HEAR events and projects and members campaigns

1. HEAR Resources Webpage
Membership and Contact Details
3. Pan-equality Hate Crime Network, Charities Challenging Hate Crime
4. HEAR The Way Ahead for Everyone
5. Disabled Refugees Googlegroup.
6. LGBT Diversity – Still unheard Out There?
7. The Way Ahead-Supporting Refugees and Refugee Organisations
Mental Health Equality
9. Transport for London Access and Inclusion

10. Tower Hamlets LGBT, IDAHOBIT
11. Friday 26th May Changing Faces UK’s first Face Equality Day
12. Doctors of the World #StopSharing campaign

13. Just Fair #1ForEquality campaign
14. REAP – Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees
15.Galop Hate Crime Survey

1. HEAR Resources Webpage
HEAR are updating our website and have started to add resources to support VCS campaign, lobby and influence decision makers. As the general election looms these resources can help your organisation get your equality messages out there! Visit the resources page on www.HEARequality.org.uk or via www.tinyurl.com/HEARresources

More coming soon. If you’ve got a resource you want to share with HEAR members please get in touch HEARcampaigns@reap.org.uk

2.HEAR Membership and Contact Details

As part of our new phase of work HEAR is updating its membership list; if you receive this email bulletin your organisation is already a member of the network. If you and/or your organisation no longer want to be a member and receive mail from HEAR please email hear@reap.org.uk and we will remove your details.

If your organisation would like to find out about joining HEAR’s Steering Group and/or becoming a Formal Member of the HEAR Charity, and have more influence on how London’s VCS work together for equality and human rights and the development of HEARs work, please contact the Coordinator, Christine Goodall hear@reap.org.uk

3. Pan-equality Hate Crime Network, Charities Challenging Hate Crime
The July meeting of HEARs Pan-equality Hate Crime Network will be for VCS and statutory stakeholders, venue and date TBC. By connecting Hate Crime specialists, across all protected characteristics, to campaign to #EndHateTogether the VCS has a combined voice to tell our statutory partners in the police, MOPAC, GLA, Local Authorities and the CPS what survivors of Hate Crime need.

We ask members of the Hate Crime network to invite their local contacts. For more information or to book your place email HEARCampaigns@reap.org.uk

4. HEAR The Way Ahead for Everyone
Save the Date for this exciting HEAR event!
Tuesday 6th June 2017, 12.45pm-5pm , The Camden Centre, Kings Cross, (including networking lunch)

The Way Ahead for Everyone:
No Missing Pieces-Equality, Rights and Inclusion for the Whole Person

As part of its work to support the development of The Way Ahead, to strengthen and support civil society in London in a changing future www.lvsc.org.uk/programmes/the-way-ahead. HEAR invites you to an exciting event looking at the specific issues faced by community groups, voluntary organisations, individual activists and campaigners, public sector partners and funders when seeking to support Londoners whose identities and/or experiences don’t fit neatly into ‘boxes’ and cross boundaries of specialism and expertise.

How can we work better at a time of challenge for civil society infrastructure to make sure that nobody is missed out, and that intersectionality is not merely a word that some  of us sometimes use, but something real that we build into our practice.

To register your interest in attending please email the HEAR Coordinator hear@reap.org.uk
or call 0207 832 5817/07466 119268

5.Disabled Refugees Googlegroup
To help our members access rights and entitlements for disabled asylum seekers and refugees HEAR has set-up a Googlegroup.

Click on Disabled Refugees or email HEARCampaigns@gmail.com to join a place for NGOs working with refugees, asylum seekers and those with NRPF with long-term health needs and impairments. Share information, case studies and ask the experts. Get our briefings showing that rights for Disabled People ‘trump’ immigration law through the group and on our website www.tinyurl.com/HEARDASR

6. LGBT Diversity – Still unheard Out There?
To help increase diversity of LGBTQI+ voices lobbying for funding of specialist, user-led services, as recommended in the Still Out There report HEAR are hosting an event for Pride London for under-represented voices; Still unheard Out There?

We have a small budget for bi/pan/sapiosexual, intersex, non-binary, intersectional LGBTQI+ people and projects to present their stories, work, research or whatever else you think needs to be Out There but Still isn’t!

Please pitch us your ideas, suggestions for names, what you want to get paid to present! HEARCampaigns@reap.org.uk

7. The Way Ahead-Supporting Refugees and Refugee Organisations
Thurs 6th July 2017, (9.30) 10.00 – 4.00, Botwell Parish Centre (Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Halls) Botwell Lane (Botwell Green) Hayes UB3 2AB
HEAR will be hosting The Way Ahead-Supporting Refugees and Refugee Organisations session at REAPs What is Refuge event and AGM.
A networking conference in West London for refugee support, equality, migrant, campaigning, welcome; voluntary, community, faith and statutory bodies in West London and beyond.

More details to follow, please email hear@reap.org.uk if you would like to find out more
workshops/a discussion session at this event, watch out for more details

8. Mental Health Equality
To ensure HEAR members can influence CCGs Equality Objectives, commissioning and positive action to reflect pan-equality/intersectional local mental health needs we are arranging events for local VCS, Healthwatchs, CCGs and Mental Health Trusts.

Do you work in one of the following areas Camden, City of London, Islington, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Tower Hamlets or Hillingdon and the surrounding boroughs?

Please get in touch if you want to be involved in these events (you bring the local expertise, we bring the biscuits!) please email HEARcampaigns@reap.org.uk   

9. Transport for London Access and Inclusion
a. Safe and accessible travel for refugees and asylum seekers
Tuesday 9th May 2017, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Palestra House, 197 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8JZ.
TfL are holding a joint event with Refugee Action on safe and accessible travel for refugees and asylum seekers. Anyone who supports migrant communities can email tflaccessibility@tfl.gov.uk to be added to the attendance list.
b. IDAHOBIT event
Wednesday 17th May 2017, 6.30pm – 8pm
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia event with TfL, Stonewall, Galop and friends. Register through Eventbrite link page. The aim of the event is to increase understanding between LGBT+ communities and enforcement, and to increase reporting of any hate crime or violence. This event is open and free to anyone at all!
c.Please Offer Me A Seat campaigns
TfL have launched their ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ (POMAS) badges. Details on their website

10. Tower Hamlets LGBT, IDAHOBIT
Elop, REAL DPO and Equal Voices have joined forces for IDAHOBIT 2017 come along and enjoy, celebrate, share, learn. All events are free and open to all and include

HATRED HURTS ALL CONFERENCE, Thursday 18th May, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
The Brady Centre, 192–196 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London E1 5HU.
Contact ELOP on 020 8509 3898 or info@elop.org to confirm your attendance

11. Friday 26th May Changing Faces UK’s first Face Equality Day

HEAR members Changing Faces will be marking their 25th birthday with the UKs first Face Equality Day. The Face Equality campaign is one that aims to shape societal attitudes towards the fair and equal treatment of all; irrespective of appearance.

On this day Changing Faces will publish a report as a result of a recent survey we conducted, titled ‘Disfigurement in the UK’. The findings of which solidify our knowledge that disfigurement, as an equality issue is still overlooked in business, government, school and throughout society. The results make for difficult reading, with statistics and comments that support the claim that prejudice against disfigurement is still prevalent in modern day Britain.

We are asking organisations to show their support by doing the following

  1. Sign a pledge in support of Face Equality
  2. Wear and share our butterfly logo transfer
  3. Publicise the event and support on Social Media like Thunderclap

12. Doctors of the World #StopSharing campaign

HEAR member Doctors of the World has launched its #StopSharing campaign. They’re getting people across the UK, including medical professionals, to tell the UK government to stop using NHS patients’ personal information to track down migrants
The UK government and NHS Digital, which stores NHS patients’ data, published a deal in Januaryto give the Home Office easier access to migrant patients’ information. This allows immigration officials to get hold of patients’ personal details, such as addresses, and then to track down, arrest and deport undocumented migrants.

Patient confidentiality is essential for NHS staff to be able to do their job – and yet they have not been consulted about this deal. Concerns raised by medical organisations have been ignored and the agreement was made in secret. The deal also makes vulnerable patients scared of getting healthcare. Doctors of the World’s UK clinics regularly see people in urgent need, including pregnant women and cancer sufferers, who are afraid to see a doctor due to data-sharing.

DOTW has launched a petition with the National Aids Trust and Liberty against the deal. They will take the petition to the government and ask them to respond. If you or your organisation would like to sign the petition go to:

The “Safe Surgeries” toolkit for healthcare professionals gives GP practices concrete ways to defy the data-sharing deal by keeping their patients’ addresses off NHS records, including using the GP practice address as c/o address. All suggestions are in line with NHS guidelines.

13. Just Fair #1ForEquality campaign

HEAR members Just Fair and The Equality Trust have recently initiated a campaign together to bring the Equality Act to life. The message of this campaign, #1forEquality, is this: The Government must bring into force the socio-economic equality duty contained in section 1 of the Equality Act. Find out more about the campaign:

14. REAP – Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Friday 16th June 2017, (9.30) 10.00-1pm (then Q&A time)
Venue: TBC – UB7, UB3 or UB8
REAP, HEARs host organisation for the last years, is running an interactive training and discussion workshop for people who find themselves working with and supporting asylum seekers and refugees in West London.  To build knowledge and practice with hands-on staff, leaders and volunteers in public, voluntary or community services and support.


It is essential to book.  Please email  sarah@reap.org.uk or call 01895 441530

15.Galop Hate Crime Survey
HEAR members Galop have launched a short online survey about hate crime against LGBTI people. It aims to understand how people who report hate crime would like the police to respond. It will be used to improve work tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.


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