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

Resources from the ONS on the Census in Community Languages

Following our work with London Plus, ROTA and others and ONS colleagues last year on engagement with the 2021 Census, which is coming up in March, we are sharing a bank of resources from the ONS to support community groups to share information about the Census, including in a range of languages: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Farsi, Gujarati, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu

There are posters, information leaflets, postcards and other useful resources plus help on how to use them

downloadable resources pages

Influence the Government's Disability Strategy-Deadline 13th February

The Government has launched a survey to gather the views of disabled people to inform its Disability Strategy

Whilst many disabled people's organisations are dismayed at the lack of engagement with them so far, they are encouraging disabled people to complete the survey so that more voices can be heard

The deadline for completion is 13th February and the survey can be completed in sections and saved for later


Invitation-Skills Webinar on the Human Rights Act with British Institute of Human Rights 9th February

HEAR is excited to invite members to this webinar we are pleased to be co-hosting, delivered by our colleagues at the British Institute of Human Rights

On 13th January 2021, following the Conservative party’s manifesto commitment to update the Human Rights Act, the Government’s Independent Review Panel published its consultation questions. This Review is looking at how the Human Rights Act (HRA) is working in practice and whether any change is needed.

Our Upskilling Session has been set up to support campaigning groups and organisations to learn more about what the HRA is, what it means for you, your group or organisation and how you can act to protect these rights.

Join this session led by the British Institute of Human Rights for advocacy and campaigning groups, third and voluntary sector organisations if you'd like to upskill yourself on our HRA and how it works for people in everyday interactions with public services and bodies. Refreshing your knowledge of the HRA could support you or your organisation to respond to the Review or to campaign more broadly to protect our HRA. During the session you can also share your experiences with BIHR which will help shape our response to the Review, protecting our human rights here at home.

Tuesday 9th February, 10am

Via Zoom

Register to attend here:

direct registration link for the session

You can also find

landing page with all BIHR's resources about the HRA review here

HEAR will also help support responses by our members if you have limited capacity to make your own

EHRC Guidance for Service Providers on Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled People-Face Coverings

Members might find it helpful to read and distribute the guidance prepared by the Equality and Human Rights Commission explaining the legal duties of service providers such as supermarkets to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people and those with long term health conditions, following reports of shops refusing entry to disabled people unable to wear a face covering:

Read the guidance

New research report from Transport for All-Barriers to 'active travel' for disabled people and impact of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

HEAR is pleased to share a new report from Transport for All, 'Pave The Way' which is the only research that looks at the impact of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and the barriers to Active Travel, for disabled people.

Please follow this link and choose your report format.

Transport for All are happy to meet with you to discuss the report, and proposed solutions, and thank you in advance for taking the time to read it.

Active Travel should be Accessible Travel.

Micro Rainbow Vacancy- Deadline 28th February

A message from our Steering Group members Micro Rainbow:

Micro Rainbow is recruiting a part time Outreach Officer in Birmingham!

As we support LGBTI asylum seekers, those with lived experience of the asylum system and/or connections to the LGBTI community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close on February 28th.

Here are the full details and application forms:


Room to Heal Vacancy - Deadline 7th February

A recruitment opportunity from our members Room to Heal:

We are looking for a therapist / counsellor to join our team for a minimum of 6 months. 2.5 days per week, start date – March 2021

Deadline for applications – midnight, Sunday, 7th February 2021

Salary: £28,500-£31,000 pro rata (according to experience and qualifications)

Room to Heal is a human rights charity and healing community based in London. Our mission is to support people who have survived or witnessed torture and organised violence to rebuild their lives in exile, through an integrated programme of therapeutic and casework assistance. We offer a range of activities including: therapy groups, gardening, individual therapy and casework, cooking and social gatherings, and therapeutic retreats.

Room to Heal is staffed by a team of committed individuals, who work hard but also recognise that a friendly, nurturing environment is crucial for all of our well-being. By joining Room to Heal you would also become a part of a small, close-knit, multi-cultural and inspiring community and be able to see first-hand the positive changes that your work enables in the lives of survivors.

The group therapy and community activities run on a Tuesday and we have a community gathering on Friday afternoon, therefore please only apply if you are able to work during these times. Due to Covid-19, we are currently working remotely and running the therapy groups and community activities online and will return to face to face activities when it is safe to do so.

We welcome and encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and people who have experience of being a migrant in this country with lived experience of the impact of immigration policy and practices.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter, detailing your interest in the role, your relevant experience and evidence of how you meet all aspects of the person specification in the

job description.

Please send these to Elli Free, Director, via email


If you have any questions about the role please contact Elli on 07515 461745

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday, 7th February 2021

Stonewall Survey-LGBT People and Impact of Covid 19-Deadline 31st January

The Stonewall Research team have launched a survey to capture LGBT+ people's experiences of COVID-19.

The survey can be found here

and is open until 31st January 2021.

Please share this survey as widely as you can

Sheila McKechnie Foundation Vacancy-Deadline 9th February

A recruitment message from our friends at SMK:

Programmes & Events Manager

Contract: Maternity cover, up to 1 year

Hours: Full-time

Salary: £30-35K, plus benefits

Location: Vauxhall, London

Reports to: Head of Training & Consultancy

Where we are in our journey

SMK is in an exciting place right now. A few years ago, we agreed an ambition to become known as experts in social change. Our Social Power report, published in 2018, describes how social change is happening today. The tools in the report are being used widely – by change-makers, funders and policy-makers – to challenge their thinking and develop new approaches. We want to help them go further and are ambitious for what we can achieve, and how we need to grow.

We are unrelentingly curious, tracking and analysing the way that social change is shifting and sharing that knowledge so that it can be used across civil society. What we learn is built into our training and consultancy, and we learn in turn from everyone we work with. All the while, we stand up for campaigners, working to ensure they are able to shape their world.

About the role

This is a pivotal role, managing the operational engine room at the heart of the organisation. Working closely with the wider team, the Programmes & Events manager will be responsible for the efficient administration of SMK's training and consultancy services. SMK is well-known as a leading trainer of campaigners, and we have recently launched a new flexible, online training product called the 'Campaigning Carousel'. In addition, we have a programme of open training courses, and a rapidly growing consultancy service supported by a network of Associates.

In addition, you will provide operational and administrative support to our events programme, including our headline SMK National Campaigner Awards, sharing this responsibility with others across SMK. And as a small and busy charity you will also be expected to help out with operational responsibilities across the organisation where capacity allows.

There is plenty of opportunity to develop in this role. Whether it's getting involved with business development and marketing, using your initiative to improve the way we work, or contributing to developing new products and services.

How to apply

Deadline for applications is 9am 9th February 2021. Interviews are expected to take place 15th and 16th February 2021 via Zoom.

For more information please download the full job pack


BTEG Survey Young People - Work and Education-Deadline 31st January

Our members Black Training and Enterprise Group want to understand the experiences of young ethnic minority people in Britain today and what matters when it comes to education, jobs, and apprenticeships.

They are

conducting a survey

of young people aged 15 to 24 from an African, Caribbean, South Asian, South East Asian, or mixed ethnic background? Closing date 31st January

Please share this survey