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 600 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 currently funded by Trust for London for Policy and Campaigns work to support our members to lobby and campaign.
HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network became a registered CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in late 2016, charity number 1168591.
Sarah Crowther (Chair)
Our Steering Group:
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
London Voluntary Service Council
Race on the Agenda
Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership
Women’s Resource Centre
Prior to receiving charitable status, HEAR was an unconstituted hosted network. Many thanks to the staff and trustees of Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership, our hosts until 31 March 2017, as well as all our previous hosts.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the future of the HEAR Network, including as a member of our Steering Group or as a Trustee, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com