Hear’s uniqueness is in the range, size and scope of its membership, all united by one common aim of working for equality in London.

This enables a broad range of knowledge, expertise and experience that can be shared across different geographies and specialisms, breaking down barriers and helping to avoid 'silo' working.

There are currently two types of HEAR membership a - network member and a charity member.

The former is informal, and the latter has a formal role within governance and direction of the Charity, with voting rights.

Network members

HEAR’s network members range in size and scope from large national charities based in London, to regional and sub-regional specialist equality organisations, borough based organisations, small grassroots and user-led groups, and individuals.

Membership also includes faith groups, infrastructure bodies, think tanks, academics and non-specialist organisations with a commitment, and interest in, equality and rights.

Currently there are over 1000 members.

Benefits include:

  • regular bulletins on information across the Sector
  • support, tools and resources on equality and human rights.
  • training
  • workshops
  • in person and online events
  • peer learning
  • skills and information sharing
  • research and publications.

Members are able to share their campaigns and calls to action, events and recruitment opportunities across the network. 

They are encouraged to participate and have access to round tables discussions, experts, expertise, joint campaigning, lobbying and advocacy. There are opportunities to coproduce, co design and collaborate to influence policy and decision makers in the statutory and private sectors.

Network members include those working in the fields of sexual and domestic violence, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, substance misuse, immigration equality, legal advice, hate crime and digital exclusion, amongst others, as well as those focusing on specific groups such as disabled people and older people.

For those wanting voting rights, and wanting to be involved with the steer and direction of HEAR, can apply for formal charity membership. For more details please contact hear@hearequality.org.uk

Formal Charity membership

There is a formal charity membership for those wanting voting rights and wanting to be involved with the steer and direction of the charity.

There are currently 20 charity and individual members, some of whom also form part of the steering group:

  • 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime
  • 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
  • Sante Refugee Mental Health Access Project
  • Solace Women’s Aid
  • Stepping Stone 4

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