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Come and Join us at REDBRIDGE EQUALITIES & COMMUNITY COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING

MONDAY 18TH MARCH, 7.30pm

NEW HALL, GANTS HILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, ETHELBERT GARDENS, IG2 6UN

 

DISABILITY HATE CRIME – HIDDEN MENACE

 

People are attacked and abused because they are in a wheelchair, they have problems seeing or hearing, have learning difficulties or mental health problems, are on the autistic spectrum.  In some cases people have been killed or driven to suicide.  If you look at the police statistics you will find there are very few reported incidents of disability hate crime.  But research shows that the majority of disabled people have experienced such abuse and harassment.  So most of it is not being reported or recorded.  People might not know that these are crimes.  Sometimes they do not have the confidence to report or are not taken seriously.  Or sometimes a crime is reported but not flagged up as motivated or aggravated by prejudice against people with a disability.

 

We are very pleased to have Ruth Bashall – Chief Executive of Stay Safe East  - as our guest speaker who will talk about disability hate crime and what they are doing to expose and address it.

 

Doors open at 7pm

The venue is accessible

There will be light refreshments.

Local Forums - Have your Say

Local Forums combine formal and informal opportunities for you to work together with officers, councillors and key partners to find solutions to local issues.

At each session, there will be:

·         The chance to chat with officers and local ward councillors informally about local issues

·         Structured discussions about how we can best deliver services locally, address residents' concerns and work together to strengthen and empower our communities.

  • A formal Q&A session with the Leader of the Council

  • Upcoming Local Forum Dates

Neighbourhood Area - West

Date - Tuesday 26 March 2019

Venue- Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Rd, London E11 2RQ

Please come along from 6:45pm for initial informal discussions with officers and councillors. The formal session will begin at 7:15pm and the Q&A session with the Leader will run from 8pm to 8:30pm.

Local Focus

The forums will be held three times a year in each of the borough’s four neighbourhoods for a total of twelve meetings per year across the borough.

North Neighbourhood Wards

Hainault

Aldborough

Fairlop

Clayhall

Barkingside

Fullwell

South Neighbourhood Wards

Cranbrook

Valentines

Ilford Town

Clementswood

Loxford

East Neighbourhood Wards

Chadwell

Seven Kings

Newbury

Goodmayes

Mayfield

West Neighbourhood Wards 

Monkhams

Bridge

Churchfields

South Woodford

Wanstead Village

Wanstead Park

 

 

INVITATION TO THE REDBRIDGE EQUALITIES FORUM MONDAY 11TH MARCH 2-4PM at the NEW HALL, GANTS HILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, ETHELBERT GARDENS (back of the church) IG2 6UN.  

 

GUEST SPEAKER DR. BARBARA JUDGE, Member (formerly Chair) of the INdpendent Monitoring Board at Her Majerstry’s Prison Thameside

 

Dr Judge will talk about what the Board does, her experiences of being on the board, the volunteering to join the board which is important to us encouraging diversity.

 

The Equalities 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

 

Also we will hear from officers on consultations that Redbridge Council is currently carrying out.

There will be further discussion about the future of the Equalities Forum following our special meeting in January, notes of which will follow shortly.

 

Light refreshments will be available.

 

 

David Landau

Redbridge Equalities and Community Council

Looking for advice about

Discrimination  | Harassment  |  Employment

 Welfare Benefits  | Housing | Health

And a wide range of other subjects

We can help you

either by giving you the advice you need or we can tell you where you can go to get good advice

Come along to our

  General Advice Surgery Drop In @
Central Library Ilford

Every Tuesday 12 pm -3 pm

INVITATION TO A SPECIAL MEETING OF REDBRIDGE EQUALITIES FORUM

THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY 2019, 2-4pm IN THE YORK ROOM, ILFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY, CLEMENTS ROAD, ILFORD IG1 1EA

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is a meeting to discuss how the Forum can be more effective in promoting equality and diversity in the borough.  We have many good speakers and those who attend the Forum identify many issues but we have not been able to follow things up with the relevant authorities and hold those authorities to account regarding equalities where this is necessary.  

Although we send information out to about 200 people and to networks which reach much further, there are many people and organisations who have not heard of the Forum or who don't see it as relevant them.  How do we reach out to more people, more communities and more equality strands?

The Forum has recently secured some funding and resources so it is timely to look at these questions so that the Forum can make a real impact.

Just to remind you of the current objectives of the Forum which we re-state in all our invitations:

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

 Light refreshments will be available.

David Landau

Redbridge Equalities & Community Council.

Please see Agenda below:

A SPECIAL EQUALITIES FORUM MEETING to be held on

THURSDAY 24th JANUARY 2019    at

Redbridge Central Library  (YORK ROOM) 1st Floor

 CLEMENTS ROAD, ILFORD IG1 1EA

2.00 - 4.00pm

 

AGENDA

 

2.00                Arrival,  Registration and Refreshments                                        

2.15               Welcome and Introductions                                                     

2.20               Background and Context                                                           

2.25               Performance and Impact                                                           

2.30               Expectations and feedback from Attendees                                 

3.30               Summary & Next Steps                                                        

3.40               Upcoming Events:

                       (a) Next Forum 10 March

      (b) Inspirational Women Exhibition & Symposium 30 March

3.50               Close

 

INVITATION TO REDBRIDGE EQUALITIES FORUM

MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2018, 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 MAIN TOPIC WILL BE PATIENTS PARTICIPATION GROUPS WITH GUEST SPEAKER CATHY TURNLAND FROM HEALTHWATCH REDBRIDGE

We will have a Consultation slot: Someone promoting council consultations.

We shall have a discussion about the direction the Forum should take and what it can do in the future.          

 There will be light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you.

 
David Landau

Redbridge Equalities & Community Council.

REDBRIDGE EQUALITIES & COMMUNITY COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING

MONDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2018 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm)

NEW HALL, GANTS HILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

 

GUEST SPEAKERS  ROBERT LAMB AND ALEX ROWLEY

AUTISM AMBASSADORS

 

You are welcome to attend the next General Meeting of Redbridge Equalities & Community Council.  We looking forward to a presentation by the Autism Ambassadors. There are many people on the autistic spectrum but not much knowledge about it leading to institutions and individuals to fail to meet their needs. Raising awareness is so very important. Robert and Alex will tell us how the Ambassadors started, what it means to be on the autistic spectrum, the problems that arise and raise awareness about the things that are helpful and unhelpful.  They will tell us about the great things the Ambassadors have achieved so far. 

 

We will also be having a speaker from the council – Sarah Tranter or one of her colleagues - for our regular slot about current consultations which are taking place in the borough.

 

The entrance to the New Hall is at the back of the church in Ethelbert Gardens IG2 6UN, alongside the church car park which can be used by people attending the meeting.  The Hall is accessible.

 

There will be light refreshments.

 

INVITATION TO REDBRIDGE EQUALITIES FORUM

MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2018 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

LAMMY REVIEW

MONDAY 5TH MARCH 2018 7.30pm

NEW HALL, GANTS HILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH,

ETHELBERT GARDENS, IG2 6UN

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 office1@redbridgeequalities.org.uk .

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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.

 

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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 !

Date

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 office1@redbridgeequalities.org.uk

 

 

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


NATIONAL HATE CRIME AWARENESS WEEK EVENT
MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2017 1-5pm
VINE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, RICHES ROAD, ILFORD, IG1 1JH

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 boryana.smilenova@victimsupport.org.uk or David Landau at Redbridge Equalities & Community Council on 020-8551 8178 or david@redbridgeequalities.org.uk