Join the Digital Inclusion London Network!

HEAR convenes the London Digital Inclusion Network, a network for any community group, charity or individual campaigner or expert by experience for whom tackling digital exclusion and digital poverty is important.

The network members meet online approximately every 2 months to share knowledge, insights and information, learn about good practice and new resources that can support their work, and to support joint campaigning and lobbying.

In recent months issues we have covered include:

Access to digital skills, especially for those often neglected in outreach, e.g. older people

Access to free or low cost devices

Access to free or low cost data, calls and texts, home broadband (including improving access to social tariffs)

Provision of alternatives to digital as a right, not an 'optional extra'

The impact of the reduction of use of cash on specific groups, including homeless people, older and disabled people

The importance of social infrastructure, for example libraries, community centres

The impact of digital exclusion on the ability to access health services, jobs, benefits

Digital privacy and issues of trust

And much more.....

If you would like to join our dedicated Digital Inclusion mailing list and/or attend one of the meetings please contact:

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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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