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

HEAR’s Pan-Equality Hate Crime Network, Charities Challenging Hate Crime
Tuesday 12
th February 2019, 15.00 – 18.00
Voluntary Action Islington, Pentonville Road, N1 9JP
Speakers including Tower Hamlets No Place For Hate, Hate Crime Champions, #EndHateTogether award winners and Rene Cassin, new online hate crime project. NEXT MEETING TUESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2019 AGENDA

Friday 7th September, 9.30am-1.15pm (Lunch/networking 2pm)
Working for Equality with the GLA and Statutory Sector colleagues: Achievements and the Way Ahead for Influence in Decisions and Policy

London’s Living Room, City Hall

Come along to the fantastic environment of London’s Living Room at the top of City Hall to help HEAR celebrate achievements and good practice in working with the GLA and other statutory sector services and colleagues, and plan how equality and rights civil society organisations, groups and campaigners can have an effective and stronger voice in what happens in London to support equality and tackle discrimination and disadvantage.

The event will include feedback from HEAR members on the Mayor’s recently published Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and discuss how equalities groups in London can more effectively influence decisions and policy.
Good practice examples will include:
Dipen Rajyaguru, Assistant Director for Equality and Patient Involvement, CWHHE Clinical Commissioning Groups and colleagues from the voluntary sector will talk about work to improve access to mental health support for BME Londoners

Inclusion Barnet and Barnet Police will talk about their work together tackling hate crime. The event will also include a presentation to Barnet Police of the #EndHateTogether Award

The event will be followed by a networking lunch. If you would like to attend please email Don’t forget to let us know about any access needs or dietary requirements!

Wednesday 12th September, 1.20pm-5pm
Networks and Mapping for Campaigning and Solidarity
Roding Building, London Metropolitan University,Holloway Road

Purpose: To consider how physical and virtual networks can enable collaboration, campaign sharing and building solidarity amongst civil society organisations, groups and campaigners working for equality and rights and to tackle discrimination and disadvantage.
The afternoon will include:

Why mapping is important for campaigning and solidarity and what kind of mapping facilitates this?

Philosophical and historical views on maps, concerns about control, ownership and power

Why and how physical and virtual networks and mapping complement each other and the value of each

Demonstration of a map and how small grassroots groups can interact with such a map with minimal resources or knowledge

What else is going on in London about networks

A Community of Practice? would this be useful and for whom?

If you would like to book a free place or would simply like to know more about the event please email:

If you want to attend please remember to let us know if you have any access needs or dietary requirements (Lunch will be provided). This event is organised by the HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network in collaboration with many of our colleagues and partners, and funded by City Bridge Trust

8. Wed 19th September, 9.30am-3.30pm
Working Together for Equality in London: Collaboration, Partnership and Solidarity
The Blue Hall and Penton Room, the Lift, Angel, N1

As part of our celebrations to mark our funding from the City Bridge Trust to support the development of the Way Ahead, you are invited to a day of sharing and planning for future collaboration, highlighting all the many ways that we in civil society working for equality and rights collaborate and form partnerships – with each other, with people with lived experience, with funders, with people with different specialisms, with academics, with colleagues in other parts of the world, and many more-collaboration and partnership is the fundamental way we get stronger and learn in civil society-please join us for this important event.

Confirmed sessions:
Micro Rainbow, about their provision of safe accommodation for LGBTQI asylum seekers and their collaboration with a private law firm to help make this possible
Ashlee Christoffersen, Edinburgh University, on her research on how intersectionality and pan equality working is made real in civil society organisations
Kim Bryan, Living Waters Community in Trinidad will explain some of her work supporting refugees and women surviving domestic and sexual violence
Margaret Cooney, CEO of the new ‘hub for London’, London Plus, will talk about what the new organisation plans to do to support partnerships and collaboration in civil society in London
Jenny Field, from City Bridge will talk about how the Trust is supporting innovative and creative collaborations through their Cornerstone Fund 19th

We will also look at collaborations and partnership with funders, service users and experts by experience, and between different civil society organisations
If you would like to attend please email

Let us know about any access needs or dietary requirements! Lunch will be provided and there will be a networking tea at 3.30pm following the event

Monday 12th November, 12.30 (arrivals), 13.00-16.00
HEARs pan-equality Hate Crime Network, Charities Challenging Hate Crime
Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road. N1 9JP.

Follow up from National Hate Crime Awareness Week, report back from the vicimts commissioner and next steps in the Parity campaign. To suggest items for the agenda or to book your place please email with your access and dietary needs.


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


Previous partners include:
Just Space,
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, Waltham Forest Healthwatch, Equality and Diversity Forum

Recent HEAR events:

Deaf and Disabled Refugees, Strategic Expert Group
#OurWayAhead London Plan Consultation
Refugees: Home, Homelessness, Destitution and Survival
#OurWayAhead Better Health for All Londoners
Working Together for Health Equality in London Mayoral Strategy consultation event with the GLA
Haringey Adult Learning and Skills VCS Networking Meeting
Hate Crime Awareness Week Lunch and Learn
Working Together for an Inclusive London Mayoral Strategy Consultation event with the GLA
#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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