Invitation from Volunteer Edinburgh-Impact of Covid on Supported Volunteering 7th September

At HEAR we don't often promote events being run by non London organisations but sometimes it's appropriate, especially as we aim to 'Bridge Divides' through our funding from City Bridge Trust and sometimes it can benefit London organisations and groups to share and learn with others

HEAR is currently working with a team of researchers on a project about inclusive volunteering and disabled people, funded by Spirit of 2012, and through this work we have been asked to forward on to our members the below invitation from colleagues at Volunteer Edinburgh:

In Spring this year Volunteer Edinburgh conducted a survey of people involved in supported volunteering. This included volunteers (who had disabilities, health conditions and/or faced other barriers), referrers (from health & social care agencies), volunteer involving organisations and other stakeholders. The survey focussed on the impact of lockdown on supported volunteering. We are now running a series of events to feedback the key findings and compare experiences.

A number of respondents were from outside Edinburgh. We have arranged a meeting for people from across the UK on Tuesday 7th September 2pm to 4pm via Zoom. If you are interested in attending please contact Nick Woodhead at nick.woodhead@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk .

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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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