News and up & coming events


MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2 – 4.30pm

NEW HALL, GANTS HILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH (Entrance in Ethelbert Gardens, IG2 6UN. Accessible)

 The forum seeks to bring organisations, professionals and activists in different equality strands together in order to:

·         Exchange information and learn from each other

·         Reduce barriers between communities – raising awareness, understanding and challenging myths

·         Promote Equalities & Human Rights

·         Lobby & Campaign to challenge inequalities

·         Contribute to consultations by the council and other statutory bodies especially where they impact on equalities.

Our Guest Speakers will be  William Durham and Craig Perryman from the London Team of Governors for Schools

Naturally they will be giving us a presentation about how to become a school governor, the role of a school governor and so forth.

You will note that the venue is the same is we have had in the past for the Forum but our office has moved to the address below – same phone number and e-mail.

Redbridge Equalities and Community Council

Room 203, 2nd Floor, Heraldic House

160-162 Cranbrook Road

Ilford, Essex IG1 4PE

Tel: 020 8551 8178


Please come and join us for our next up and coming General  meeting on the





The Lammy Review is an independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System.  It was led by David Lammy MP and commissioned by the Government under the then Prime Minister David Cameron.  The Review makes disturbing reading, exposing inequalities in terms of how both suspects and victims of crime fair in the system.

We are very pleased to have Dr. Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust to speak to us about the Review and what should be done to change things for the better.

The New Hall is at the back accessible and there is a car park next to it.

Doors will open at 7pm and light refreshments will be available.

For further information ring 020-8551 8178 or e-mail .


Because of new legislation and regulations around data protection you need to tell us if it is alright for you to remain on our contact list and continue to receive notices about events organised by the RECC. So please let us know by e-mail or by letter to RECC Gants Hill United Reformed Church, 39 Woodford Avenue, Ilford Essex IG2 6UH. or when you come to our meeting.  We need to know before 25 May 2018 at the very latest, when the new legislation comes into force.



Please come and join us at Race Equality Scorecard RECC General Meeting promoting Equality a Tonight Monday  20th November 2017

How equal are Black & Ethnic Minority people in Redbridge?  Is the situation improving or getting worse?  Farah Elahi, who has been researching for the Runnymede Trust, will speak to us about key indicators with regards to Education, Employment, Housing, Health, Criminal justice, Civic participation and support for the BME voluntary sector and how different ethnic groups are doing.  This work will soon be published by Runnymede along with the same exercise in Kingston and Croydon.   The same thing was piloted in these three boroughs in 2013 so we can see if there are any significant changes.

Redbridge Equalities & Community Council has provided a commentary on Farah’s results which will be included in the publication.

Come and join us !



 20th November 2017

 (7:30pm – 9:00pm)

 Venue and Car park

New Hall

Gants Hill United Reformed Church

Ethelbert Gardens

 Ilford, IG2 6UN.


Disabled access and Car park.

Doors open 7 pm.

Light refreshments will be available

For further information ring 020-8551 8178 or e-mail



Redbridge Against Hate  -Hate Crime Awareness Week Event 16th October 2017


Did you know that over the last year there were 578 hate crimes reported to the police?  That is up 17.5% on the previous year.  That is the tip of the iceberg.  Many people do not report to the police or to any other body.  

But what is a hate crime?  It is a crime motivated by prejudice against a particular group of people.  Imagine you are shouted at, threatened, hit, beaten up, had a brick through your window, your house set on fire because of the colour of your skin, the country you were born in, where your parents were born, the language you speak, you are a migrant or refugee, because you are in a wheelchair, cannot see very well, have difficulty speaking, hearing, seeing, have a mental health problem or learning difficulty, because you are gay or a lesbian or Trans....  These are hate crimes.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week happens every year to draw attention to the menace of hate crime.  It runs from Sunday 15th October launched in St. Pauls Cathedral.

Victim Support and Redbridge Equalities & Community Council have  joined forces to organise this event at the United Reformed Church for people in Redbridge to learn about hate crime, how to report it, what can be done about it, maybe to offer your help or because you need advice yourself.  There will be a film, speakers and stalls.  Speakers will include Councillor Bob Littlewood, David Landau from Redbridge Equalities & Community Council and Matt Hale who will do a presentation on the Self Evident App which people can use to report hate crime.

For further information please contact Boryana Smilenova at Victim Support on 020-8555 8254 or or David Landau at Redbridge Equalities & Community Council on 020-8551 8178 or