staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19. A mix of working at home and/or the office is likely for the foreseeable future. When face-to-face working resumes, there might be occasional travel outside London with plenty of notice.

ANNUAL LEAVE: 25 days per year, increasing by one day per holiday year after two years of employment up to a maximum of 28 days

CLOSING DATE: 10 am, Thursday 15 April 2021

INTERVIEW DATES: TBC

HOW TO APPLY: Please read the

job description and person specification. Email your completed

application form and

optional monitoring form to

recruitment@uklgig.org.uk

Evidence for Equality National Survey

The Evidence for Equality National Survey is documenting the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdowns, on the

lives of ethnic and religious minority people.

Evidence for Equality National Survey

If online participation is not possible, participants can choose to take part by free phone call in their community language.

Information about the survey is on the link above

Partners for Health Funding-Deadline 3rd June

Partners for Health 2021, a collaborative grants programme co-funded by the

Hospital Saturday Fund and London Catalyst, is open for applications.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for charities in London developing a response, in partnership, to improve the health and wellbeing of people with long term health conditions, disabilities and/or those who are vulnerable and marginalised.

For more information please see

P4H Flyer 2021.

P4H FlyerApplications are being coordinated by London Catalyst. Visit their website for guidance and to apply.

London CatalystIf you have read the guidance and would like to discuss a proposal, contact Victor Willmott at London Catalyst on 07530 290476 or victor.willmott@peabody.org.uk

Mayor's Bringing Londoner's Together Toolkit

A message from our colleagues in the Equality and Fairness Team at the GLA:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our city and our country, but it has also highlighted the power of relationships and local connections. Over the past year many of us have relied on the kindness of neighbours and friends for vital practical and emotional support. Never have we so clearly seen the value of strong support networks and their role in sustaining healthy and resilient communities

The Mayor’s

Bringing Londoners Together toolkit

for civil society organisations, builds on experiences of how groups brought Londoners together through the pandemic to build more resilient communities. During the pandemic, we saw communities work together and support each other like never before. The incredible response from Londoners and civil society organisations, reminds us of the remarkable strength of the community sectors in London. The toolkit aims to help organisations take stock of how they responded to the pandemic, support them to embed new ways of working and continue to build relationships between Londoners.

GLA and Young Foundation Civic Strengths Workshops in April

The Young Foundation would like to invite you to a Stakeholder Workshop where we will be exploring and defining civic strength in London to create a Civic Strength Index for the GLA and the London Recovery Board.

This will be an opportunity to come together as a diverse group of organisations from across London and across sectors to unpack, and conceptualize the various components of civic strength in London.

The workshop will involve discussion, reflection and activities centred around your experiences and perceptions of civic strength as we create a space to learn from one another.

This project is being developed under the Building Strong Communities mission of the London Recovery Board.

We hope that the Civic Strength Index will capture the unique opportunities and challenges across London’s communities and serve as a shared resource for collective insights.

The workshops will take place on:

  • 8 April, 10.30-12.30
  • 14 April, 13.30-15.30
Please express your interest in the workshops via

this form,

and The Young Foundation will be in touch with next steps.

Black Men's Mental Health- Virtual Performances 7th and 9th April

The Black Men's Consortium Presents

Kwame & the end of Lockdown 3

An Interactive Theatre Performance & Community Dialogue

During Stress Awareness Month & World Health Day 7th & 9th April 2021 7pm

Like many other BLACK Men, Kwame is living in a historical moment.

Join the Black Men's Consortium on the global stage for a virtual performance in order to connect and dialogue about how BLACK Men can move forwards with personal and collective action around their mental health.

Questions to think about:

  • How can BLACK Men survive COVID 19 and remain proactive during these challenging and uncertain times?

  • How do we ensure that BLACK Men are not the first to die in this ongoing pandemic?

  • What are the current obstacles BLACK Men face in the time of lockdown?

  • What can BLACK Men do collectively to look after their Mental Health & Wellbeing and address our current reality?

  • How can BLACK Men support and guide the next generation so that we are better prepared for civil action?



WHEN: 7.00PM (UK) WEDNESDAY 7TH & FRIDAY 9TH APRIL 2021

WHERE: Virtual Zoom

To register and book YOUR FREE TICKETS click here:

https://jus-tickets.com/events/kwame-and-the-lockdown

ALLFIE Open Letter to Gavin Williamson

The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) have asked us to share their briefing and open letter to Gavin Williamson, thinking about disabled people's rights and the Coronavirus Act:

https://www.allfie.org.uk/news/briefing/restoring-disabled-peoples-rights-coronavirus-protect-everyone-bill/

Centre for London Digital and Tech Mayoral Hustings 20th April

Centre for London are partnering with London First, Tech London Advocates and techUK on DebateTech 2021 - a tech hustings where the mayoral candidates will be asked to share their vision for London's digital future

. Book to attend this event.

Tuesday 20th April, pm

Roma Support Group Covid 19 Survey-Deadline 12th April

COVID-19 and the Roma community surveyWe know by now that COVID-19 does not affect everyone equally and that BAME communities are affected worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Underlying inequalities in health, education and work are being made worse by the pandemic and the lockdown period. Roma people are among the most marginalised in the UK, but we still know very little about how the pandemic has affected the community. We have created a survey to find out more and hope you can help us get responses.

The deadline for completing the survey is Monday 12 April.

How to help

We want local authorities to work effectively with the NHS and community organisations to support the Roma community through the pandemic, and that is why we are gathering information on how the Roma community has been affected in the last year, what support people have relied on and whether they are getting access to the healthcare they need.

We encourage distribution of the survey to Roma and anyone working with Roma communities. The survey takes roughly 5–10 minutes for someone with English language skills to complete. If you have time to include this in your work with Roma clients who do not have English language skills, even better. Please contact

ilse@romasupportgroup.org.uk

if you have any questions.