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:

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

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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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