HEAR is a pan-equality network of London equality and human rights voluntary and community sector organisations.
HEAR is connecting and supporting equalities specialists across all equality characteristics and across London to get their voices heard, and to influence policy and the environment within which people work for equality and human rights.
We are doing this by acting as a strong and authoritative, regional pan-equalities voice and combined source of knowledge and expertise on issues pertinent to equality, impacting on the voluntary and community sector and its effectiveness.
HEAR’s values continue to be under-pinned by the conviction that those who have direct experience of inequality and discrimination are best placed to develop strategies to achieve equality. Therefor we have a strong commitment to user-led groups and promoting the voice of ‘experts by experience’.
The HEAR Network has over 800 Network Members-voluntary organisations and community groups that work in London for equality and human rights, across all ‘protected characteristics’.
HEAR works on issues that are pan-equality and intersectional, where the VCS working together can reduce discrimination and improve access. HEAR believes in ‘nothing about us without us’ and that ‘user-led’ organisations are often best placed to reduce inequality.
HEAR is funded by the City Bridge Trust through its Bridging Divides programme to better connect equalities civil society groups across London, across equality strands and across specialisms, and with decision and policy makers, to increase voice and influence and build solidarity. HEAR also continues to support the principles of the ‘Way Ahead’, strengthening London’s civil society for the benefit of all Londoners.
HEAR is also currently funded by Trust for London for Policy and Campaigns work to support our members to lobby and campaign.
We are pleased to announce that we have also just received funding from the National Lottery Reaching Communities programme and the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All for 2 new projects, thank you to players of the National Lottery for supporting our work.
HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network became a registered CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in August 2016, charity number 1168591.
Our Trustees are:
Andy Gregg (Acting Chair)
The staff and Trustees of HEAR are supported by an active Steering Group:
Age UK London
Bexley and Bromley Accessible Transport
British Institute of Human Rights
Faiths Forum for London
Micro Rainbow International
Race on the Agenda
Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership
If you are interested in becoming involved in the future of the HEAR Network, including as a member of our Steering Group or the charity, or as a Trustee, please get in touch by emailing
London For All Partnership – from April 2013 to March 2017 HEAR was proud to be part of the London for All Partnership, which was funded by London Councils and led by London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC). The other partners in London for All were LASA, Race on the Agenda and the Women’s Resource Centre. Together the London for All partners provided a wide programme of free support for London’s voluntary and community sector
In the light of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) HEAR has an updated Privacy Notice. This tells you why HEAR collects and uses some personal information, what types of information HEAR uses, what your rights are, and how to contact us about the information we collect, store and use.
Privacy Notice – please click here to read how HEAR uses personal information and how to contact us about the information we use
Complaints – please click here to read HEAR’s Complaints Policy