HEAR partners with Changing Faces to challenge #VisibleHate

HEAR is delighted to partner with Changing Faces to highlight that for too long, people with facial disfigurements or visible differences have been putting up with hate, whether verbal, physical, or mental abuse, because of how they look. It’s time to break the cycle of #VisibleHate

Did you know that if someone has harmed or abused you either physically or verbally because you look different, then that may be a hate crime or hate incident?

The charity Changing Faces has just launched a set of new films of Experts by Experience to highlight how hate crimes affect people with visible differences – check them out

There’s a link here to view & share today with the hashtag #VisibleHate along with their great resources at http://www.changingfaces.org.uk/hatecrime explaining the law and how to report hate crime to break the cycle.

Targeting people because of a prejudice on the basis of a mark, scar or condition that affects appearance, including birthmarks, burns, craniofacial or congenital conditions (meaning a condition you are born with) , paralysis, acne or eczema, hairloss or differing appearance due to cancer or another disease, could be Disability Hate Crime.

Speak up, speak out, together let's stop it

1 in 3 people who look different have been a victim of hate crime. Break the cycle of visible hate

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Meeting on BMER Mental Health in Hounslow

HEAR, the Tamil Community Centre, Ilays – Somali Community Centre and Race on the Agenda are inviting BMER community organisations in Hounslow for a meeting on campaigning for mental health service provision in Hounslow for Black, Asian, refugee and other minority ethnic communities.

The meeting will take place on:

Tuesday 6 March, 14.30-18.00
Tamil Community Centre, 359 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, TW3 3SQ.

The meeting will be the first of three. The second is scheduled for 5 April 2018, 14:00 – 17:00 at the Tamil Community Centre, 359 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, TW3 3SQ and will be open to BMER community organisations across West London. The third session will take place in May 2018. Further information will be provided on these soon.

Participants will:

  • Discuss what is needed for Hounslow communities’ mental health equality
  • Decide on what to ask from the CCG, MHT and Local Authority
  • Plan the next steps of their campaign

If you have knowledge of the mental health needs of BMER people in Hounslow you can register by emailing campaigns@reap.org.uk or laurie@rota.org.uk. Places are limited so please tell us you want to come along with any access or communication needs.

We promote user-led projects and Experts by Experience.

Introduction to Deaf Hate Crime -28th Feb – last few places

DeafPLUS, a charity supporting Deaf and hard of hearing people, and HEAR have developed workshops to help raise understanding of D/deaf targeted hate crimes.

The workshops are part of a project aimed at increasing awareness of Deaf Hate Crime amongst Hard of Hearing people and will work to gather evidence via questionnaires of peoples’ understanding and experiences of Hate Crime that will be used by the Home Office to develop policy on D/deaf/hard of hearing Hate Crime. The workshops aim to educate participants on the legislation surrounding hate crimes, how to identify when it happens and what can be done about it.

A workshop for deafened/hard of hearing participants will be taking place on Wednesday February 28th 2018 from 12.30 to 4pm at Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.
A loop system will be in place for hearing aid/cochlear implant users, and lipspeakers will also be provided.

A number of openings are still available, so to book your place please get in touch with Geraldine O’Halloran using geraldine.o’halloran@deafplus.org or by telephone at 0207 791 0105. Be sure to let her know of any other communication support you may need.


Asylum Seekers with Care Needs guidance – have your say!

Do you want to know more about the rights and entitlements of Deaf and Disabled refugees?

Do you want to add your expertise to HEAR’s work with our members to promote the fact that rights of disabled refugees (including those with no recourse to public fund, sometimes called ‘refused asylum seekers’ ) trump immigration law?

Do you want to give your thoughts to the Home Office/ UKVI about updated guidance, policy and procedure?

Did you know that those of us with Mental Health Support Needs, MS, or CP, people who have living post-stroke or with cancer or HIV, people with visual impairments, Deaf, deaf and deafened people, people with Down’s, autism, or PTSD are ALL DISABLED PEOPLE UNDER UK LAW?

We are a big, beautiful and diverse community so there’s always more to learn, and Experts by Experience to learn from.

Join our Disabled Refugees googlegroup to have a look and add your expertise to this important work.DASR google group

Have your say on the London Plan and equality-City Hall 5 Feb

London Plan Equalities Event

Monday 5th February, 2 pm-5 pm
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2AA 

We invite you to an event to explore how the Mayor’s London Plan  tackles inequalities across London. The event is hosted by Just Space, “Our Way Ahead”, HEAR and a number of other equality networks.

The aim is to raise awareness of what the London Plan proposes and support each other in making representations on this very significant document. The event is for members of equality networks, user  groups that are equality based and community groups that experience social inequality, human rights campaigner and equality activists.

Many of the problems Londoners face are cross-cutting, intersectional and require an integrated approach.
The event is in collaboration with the GLA as part of their consultation on the London Plan. To register your interest in attending, please email the Just Space Coordinator stating your name, your organisation’s name, from whom you received the invitation, and any access requirements at richardlee50@gmail.com

City Hall is wheelchair accessible, BSL interpreters and palantypist can be supplied  if we receive a request in time, please let us know as soon as possible

Places are limited and we will allocate spaces to ensure a breadth  of engagement from across the various equality networks

Refreshments will be served.

Confirmation, and agenda and further information will be sent by   Just Space so please direct enquiries and bookings to


We look forward to seeing you —

Changing Faces – Hate Crime Survey and Working Group

Changing Faces has recently secured some funding from the Home Office to develop a campaign for the disfigurement or visible difference community to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it if they or a friend or family member are affected. A really important piece of work on an issue that needs much more focus and HEAR are delighted to work with them.

Take part in this survey www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PTSJQ/ to help us get an idea of the problem and what to do next.

The charity is also looking for some experts, individuals with personal experience along with various other individuals from across the field to join a working group for the campaign.

Working group members can input into one or more of the following:

–          Sharing knowledge of hate crime – recognising and reporting

–          Sharing ideas on how to empower people to report hate crimes

–          Sharing personal experiences from an individual’s perspective or on behalf of a family member

–          Input into creative assets including the film and accompanying social media campaign

–          Input into guidance for people with disfigurements to report a hate crime and appropriate signposting to services/support

–          Help to disseminate the creative assets and guidance

Time commitment:

–          3 working group meetings at the Changing Faces head office between January and July

–          Occasional calls/emails throughout the course of the campaign

Travel will be paid for along with refreshments provided at meetings

 For more information please contact the Changing Faces Campaigns Officer, Phyllida Swift on phyllidas@changingfaces.org.uk or02073919271

Mental Health Equality – 4th December

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Mental Health Equality in London
Mahatma Ghandi Hall, Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, Bloomsbury, W1T 6AQ
Monday 4
th December 2017, 10am-4pm







Introduction to HEAR, aims for the day and housekeeping

Mhairi McGhee, Christine Goddall
HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network


Using Human Rights in Practice

Helen Wildbore
British Institute for Human Rights (BIHR)


Experts by Experience; employing expertise

Sarah Yiannoullou, Dorothy Gould
National Survivor User Network (NSUN)


Questions and answers




Together Everyone Achieves More

Sally Kirkpatrick, Laura Giuliani

Public Voice EbE


Active Lives and Healthy Minds

Laurie Ljinders
Race on the Agenda (ROTA)


Community Mental Health Advocates

Zamzam Hussain, Khadra Diria


User-led co-production in commissioning

Raksha Pandya

Harrow User Group (HUG)


Questions and answers




Social prescribing for mental wellbeing

Bert Roman
Move Me






Using human rights to challenge

Helen Wildbore, BIHR


Commissioning for migrant communities

Emily Danby, MIND in Harrow


No stigma; a manifesto for BME mental health



Campaigning for Mental Health Equality

Laurie Ljinders, ROTA


Art as social prescribing

Ash Kotak


Feedback from workshops



www.HEARequality.org.uk www.tinyurl.com/HEARMH @HEAR_Network
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Winner of the #EndHateTogether award

Winner of the #EndHateTogether award – Inclusion Barnet and Barnet Metropolitan Police Service
User-Led Hate Crime Training developed by Inclusion Barnet and the Metropolitan Police Service has won the first ever HEAR #EndHateTogether award. The project has trained over 300 Police officers from Emergency Response, Neighbourhood Policing and CID and contributed to a 700% increase in reports in Disability Hate Crime. Congratulations Mahmuda, Michelle, Michael and everyone involved!

EndHateTogether PS M RichardsA/PS Michael Richards Disability Hate Crime Liaison Officer who nominated the project said:
“I am most proud of the relationship that we have been able to build between Inclusion Barnet and Barnet Police. Mahmuda, Michelle and their colleagues from Inclusion, as well as from the variety of charitable support centres, have been an inspiration and have worked tirelessly to keep the momentum of the project from its infancy in January 2016. The Borough of Barnet is in a significantly better place when it comes to recognition and understanding of all Hate Crime and specifically Disability Hate Crime”

EndHateTogether C Collier speech bubbleCaroline Collier CEO of Inclusion Barnet says of the win:
“I am delighted that the work of our hate crime project and it’s innovative joint working with Barnet Metropolitan Police Service has achieved this award. ‎ People’s Choice, our learning disability self-advocacy team, have done some amazing training and it’s great to see this recognised. I’d like to say thanks to our partners at the Met, our funders at Trust for London, the HEAR Network and everyone who voted for us”

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 healthinequalities@london.gov.uk marking the subject ‘Resources’ or complete the online survey.    Please contact Jill (Jill.Wiltshire@london.gov.uk) if you would like to discuss this.