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 1000 Network Members-voluntary organisations, community groups and individual campaigners and people with lived experience 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 also funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for 2 exciting projects, NetEquality (funded by Reaching Communities through the Cornerstone Fund) and Stronger Together (funded through Awards for All). thank you to players of the National Lottery for supporting our work.
And we are excited to announce that HEAR has just received funding from the Covid 19 Emergency Fund through the National Lottery to conduct research on the intersectional impacts of Covid 19, we will be letting you know more soon!
Please look at our project pages for more on all our projects.
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)
Our Staff Team
From 1st July 2020 the trustees of HEAR have appointed an interim Managing Director to work with them and the staff team to take forward the development of the charity over the next 9 months. You can contact the Director at:
Christine Goodall is the Network Coordinator, contact Christine about the core work of the network, membership, partnership and collaboration, and our Bridging Divides and Stronger Together projects:
Mhairi McGhee leads our Policy and Campaigns work funded by Trust for London, contact Mhairi on:
Rebecca Turner is our Project Officer for our NetEquality project, funded by Reaching Communities through the Cornerstone Fund. Contact her at:
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:
In the light of the 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.
Complaints – please click to read our Complaints Policy and how to make a complaint
Please click for our Safeguarding Policy: