FREE event on Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy -26th October, 2-5pm

Working Together for Health Equality in London
Thursday 26th October, 2pm-5pm
Committee Room 5, City Hall
HEAR invites you to an event in partnership with colleagues at the GLA 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.

As part of the consultation on the Mayor’s Health Equality Strategy, this is your opportunity to contribute your views, identify gaps in provision and existing inequalities, discuss solutions and share good practice with colleagues and GLA officers.

Your chance to speak directly to  the GLA about your experiences, the needs of the people you work with and what we might do together to tackle health inequality.

A presentation by GLA colleagues will be followed by case studies from HEAR members and focused workgroups on topics important to participants and those they work with, focused on the Strategy document and what the Mayor can do to support your work.

The event will have a strong pan-equality and intersectional theme, and we want to encourage participation from   across all equality strands; we also recognise the importance of hearing  from user-led groups and ‘experts by experience’. Please circulate this invitation as widely as possible.

If you would like to reserve a place please email the HEAR Coordinator:

remembering to say if you have any dietary or access needs

Please see below more details about the Consultation-

A message from the GLA about the Consultation:

We are delighted to be able to share with you the Mayor’s draft London Health Inequalities Strategy – Better Health for all Londoners for consultation. The consultation period will run until 30 November 2017.

Despite having made a great deal of progress in recent years, health inequalities in London remain high. This reduces productivity and impacts on people’s quality of life.  Healthy life expectancy varies both between and within boroughs. The strategy sets out the Mayor’s ambitions and proposals that will help create a healthier and fairer city.

We want to work with Londoners themselves as well as the public and private sectors to help us achieve these ambitions and would welcome your feedback to finalise this strategy. We don’t just want to know what you think, but how you can help, what you are already doing, and what the Mayor could do to help you do even more.

The link to the strategy is


You can respond to the consultation by;

Providing your comments and feedback via the online consultation survey at:

We have also commissioned an Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) on the draft Strategy, also on the

website, and we would welcome your views via the

survey, on the impacts that have been identified and whether you feel anything is missing.

A Pledge website portal will also go live soon where you can tell us what you plan to do to reduce health inequality in London
If you would like to discuss the draft London Health Inequalities Strategy with your colleagues, we can send you some resources that you can use in your own meetings.

You can then submit your summary of the discussion to marking the subject ‘Resources’ or complete the online survey.    Please contact Jill ( if you would like to discuss this.


Vote for the 1st #EndHateTogether Award

To promote and share good practice in challenging Hate Crime HEAR has set-up an award for excellent and innovative London projects working across equality, across sector and across communities to #EndHateTogether.
Nominated projects are:
1. Disability Hate Crime MATTERS a partnership between Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The number of disability hate crimes recorded by the police in 2014 was approximately 120. In December 2016 the number of disability hate crimes recorded by the MPS rose to nearly 800 due to the Disability Hate Crime MATTERS project. A dramatic impact!
2. Tower Hamlets Hate Crime Champions Project recruits local volunteers to go out into the community raising awareness on hate crime and increasing the local community’s confidence to report hate crime. The project has recruited 71 champions reaching in excess of 50,000 people including hard-to-reach groups who often suffer in silence such as disabled residents, Asian deaf women, refugees and newcomer communities, non-English speaking groups, and faith, gender, drug-user, LGBT and elderly communities.
3. User-Led Hate Crime Training co-produced and co delivered by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Barnet and Inclusion Barnet. The project has trained over 300 Police officers from Emergency Response, Neighbourhood Policing and CID. From an average of 5 reports of Disability Hate Crime per year, 2016-37, 1st half 2017-16 reports. This is a 700% increase!
Further details on all projects available here

HEAR members vote by emailing with the name of your favourite project in the Subject Line by Friday 13th October. Winners will be announced during National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

HEAR partners with EDF on exciting new learning programme about equality and human rights!

HEAR is pleased to be working in partnership with the Equality and Diversity Forum to bring our members and other London voluntary organisations the exciting opportunity of free support and training to improve your equality practice and understand and use human rights approaches in your work

Go to our Events and Training page or straight to the EDF website:

to find out more! Register by 2nd October

Nominations open for the 1st ever #EndHateTogether award

In 2016 HEAR set-up London’s pan-equality Hate Crime network, it now has over 100 members, charities and community projects working to challenge Hate Crime and targetted abuse in London, across all equality streams.

To promote and share good practice HEAR has set-up an award for excellent and innovative London projects working across equality, across sector and across communities to #EndHateTogether. Nominated projects will be voted for by HEARs 600+ members and the winning project will be announced during National Hate Crime Awareness Week 14th-21st October 2017.

To nominate a project complete the form and send to by 11th September 2017.


Disabled Refugees Googlegroup

DASR google group

Did you know…
People with mental health support needs are ‘disabled’ too?
Like Children’s Law, protections for disabled people ‘trump’ immigration law!?
Refugees and Asylum Seekers are exempt from healthcare charges

To help our members access rights and entitlements for disabled asylum seekers and refugees HEAR has set-up a Googlegroup.

Click on Disabled Refugees or email to join a place for NGOs working with refugees, asylum seekers and those with NRPF with long-term health needs and impairments. Share information, case studies and ask the experts. Get our briefings showing that rights for Disabled People ‘trump’ immigration law through the group and on our website

HEARs pan-equality hate crime network, 2nd August, #endhatetogether

Hate Crime CCHC network 2.8.17

HEARs Pan-Equality Hate Crime Network
Charities Challenging Hate Crime
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Real DPO, Jack Dash House , 2 Lawn House Close, Isle of Dogs, E14 9YQ

In our members’ continuing work to #EndHateTogether our August meeting is open to VCS and statutory partners. 

We will have presentations on work in London and nationally, that challenges Hate Crime and targeted abuse. We will also be looking forward and planning for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 14-21st October.

We are delighted to be working with NHCAW and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in this partnership event. We are hosted by Real DPO.
For more information or to book your place email
Booking with access and dietary needs required.



What is refuge? refugee networking conference – 6th July

HEARs wonderful host organisation, Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership (REAP), is holding another of its wildly successful networking conferences on Thursday 6th July 2017, for those working with refugees, asylum seekers and those with ‘no recourse to public funds’ in West London

HEAR will be running a number of workshops on the day. Followed by a homemade Cream Tea fundraiser!!!!

What is Refuge? Refugee Networking Conference
REAP’s Annual Conference and AGM, Hayes UB3 2AB  All Day:  Free
How to find the conference venue
Workshops on themes such as
Language and Interpreting, (3 workshops)
Mental and Emotional Health and Refugee Access, (3 workshops)
Supporting the Supporters (HEAR / The Way Ahead) (3 workshops)
Home, Homelessness, Destitution and Survival (1 workshop)
– Hate into Refuge
– Welcome and Wellbeing
– Guidance on Community Care Assessments (MTG Solicitors)
Also 4pm REAP’s Traditional-Cream-Tea-REAP-Fund-raiser, and 5pm REAP AGM
What is “refuge”? A place without violence, discrimination, persecution, fear. A place where you can be who you are, grow, nurture your children or family as you want to as long as it does no harm to others. ‘Refugehas to be created – it can’t just be stamped on a bit of paper.
Refuge’ is a place where it won’t happen again.

  Language and Interpreting Workshops Mental and Emotional Health Workshops Support for Supporters Other ideas welcome
AM1 What is ‘refuge’ without communication? – English, interpreting, integration Clarity on Refugees’ Rights and Entitlements to Health and Mental Health services. The Way Ahead, 1. Helping individual refugees  
AM2 Interpreting and Access to health, education, advice and life-building services. Transforming access to Mental & Emotional Health Including young refugees. 2. Helping organisations that support refugees. Home, Homelessness, destitution, survival Follow up to Jan event
PM3 Working as an interpreterHow are interpreters treated by public services+ agencies? Refuge as Welcome – What role do we have in inclusion, welcome and wellbeing? 3. Links with each other, across sectors Turning Hate into Refuge – tackling hate-crime in the UK

At Botwell Lane Parish Centre (Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Halls)
PLUS 4pm-5.30pmCream Tea’ Fund-raiser (Full Cream Tea £5) 5pm-6pm REAP AGM
TO BOOK email your name/s, role, organisation, any access needs.
For full
details please see

This event is FREE but unfunded. We will be grateful for donations of £2 per person towards lunch. Please make a donation if you can help us cover the costs of the event.


#PrideFringe – engagement not erasure

HEAR is delighted to be able to welcome presentations from Experts by Experience Intersex UK, Micro Rainbow International, Rainbow Head Youth, Rainbow Pilgrims, UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group Christopher Geake and Bis of Colour at our Pride Fringe event tomorrow; Still unheard Out There – Making Rainbows Through the Prism of Diversity. Download an agenda here

#Pride2017 #RainbowLondon #PrideFringe #LoveHappensHere

This event is full.
HEAR look forward to continuing this work, promoting the Still Out There report and improving connections between under-represented and intersectional LGBTQI+ people and projects and the broader LGBT sector in London.

If you are interested in learning more about our presenters or HEAR and our members’ work please email

Making Rainbows through the Prism of LGBTQI+ Diversity – 30th June

HEAR FREE LGBTQI Diversity event – Still unheard Out There – 30th June, 1pm-5pm

During Pride in London fortnight HEAR is holding a Fringe event:

Still unheard Out There – Making Rainbows through the Prism of LGBTQI+ Diversity LVSC, 200a Pentonville Road, N1 9JP
30th June, 1pm-5pm

To book your FREE place with lunch please email including any access or dietary needs

FREE event – No Missing Pieces-Equality, Rights and Inclusion for the Whole Person

HEAR The Way Ahead for Everyone
No Missing Pieces-Equality, Rights and Inclusion for the Whole Person

Tuesday 6th June 2017, 12.45pm-5pm , The Camden Centre, Kings Cross, (including networking lunch)

As part of its work to support the development of The Way Ahead, to strengthen and support civil society in London in a changing future HEAR invites you to an exciting event looking at the specific issues faced by community groups, voluntary organisations, individual activists and campaigners, public sector partners and funders when seeking to support Londoners whose identities and/or experiences don’t fit neatly into ‘boxes’ and cross boundaries of specialism and expertise.

How can we work better at a time of challenge for civil society infrastructure to make sure that nobody is missed out, and that intersectionality is not merely a word that some  of us sometimes use, but something real that we build into our practice.

To register your interest in attending please email the HEAR Coordinator
or call 0207 832 5817/07466 119268