Data for Everyone: Using data to promote equality, 27th February, 10am-2pm.

Data for Everyone: Using data to promote equality
27th February 2020
10am – 1.15pm (networking lunch until 2pm) Registration: from 9.30 am
East London Mosque, 82-92 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1JQ

Statistical information matters to everyone. It can provide a snapshot of our society, highlighting how people live, informing decisions that affect us all and is vital for promoting equality.

Join us for a workshop to:

• discover ways in which statistical information can benefit communities and civil society

• hear examples of how community organisations have used data to create positive change

• share your thoughts on the types of statistical information and analysis that might be helpful in the future

• hear about engagement and outreach ahead of the next census

• shape the discussion around access to good quality equality data and resources

• have the opportunity to network with infrastructure organisations who use data to support London civil society

Email to reserve your place. Please include details of any additional access, communication or dietary requirements.

Spaces at this event are limited and by invitation only. Please contact on the above email address if you can no longer attend the event. A waiting list will be kept for interested parties not in receipt of an invite.


• There is no visitor parking at the Mosque and travelling by car is not advised.

• The mosque is a short walk from either Aldgate East or Whitechapel underground stations.

• Bus services stop close by on Whitechapel Road (A11): 25, 205, 254, or a short distance away on Commercial Road (A13): 15, 115, 135; and New Road (A13): D3.

8 in 10 LGBT+ people have experienced online hate

Online hate widespread against LGBT+ people, as 8 in 10 LGBT+ people report having experienced online hate to Galop

LGBT+ people face high levels of online abuse according to research by Galop, the ​leading LGBT+ anti-violence charity. The findings of this report, drawn from a survey of 700 LGBT+ people in the UK, show that:
  • 8 in 10 LGBT+ people had experienced online abuse.
  • Among those targeted, 5 in 10 had experienced online hate more than 20 times. 1 in 5 had experienced more than 100 incidents.
  • 6 in 10 were threatened with physical violence, and 4 in 10 received death threats or threats of sexual violence. 
  • As a result, 4 in 10 people used their online accounts less, while 2 in 10 removed LGBT+ information from their profiles or left social media sites altogether. 
  • Less than half reported their experiences to social media platforms, and less than 1 in 10 reported to the police.
Nick Antjoule, Head of Hate Crime Services at Galop said:
Despite progress on LGBT+ rights, online platforms remain hostile environments for many LGBT+ people. This report offers a sobering reminder of the harms caused by online hate. It targets individuals, poisons social discourse and limits opportunities to live open and fulfilled lives.
At Galop we value free speech. It is a cornerstone of our society that allows oppressed groups to speak up for our rights, even when we are considered dangerous, immoral or illegal. However, free speech is increasingly used as a fig leaf to legitimise hatred. To remedy that we hope this report will spur urgent action to create practical, legal, regulatory frameworks to tackle online hate and support those targeted.
Galop is the UK’s LGBT+ anti-violence, charity. For the past 35 years we have been providing advice, support and advocacy to LGBT+ victims and campaigning to end anti-LGBT+ violence and abuse. Galop works within three key areas; hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Our purpose is to make life safe, just and fair for LGBT+ people. We work to help LGBT+ people achieve positive changes to their current situation, through practical and emotional support, to develop resilience and to build lives free from violence and abuse.

Extraordinary meeting of London’s pan-equality hate crime network, Independence Day Friday 31st January

At the request of London’s pan-equality hate crime network HEAR is hosting an extraordinary meeting to bring together frontline civil society providers to discuss the future of funding London’s domestic abuse, hate crime, targeted abuse, ‘victims’ services and violent extremism frontline.

The agenda and discussion will be driven by attendees on the day but topics that are likely to be included are:

MOPAC and GLA transparency in tendering
Partnerships, consortia and joint working
Developing a sector-wide statement and Mayoral manifesto asks
Diversifying funding, valuing VCS expertise and sector(s) sustainability

Friday 31st January at Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road.

Please email to book your place with any access, communication or dietary needs. If you are attending please complete and return this Questions for prior to 31.1.2020 charities challenging hate crime to help prompt discussions and create connections

Date and time:
Arrivals with FREE lunch from 13.00
Friday 31st January, 13.30-16.30
VAI, 200a Pentonville Road. N1 9JP.


#EndHateTogether #NoPlaceForHate #WeStandTogether #MoreInCommon #BeLouder

Report from HEAR’s policy and campaigns officer – AGM 2020

Policy and Campaigns report HEAR AGM 2020 -Mhairi McGhee

To support equality and human rights organisations in London to influence policy and decision-makers on issues that impact on their beneficiaries; share their specialist knowledge, experience and expertise with their peers and contribute to the development of policy.”

Pan-Equality Hate Crime
Reduce fragmentation and create a stronger combined voice in London’s hate crime sector through running London’s quarterly Pan-Equality Hate Crime network, feeding expertise and expert organisations into the Law Commission hate crime law review and Equality and Diversity Forum/Equally Ours Hate Crime contact group, particularly from under-reporting and intersectional communities
Deaf and Disabled Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Increase understanding of and improve responses to Deaf and disabled asylum seekers and refugees by leading for Deaf and Disabled ‘customers’ at the Home Office NASF Equality sub-group. This year ensured a rights based, pan-equality approach was used in the production of two HO induction booklets for new applicants and delivering an event for 70+, Intersectionality in Immigration.
LGBTQI+ Diversity
Finished LGBTQI+ work. Our example working with members to raise the profile and concerns of under-heard and intersectional LGBTQI+ communities demonstrated the how and why of involving Expert by Experience and user-led VCS, and that ‘hard to reach’ is a choice by delivering a programme where the knowledge of intersex, bisexual, LGBTQI disabled, BAMER and people of faith was given primacy.
Mental Health Equality
Working with BAMER user-led organisations in the borough covered by NWL CCCGs influenced the production of Equality Objectives to reduce health inequalities through commissioning and in the implementation the NHS Long Term plan. Designed and delivered a programme of peer-learning for BAMER mental health campaigners in NWL with training from BIHR, Equally Ours, NSUN, Black Thrive and BTEG. Having worked closely with Race on the Agenda and their Healthy Lives and Healthy Minds partners delivered a workshop based on the #HardlyHardToReach campaign at their conference.
Digital Exclusion
Pulling together the experiences of digitally excluded Londoners pan-equality. The production of the “7 Deadly Sins of Digital Exclusion” a one page briefing to highlight that digital inclusion is not about having a smart phone, silver surfer training or the last mile of optic cable or free broadband but creation, curation, entertainment and choosing not to engage online. We have advised Open Data Institute, Legal Education Fund, academics, VCS on how intersectionality, poverty and privacy interact to exacerbate structural inequalities. In development are a literature review, a programme of events to improve understanding of Digital Exclusion including an event with the ONS and London Plus about the Digital First census.
Moved HEAR’s membership and mailing functions onto Interests Me
Represented London’s equality and rights sector at the first day of the Examination in Public of the New London Plan the GLA planning and housing strategy
Delivered workshop about involving Experts by Experience for Intersectional Equality at international Intersectionality conference at the University of Edinburgh
Manage HEAR’s online policy and campaigns presence including twitter, google-group, Facebook and the website
Outside P&C
Drafted Volunteer Policy to enable HEAR Network
Commissioned to produce a literature review about intersectional stigma and mental wellbeing for Thrive LDN
Delivered training as part of Awards for All training Expert by Experience campaigners
To read the full report download this pdf

Policy and campigners officer started an additional 4th day a week in October 2019 as researcher for NetEquality

London’s pan-equality hate crime network, Tuesday 12th November, 13.30 (13.00 for FREE lunch!)

Prior to HEAR’s quarterly pan-equality hate crime network between 13.30-16.30, Inclusion London are hosting a meeting for Deaf and Disabled Peoples Organisations working on hate crime (between noon and 13.00)

Book your FREE place with FREE lunch through this link . This time our meeting is open to statutory stakeholders as well as VCS. Download Charities Challenging Hate Crime AGENDA 12.11.19.

CCHC 12.11.2019 short notice

Charities Challenging Hate Crime

Easy Read paper about stigma and mental wellbeing released on World Mental Health Day

A literature review based on HEAR members’ research and expertise has been translated into Easy Read. Now everyone can read how intersectional stigma, including hate speech and discrimination, can create and exacerbate mental health support needs.

Download the Easy Read version here. At the beginning it includes easy read explanations of complex concepts like ‘intersectional stigma’ and ‘structural discrimination’.

If you need this is another format please get in touch

Please let us know if this version works for you and how we can do better. HEAR and the Expert by Experience professionals who did this brilliant (and long translation) want to know how best to communicate complicated papers like this.

What Londoners With Lived Experience Said contains recommendations for our statutory partners, based on expertise and good practice from user-led, experts by experience and frontline service providers, that when adopted with enable us all to work together for Mental Health equality in London.

Summary of What Londoners with Lived Experience Said


HEAR is Recruiting!

We are excited to announce that, due to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities programme, through the City Bridge Trust Cornerstone initiative, HEAR is now recruiting for a third member of staff to join our  team to support equality and human rights work across London.


Mapping and Networks for Solidarity and Campaigning is an innovative and experimental partnership between equality networks working with grass-roots and user-led groups across London, experts in supporting small community groups use and benefit from digital tools and skills, and partners with long experience of making connections and sharing learning through digital platforms, and using social network mapping and analysis to further community development.


The aim of the project is to co-produce with small and user-led equality organisations in London a system that uses digital tools to build and strengthen their networks, enable better connections for collaboration, campaigning and solidarity, and enhance their voice and influence. The project will also have a key aim of sharing learning throughout the project, building a repository of resources that will be made widely accessible.


Principles of equality, accessibility, inclusion and the value of lived experience are at the heart of the project.


The Role:

Mapping and Networks for Solidarity and Campaigning Project Officer

This is a pivotal role in the project, based within HEAR as the lead partner, but working closely with all other partners and the wider HEAR Network membership across London. This is an experimental and innovative project, and we are looking for someone with enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to learn new skills and approaches.


Fixed term until June 2021 with possibility of some extension

£28,500 per annum pro rata   (21 hours per week) – possibility of up to £29,500 pro rata for an exceptional candidate

Plus pension scheme


Based near Kings Cross with travel across Greater London


Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 30th September 2019

Interviews in Central London early October 2019


To apply please complete the application form and equal opportunities forms below and please do this carefully in conjunction with the below Job Description and Person Specification

No cvs please

Please let us know if you need alternative formats





Equal Opportunities Monitoring form


HEAR Application Form 2019


HEAR JD and Person Spec Reaching communities Network Development Officer



Open letter to London Mayor secured pan-equality support

In only a few days a pan-equality group of human rights and equality VCS have come together to sign a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The letter demands that London’s City Hall must do more than just ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to challenging hate crime and support the tiny charity that runs National Hate Crime Awareness Week distributing merchandise for October’s event across all London boroughs.

As Brexit impacts on community cohesion and marginalised people are at increased risk of hate crime and targeted abuse in London, Mayor Sadiq Khan must demonstrate his commitment to challenging hate crime by working to support VCS partners who drive this work forward.

Please see and share this signed open letter to Mayor Khan NHCAW. To add your support please email letter to Mayor NHCAW
Please also see this crowdfunder from National Hate Crime Awareness Week aims to encourage local authorities (police and councils), key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime issues.

NHCAW coordinate the national week. Reported hate crime has gone up 17% in the last year, it has risen 123% since 2012.

We know that there are people who have been affected by hate crime who are suffering alone and we want to make sure they know the whole of the country stands in solidarity with them.

So far NHCAW project had helped get over 211 councils involved and we need your help to get the rest on-board.

NationalHCAW is about uniting communities and sharing a message of #HOPE

Open letter to Sadiq Khan to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Members of Charities Challenging Hate Crime last week asked HEAR to draft an open letter, for them and other HEAR members to support, asking the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his deputies for Social Integration, Policing and Crime and London’s Victims’ Commissioner to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019.

A section of the letter, including our requests, is below and the entire letter can be downloaded NHCAW open letter to Mayor Khan and deputy Mayors.

To sign the letter please email your name and organisation by 9am Monday 26th August to We will continue to accept signatures and support after the bank holiday, but to guarantee your name/organisation will be included in the published letter please sign ASAP.

Please share this letter widely. A template to request support from local authorities, the police and others, that members can used to approach their contacts will be made available shortly.

Mayor Sadiq Khan and Deputy Mayors Debbie Weekes-Bernard and Sophie Linden and Victims’ Commissioner Claire Waxman

…It has come to the attention of network members that despite commitments to reducing hate crime and targeted abuse in the Mayor’s Crime and Police Plan… MOPAC and the GLA have as yet made no contribution or commitment, financial or otherwise, to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019.

…Since 2012, MOPAC has contributed a small but significant amount of money to enable the production and delivery of merchandise to facilitate hate crime awareness events across London.

This merchandise is used by City Hall, London Borough councils, the Met police, British Transport police, Transport for London, innumerable charities and social enterprises (including all those currently in receipt of MOPAC grants), schools and individuals, for their NationalHCAW events.

We the undersigned, therefore, urge the Mayor and his deputies to:

1. Immediately free up £30,000 and confirm funding so that 17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week can order, get delivery of and distribute merchandise across 33 boroughs to enable NationalHCAW to happen across London in 2019

2. Commit to sustainably supporting 17-24-30, National Hate Crime Awareness Week, the founders and organisers of NationalHCAW, with an annual contribution outside of MOPAC and GLA grants programmes, thereby treating NationalHCAW as a core-part of the work of the GLA through this small financial contribution

3. Commit to annually attending the NationalHCAW service of remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral (or sending a letter of support if the Mayor, or a Deputy is unable to attend in person) to demonstrate support for and the significance of challenging hate crime in London


Agenda for Charities Challenging Hate Crime, 13th August

HEAR’s Pan-Equality Hate Crime Network
Charities Challenging Hate Crime
Tuesday 13th August 2019
14.00 – 16.00, arrivals and networking lunch from 13.30
Voluntary Action Islington, Pentonville Road, N1 9JP

13.30 Arrivals
14.15 Introductions and apologies
14.15 Race and faith hate debate
The Law Commission is reviewing all laws relating to hate crime and targeted abuse.
Survivors of race and faith hate are technically the most protected of the ‘protected characteristics’, however, many feel the law still does not work as well as it could particularly for intersectional and unheard communities for example BAMER and Muslim women, LGBTQI people of faith, black men with mental health support needs, GRT people and refugees. We are collecting expert by experience and frontline evidence to submit to the Law Commission review and champion the need for #ParityAndClarity
15.00 BREAK
15.15 National Hate Crime Awareness Week planning
We are delighted to be joined by Mark Healey founder of National HCAW and the team. They will present their plans for October and help add your events to their online map.
Get feedback on your plans, tell Local Authorities, police and others what you want from celebrations this year and perhaps arrange some partnership, cross-borough and pan-equality events for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 12th – 19th October 2019
15.50 Any Other Business
16.00 Meeting ends

Room available for networking until 17.30
Next meeting Tuesday 12th November 2019 p.m. at Voluntary Action Islington  @HEAR_Network

Download the agenda as a word document along with a summary of the Law Commission review through this link Charities Challenging Hate Crime AGENDA 12.08.19