About HEAR

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 funded by the City Bridge Trust to help support the development of the Way Ahead, strengthening London’s civil society for the benefit of all Londoners.


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 August 2016, charity number 1168591.

Our Trustees:

Sarah Crowther (Chair)

Andy Gregg

Lisa Redding

The staff and Trustees of HEAR are supported by an active Steering Group:

Age UK London

Ashiana Network

Bexley and Bromley Accessible Transport

British Institute of Human Rights

Deaf Plus

Faiths Forum for London

Gendered Intelligence

Inclusion London

Micro Rainbow

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 the charity, or as a Trustee, please get in touch by emailing hear@reap.org.uk

London For All Partnership
From April 2013 to March 2017 HEAR was proud to be part of the London for All Partnership, funded by London Councils, and led by London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC)

The other partners in London for All were:


Race on the Agenda

Women’s Resource Centre

Together the London for All partners provided a wide programme of free support for London’s voluntary and community sector

Visit http://lvsc.org/londonforall for more information about what we did as a  Partnership

Visit the London for All Resources page to find lots of useful research outputs, reports and past event information to support London’s voluntary sector