Events and Training

HEAR aims, through its funded projects, and in partnership with its members, to provide a wide range of workshops, peer learning and networking and other events of benefit to London voluntary and community organisations, and those with whom they work. HEAR training, workshops and events address many different topics related to equality, human rights, diversity and inclusion.

The Policy and Campaigns project, funded by Trust for London, organises networking events to support organisations with their policy and campaigns work. Our work funded by City Bridge Trust organises a variety of events to support the development of the Way Ahead, strengthening support for an effective civil society in London. In addition HEAR Works with its members and others to put on other events on specific equality or human rights themes.

Upcoming HEAR events
Monday 9th October, 1pm, HEAR VAI tenants lunch and Charities Challenging Hate Crime
HEAR invites tenants of our new home, Voluntary Action Islington, to a lunch to introduce ourselves and our work, and promote National Hate Crime Awareness Week which starts on 14th October. We will provide a vegetarian lunch but please feel free to bring more to share! You will also be able to collect free NHCAW merchandise to help you raise awareness of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and here about nominees for the first ever #EndHateTogether award.

Come along and find out who we are and what we do at HEAR, the equality and human rights network for London. There are also limited places for HEAR members who work in Camden and Islington but who are not tenants of VAI to join us. Please email for further details or to let us know you are coming so we can organise numbers for the food!

Thursday 26th October, 2pm-5pm, Health Inequalities, City Hall
SAVE THE DATE: HEAR invites you to an event to explore how London voluntary and community sector organisations working with people from all equality groups can work with statutory sector partners to tackle inequalities in health across London, particularly where intersectional factors and multiple discrimination and accessibility barriers impact on health. More details to follow, but if you wish to register your interest in attending please email the Coordinator:

Partnership and collaboration events
Tuesday 10th October, 10am to 12pm, Haringey Networking Meeting
Wood Green Library, 2nd floor 187- 197 High Road London N22 6XD
An opportunity to present your organisation and services and network with local community and voluntary organisations and find out more about how you might be able to work with Haringey Adult Learning and Skills (HALS) Each participant will be given an approx. 3 minute slot to provide an overview of their services, location and opportunities. At the end of all of the presentations you can select which organisation(s) you wish to network with and explore opportunities for collaboration. Hosted in partnership between HALS and the HEAR Network, this meeting will be introduced by Simon Beer, Head of Services and highlight the latest priorities for the Haringey Council and what training and education courses are now available at HALS.

This is a great opportunity to meet new colleagues, find out about support available in the borough and beyond and make new links. This is the third in a series of such events, following previous successful meetings which have resulted in productive collaborations. Come along and find out more! To let us know you wish to attend please email the HEAR Coordinator Please let us know if you have any access needs. Refreshments will be served

Monday 16th October 2017, HEAR and Equality and Diversity Forum on EHRFramework
HEAR and EDF are partnering to invite voluntary sector groups and organisations in London to take part in an exciting training and support opportunity to
help you use equality best practice and human rights approaches to achieve your mission and core purpose

This is linked to the launch of EDF’s new Equality and Human Rights Framework online free equality and human rights support resource. Learning workshops take place in October and December 2017 and you need to register by 2nd October. For all the details of this great free opportunity to learn more about equality and human rights, and to register, please go to the EDF webage. Read more about the Framework here.

31 October 2017, 10am – 1.30pm, Economic and Social Rights: A Human Rights-Approach to Social Justice
Training and networking event by Just Fair in partnership with HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network, with light lunch provided afterwards. Please arrive for registration from 9.30am to ensure a prompt start. Canada Water Library, Room 3, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR immediately above Canada Water tube station-Jubilee Line. Access to housing, education, health and food are globally recognised as human rights. The UK has ratified a number of international treaties that say so, the most important of which is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. International human rights law provides a useful and innovative discourse and tools for civil society groups working on issues as diverse as welfare, child rights, non-discrimination, mental health or workers’ rights. HEAR and JUST FAIR, which monitors and advocates economic and social rights, invite you to a training event on economic and social rights.

The training will last approximately 3.5 hours, including a break and plenty of time for Q&A and debate.
The training will include the following:

  • Frequently heard myths about economic and social rights.
  • International human rights law on economic and social rights: Norms and meaning.
  • International human rights bodies and economic and social rights. What are they saying about the UK?
  • Specifically what law and policy changes do we need to secure economic and social rights in the UK? Some examples related to equality law, healthcare and social security.
  • Brainstorming: What does a human rights approach add to your work?

The training will be facilitated by Koldo Casla, Policy Director at Just Fair. Attendance is free but registration is required. To reserve your place please email the HEAR Coordinator Christine Goodall ( stating your name, organisation name, and any dietary or access requirements. This event is open to voluntary sector organisations, community groups and social enterprises based in Greater London. Just Fair Contact

Monday 27th November 2017, 2pm – 4pm, HEAR and Nia Huggett scoping meeting
Nia-Huggett Women’s Centre, Dagenham Heathway (2 minutes from Dagenham Heathway tube-District Line)
The Nia Huggett Women’s Centre and HEAR invite you to an initial meeting to explore setting up a network of disabled women and practitioners working with disabled women to end violence and abuse. Our aim is to learn from each other, share resources, best practice, and campaign to raise awareness of the experience of disabled women and girls.

Why now? We have noticed that there is a lack of joined up working in this field but also there is great experience, expertise and pockets of specialism that should be shared. Sharing knowledge will support the ability to meet the different needs of disabled women, particularly those who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, grooming and exploitation. We are aware that in many disabled people’s organisations, focus on the shared experience of disability can, in some cases, mean that the particular experiences of women are missed. Similarly, in women’s organisations, there is a need to improve the inclusion of disabled women in services and support. If you would like to participate in this meeting or would like to discuss the idea, please do get in touch. If you are aware of any activists, individuals, or practitioners who are already working in this area, or would be interested in getting involved, please do share the invitation with them.

If you would like to attend please email the HEAR Coordinator Christine Goodall Please let us know if you have any dietary or access needs

If you would like to discuss working with HEAR on a specific event or project then please contact for further information and enquiries or call the Coordinator: 0207 832 5817/07466 119268

Previous partners include:
Just Fair, Equally Ours, Inclusion London, Faiths Forum for London, Age UK London, REAP, Greater London Volunteering, Greenwich CVS, Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations, Lewisham Volunteer Centre, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Newham Forum for Health and Wellbeing, Redbridge CVS, Richmond CVS, ASCENT Partnership, London Borough of Haringey, Barnet Healthwatch, Lewisham CVS

Recent HEAR events:
#OurWayAhead-Community Action Partnership event
No Missing Pieces-the Way Ahead for Everyone
Supporting the Supporters-support for organisations supporting refugees
Quarterly Pan-Equality Hate Crime Network, Charities Challenging Hate Crime
Still Unheard Out There-LGBTQI Lives through the Prism of Diversity -Pride Fringe event
Rainbow London: Illuminating, Celebrating and Supporting Diverse LGBT Lives in London
Faith and Older Age-in partnership with Age UK London and Faiths Forum for London
Economic and Social Rights: A Human Rights Approach to Social Justice Training (in partnership with Just Fair)
Refugees: Home, Homelessness and Survival (in partnership with REAP)
Trans Awareness Training
Disabled and in Exile: Being Excluded Twice
The Gender Recognition Act
Supporting LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers
LGBT People of Faith
Disabled Refugees: Rights to Health, Mental Health and Social Care Support


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