Equality and Diversity

Exeter C.A.B offers advice and resources on equality and diversity.

Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau (C.A.B.)  Wat Tyler House, King William Street

www.exetercab.org.uk or www.adviceguide.org.uk

Tel: 01392 208120 or  0844 4994101

 

Here reproduced with permission is information about ‘Other useful organisations working in Equalities and Human Rights’.

This is from page 26 of: ‘Equality and Human Rights Resources: A Good Practice Guide’ from Exeter C.A.B.

www.exetercab.org.uk/images/stories/equality-good-practice-guide.pdf

 

Below are links and information about different organisations who work with specific groups to address inequality.

They are categorised under each of the equality strands.

 

AGE:

Age Concern

Age Concern is the UK’s largest charity working with and for older people. Their website offers information, advice, campaigning issues and links to local schemes and services.

www.ageconcern.org.uk

 

Senior Council for Devon

The purpose of Senior Council for Devon is to give older people a voice and provide a way of engaging with them, listening to their views.

www.seniorcouncildevon.org.uk

 

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society lobbies and campaigns for the rights of young people through a national network of projects, research and campaigning.

www.childrenssociety.org.uk

 

SEXUAL ORIENTATION:

 

Stonewall

Stonewall campaigns for legal and social equality for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. Stonewall’s website contains research, information

and advice aimed at a range of stakeholders, including individuals, employers, the media and parliamentarians.

www.stonewall.org.uk

Intercom Trust

The Intercom Trust provides resources and help to lesbian, gay, bisexual and the trans community in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. It provides help against homophobic and transphobic prejudice, crime and discrimination (including bullying, harassment, abuse, attacks, and threatening behaviour), helping to develop the

LGB/T communities, providing professional training and consultancy, and working in partnership with local government, the police,

health, etc.

www.intercomtrust.org.uk

 

TRANSGENDER:

 

Press for Change

Press for Change is the main lobby group campaigning for the rights of transgender and transsexual people. Their website contains information on the key legislation affecting trans people, research, advice and good practice.

www.pfc.org.uk

 

SEX:

Fawcett Society

The Fawcett society campaigns for equality between women and men. Where there’s an inequality gap between women and men, they are working to close it.

www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

 

DISABILITY:

MIND

Mind provides help and services for and campaigns on behalf of all people experiencing mental distress, including challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion in society.

www.mind.org.uk

 

Living Options Devon

Living Options Devon is a user-led organisation which exists to ensure people with physical and/or sensory disabilities and Deaf people with sign language can make an active and equal contribution in society.

www.livingoptions.org/

 

Headway Devon

Headway Devon provide support for people with acquired brain injury. They also offer disability awareness training (see website for current costs).

www.headwaydevon.org.uk  or phone (01392)211822

 

Action for the Blind – Provide support to people who are blind or partially sighted. They will also offer support to employers in job retention and helping people into work who have sight difficulties.

Tel (01392)332818 or www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk

PLUSS – Offer a range of services to help disabled people into work or retain their employment. They also work with employers to help provide potential employees or to help in retaining staff who become disabled. For more information contact them on 0800 91 777 92 or www.pluss.org.uk or email them on

working@pluss.org.uk

 

Workways – Offer a range of services to help people with mental health difficulties into or to retain employment. They also help employers to retain staff who have experienced mental health problems. They will offer advice to employers.

To contact them visit www.workways.org.uk  or phone (01392) 208833

 

RACE:

Devon Racial Equality Council

Devon Racial Equality Council provides help and advocacy to BME individuals. Their aim is to promote racial equality in employment, service provision, and to combat racial hate crime.

www.devonrec.org.uk/

 

Multilingua – Provides interpreting and translation services

(charges involved)

Tel: (01392) 435385 or www.multilingua.webs.com

 

English at Work in Devon – They give 20 hours of free English lessons to employees. This can be delivered at employers workplaces if there are enough interested employees.

Their contact details are 01647 441050 or email: skills4lifeadmin@tiscali.co.uk

You may need to ask your employer to contact them, and this may be useful to other workers.

 

RELIGION and BELIEF:

Interfaith www.interfaith.org.uk – Provides information on different faiths.

 

ALL EQUALITY STRANDS:

 

Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau – Provides advice and information on a broad range of topics such as employment, discrimination.

Tel: 0844 4994101 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

 

CLS Direct: Legal and employment advice

Provides legal advice on employment, and issues relating to employment such as discrimination

advice Tel: 0845 3454 345

www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk

 

Devon Law Centre, Give advice if you have been discriminated against in service provision.

Tel:01752 519794 or visit www.devonlawcentre.org.uk

 

Equality South West

Equality South West is dedicated to promoting equality and diversity throughout the region. It works with partners to tackle discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, faith, gender, race and

sexual orientation.

www.equalitysouthwest.org.uk

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Provides help and advice on equality and human rights legislation, as well as good practice,

Tel: 0845 604 6610 or visit www.equalityhumanrights.com

British Institute of Human Rights – They BIHR aim to raise awareness of human rights in the UK.

www.bihr.co.uk

 

Liberty – An independent human rights organisation which works to defend and extend rights and freedoms in England and

Wales.

Tel: 0845 123 2307 or 0203 145 0561 www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk

 

“Fair for All” Programme: a Local Equality Scheme.

The Fair for All Programme is run by Devon County Council. This programme aims to: eliminate discrimination and harassment; promote equality of opportunity; promote good relations and positive attitudes towards all people; encourage participation in public life and take steps to meet disabled people’s needs even if this requires ‘more favourable treatment’.

www.devon.gov.uk/fairforall2008.pdf

 

Equality Bill

Information on the proposed new Equality Bill can

be found at: www.equalities.gov.uk/

 

Organisation That Can Offer More Advice On Anti-Discrimination Legislation

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission can provide help to employers on good practice, responsibilities in reducing discrimination. www.equalityhumanrights.com

Tel – 0845 604 6610

 

Business Link – Provides free business advice and support. helpline -0845 600 9006

www.businesslink.gov.uk

Discrimination and Employment

 

ACAS conciliation. This is where and independent person comes in called a conciliator to listen to both sides and work towards a solution. Conciliation is a voluntary process for both you and your employer. To find out more visit www.acas.org.uk