New Exciting Free Training and Events Announced for 2017

HEAR is funded by London Councils to provide a wide range of free training, workshops and peer learning and networking events for London voluntary and community organisations. 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 also organises networking events to support organisations with their policy and campaign work.

HEAR upcoming training and events

HEAR has more exciting free training, workshops and events planned for the coming months.

1. Economic and Social Rights: A Human Rights Approach to Social Justice Training 23rd January
. Refugees: Home, Homelessness and Survival 24th January
3. Pan-Equality Hate Crime Network, Charities Challenging Hate Crime, 26th Jan
4. Rainbow London: Illuminating, Celebrating and Supporting Diverse LGBT Lives in London 30th January

5. Faith and Older Age: Making Connections 31st January
6. Bespoke Training

1. Economic and Social Rights: A Human Rights Approach to Social Justice Training
Monday 23rd January 2017, 10am-1pm (arrival from 9.30am)

Human Rights Action Centre (Amnesty International), 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA

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. After two years of discussion with government officials and evidence gathering from NGOs, last June, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued a damning report on the enjoyment of these rights in Britain, and made detailed recommendations to UK authorities. International human rights law provides a useful and innovative set of guidelines for civil society groups working on issues as diverse as welfare, child rights, non-discrimination, mental health or workers’ rights.

HEAR and JUST FAIR, dedicated to monitoring and advocating economic and social rights in light of international human rights law, invite you to a training event on economic and social rights.

The training will include the following:
International law on economic and social rights
International human rights mechanisms for economic and social rights
Nine contributions of a human rights-based approach
2016 report of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the UK

Facilitated by Koldo Casla, Policy, Research and Training Officer 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, organisation postcode, and any dietary or access requirements (Open to voluntary sector organisations, community groups and social enterprises based in Greater London)

2. Refugees: Home, Homelessness and Survival
Tuesday 24th January 2017, 9.15am to 1.30pm
Centre for Armenian Information and Advice, 105 Mill Hill Road, Acton Town, W3

A networking, information sharing and collaboration planning event for people concerned about the impact of homelessness and insecure housing and futures for refugees  and asylum seekers in London

Themes for discussion include:
Young people, mental health, housing advice, No Recourse to Public Funds/refused asylum seekers, role of faith groups, hosting projects, street homelessness

Please email if you would like to attend. Please provide details of any access or dietary needs in your email

3. Pan-Equality Hate Crime Network, Charities Challenging Hate Crime
Thursday 26th January, 13.30 – 17.30
Real DPO, Jack Dash House, 2 Lawn House Close, E14 9YQ.

In its second year London’s pan-equality Hate Crime network will be discussing how to campaign and lobby for equity in law, consider and contribute to the consultation on the Mayor’s plan for policing and crime in London from MOPAC as well as hear from what our members are doing on Hate Crime locally.

To book your place or learn more please email

4. Rainbow London: Illuminating, Celebrating and Supporting Diverse LGBT Lives in London
Monday 30th January 2017, 10am-4.15pm
Human Rights Action Centre (Amnesty International), 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

An event to support the LGBT Consortium’s Still Out There report

To support the LGBT Consortium’s Still Out There report funded by Trust for London, the HEAR London for All and Policy and Campaigns projects are holding an event to highlight the intersectional lives of London’s LGBTQI+ community. The whole day event will have space for the voluntary and community sector to look for ways of working together to improve the lives of LGBTQI people, and we will also welcome statutory sector colleagues who want to learn more.

Including a fabulous pop-up exhibition from Twilight People, Poet PJ Samuels,  and presentations from Micro Rainbow International, UKGLIG and LGBT Consortium, workshops, stalls and networking lunch.

To book your free place, please email or providing your name, organisation, organisation postcode, and any dietary or access needs


5. Faith and Older Age: Making Connections
Tuesday 31st January, 1.30pm-5.30pm
Conference Hall, Resource for  London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA

HEAR, in partnership with members Age UK London and Faiths Forum for London, invite you to a networking, information sharing and collaboration development event to think about how faith- based organisations of all types  and those that support and work with older people in London can work better together.

HEAR commissioned a research report from Age UK London and the event will share the findings of the research, and discuss with stakeholders how we might work better together.

The report covers two main linked themes: collaboration for mutual benefit between faith organisations and the wider voluntary sector, and equality of access to services for older people of different faiths.

There will be an opportunity to hear more about the report findings, and discuss the main issues raised, with the aim of promoting greater awareness and collaboration, promoting understanding and increasing equality and inclusion.

If you are interested in attending please email telling us about any dietary or access needs

6. Bespoke Training
HEAR can also provide bespoke training for groups of organisations, networks and forums in any part of Greater London

Some examples of our bespoke training:
The Equality Act and Delivering Inclusive, Accessible Services
Equality and Diversity Policies-More than just a document in the drawer!
Equality and Diversity Monitoring
LGBT Awareness-Delivering Inclusive Services
Including Disabled People in Volunteering
Visual Impairment Awareness
Deaf and Hearing Impairment Awareness

Most of our bespoke and  open booking training is delivered by member organisations with specialist knowledge to share, with a particular  focus on ‘experts by experience’ and user led services.  Contact for further information and enquiries or call the Coordinator: 07466 119268

Partners for whom we have delivered bespoke training include:
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

Members and allies events:

HEAR sometimes includes relevant partners or allies events on this page

Recent HEAR events:

Trans Awareness Training

The Gender Recognition Act

Supporting LgBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers

LGBT People of Faith

Disabled and in Exile: Being Excluded Twice

Disabled Refugees: Rights to Health, Mental Health and Social Care Support

Human Rights Approach to Social Justice

HEAR and London for All Access Award

HEAR and London for All Access Awards


HEAR’s Access Award aimed to encourage member organisations to showcase their work to make their services more inclusive and accessible for diverse beneficiaries. HEAR  defines accessibility very widely, encompassing  all the many ways in which we can make it easier for people who need our services to find out about them, know how to access them, feel welcome and included, communicate with us and experience a service most suited to their needs and life experience.


The Access Awards presentations at the recent London for All Conference at the Ort Centre in Camden Town showcased examples of good practice in accessibility and inclusion by HEAR network members in service delivery, and how small changes can have a big impact!


Delegates enjoyed presentations from Young People for Inclusion and Bexley and Bromley Accessible Transport, and the winning organisation, Solace Women’s Aid, who were presented with the Access Award by Andy Gregg, Acting Chair of HEAR, for their work  towards improving the inclusion of deaf and disabled women in domestic violence services.


For all the presentations please go to:


HEAR Launches New Policy and Campaigns Project

HEAR is pleased to announce the recent launch of our new Policy and Campaigns Project funded by Trust for London


Please watch out for further information on the project and how to get involved


You can also contact the Policy and Campaigns worker Mhairi McGhee:


for further information

Working Together for Health Equalities March 2015

In March 2015 HEAR held a major event showcasing a wide range of work by London’s voluntary sector aimed at reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing for the most disadvantaged Londoners.

At Working Together for Health Equalities more than 50 delegates heard presentations and case studies from 10 different London VCS organisations demonstrating how they tackle inequalities in health in a wide variety of innovative ways. They also heard an extremely informative keynote presentation from Lindsey Ahmet from Middlesex University and had the opportunity to attend workshops on improving communications in health delivery, learning from experience in forming consortia, partnerships, collaborative working and user involvement, and a very interesting storytelling session.



-Communications in Midwifery Services: Lindsey Ahmet

-Why is Silence Cancer’s Best Friend?: Cancerkin

-Learning English-A Gateway to Wellbeing: Wonder Foundation

-SPLIT Project-Working with Disabled Experts: Haringey Disability First Consortium

-Roma Health and Partnership with the Public Sector: Roma Support Group

-The Green Gym-A Case Study: Conservation Volunteers

-The IRIS Project-Improving Support for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse-Solace Women’s Aid

-Inequalities in LGBT Mental Health: PACE

-Abused No More-Improving Front Line Health Services for Women Refugees and Asylum Seekers: IARS

-Supporting People Excluded from Primary Health Services: Doctors of the World UK


Delegates also heard a presentation on Working with the London Voluntary and Community Sector from the Care Quality Commissiion and viewed ‘Seabreeze’, a film showcasing an innovative dance project   by Dance United.


All the presentations, case studies and workshop materials can be viewed here:

HEAR launches Intersections research project report

HEAR, the equalities and human rights network for London, has launched the results of its ‘Intersections’ research.

Photo from research contributors Centre for Armenian Information and Advice

As a network of mostly specialist equalities organisations, HEAR does not seek to work on single equalities issues, because its members are the experts, but HEAR works across all equalities strands on issues that impact on all groups and populations in London that may experience marginalisation, discrimination or denial of human rights

HEAR and its member organisations wanted to create a resource that would:

  • -showcase the work of London voluntary organisations and community groups large and small that seeks to support Londoners with intersecting aspects to their identity or experience
  • -Examine both the more theoretical and policy based aspects of intersectionality and the everyday real lives of Londoners and the organisations that work with and support them
    • -Generate more debate and action around intersectional issues and promote an intersectional approach across both the voluntary and public sector
  • To read all the outputs from the project including case studies, executive summary and more go to: