HEAR Is Recruiting!

HEAR are excited to announce that, due to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities programme, 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 partners are:

  • HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network (lead partner)
  • Consortium (formerly the LGBT Consortium)
  • Inclusion London
  • Refugee Council
  • Superhighways
  • David Wilcox
  • Drew Mackie

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:

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)

Based near Kings Cross with travel across Greater London

Deadline for applications: 9am on Monday 19th August 2019

Interviews in Central London 5th September 2019

To apply please complete the application form and equal opportunities forms on our website:


and please do this carefully in conjunction with the Job Description and Person Specification

No cvs please

WARNING: Be prepared for the hot weather

You will be aware that forecast weather conditions over the coming days reach the trigger thresholds for Heat Health Level 3 actions.

Attached is the information from the Met Office and the Heat Health Alert for this week for your information.

Also please find here a link to the Heatwave Plan for England (easy read version)

In line with the London Framework a teleconference was held at 17:00 and at the direction of LLAG, the London Local Authority Gold Director and three specific actions are required from all Boroughs to mitigate the potential impacts and confirm readiness.

I am sure many of your agencies will have received the same information and been requested to disseminate information with regards to the rising temperatures during this week and to ensure we reach as many people and businesses as possible with these important health alerts, especially those who will be particularly vulnerable to extremes of heat during this period.

Please ensure you circulate the health alerts below to your communities, staff and others who will need to know:

Stay out of the heat:

  • keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down:

  • have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • NEW for 2019 – Specifically highlight the Refill London – https://refill.org.uk/refill-london/
  • eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck Keep your environment cool:
  • keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves
  • place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
  • keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, however, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or putting reflective material in-between them and the window space
  • turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
  • keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
  • if possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
  • electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°

Look out for others:

  • keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
  • ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave
  • be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed If you have a health problem:
  • keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging)
  • seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications If you or others feel unwell:
  • try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache; move to a cool place as soon as possible and measure your body temperature
  • drink some water or fruit juice to rehydrate
  • rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, in many cases after sustained exercise during very hot weather), and drink oral rehydration solutions containing electrolytes.
  • medical attention is needed if heat cramps last more than one hour
  • consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist

Interfaith trip to Taizé for young people

Near Neighbours is sending a dozen young people 18-35 on a trip to the Taize Community in France for their Muslim Christian Friendship weekend between Wednesday 21st and Sunday 25th August 2019. All expenses will be paid by Near Neighbours including train fares, accommodation and food.

The weekend focuses on Christian/Muslim relations, with Muslim and Christian speakers, but you can apply whatever your faith, background and gender. Simply complete the application form below. We will sift through to find a good mix of people to send. Prayer rooms, suitable food and appropriate accommodation will be provided.

If you are 18-35, have a valid passport and wish to take part, please apply by 5th August and we will let you know if you have been successful by 10th August.

For more info, and the on-line application form, click here.

BMFF with Near Neighbours at Buckingham Palace

HM The Queen’s initiative to recognise individuals of all faiths and beliefs who are working at grassroots and community level to support their local neighbourhoods and bring together different backgrounds and ethnicities.

“ It was a very exciting, colourful and memorable event that honoured the work of Interfaith groups and organisations across the country and in particular I was thrilled to be representing ( together with Tahseen ) the fantastic work achieved by the whole BMFF executive. It was a marvellous opportunity to meet with others of likeminded values and to observe the great work achieved by Interfaith communities.”

Read more about the event in this Daily Mail article.

Age-friendly London Transport Campaign

This is a campaign by AgeUK.

Dear Supporter,

As part of Age UK London’s work to make London an Age Friendly City we are looking at transport issues across the capital – can you help us with two queries?

Firstly, we’d like to hear about any tube, rail or bus stations/journeys that might cause you difficulties – this can be anything from signage, to staff (e.g. drivers or station staff), to step-free access, inaccessible toilets or even routes not going where you need to get to!

Secondly, do you use:

  • Dial-a-Ride
  • Taxicard
  • Community transport buses (e.g. mini buses run by local community organisations)

If so, we’d like to hear about your experiences of these – good and bad.

Please email with your thoughts by Friday 12th July and let us know if you are a member of a local Older People’s Forum or other community group. We’re really keen to campaign with as many people as possible to make London a genuinely Age-friendly City and ensure our campaigns are based in real experience. We would love as much feedback as possible to create our new Age-friendly London transport campaign so don’t hold back!

We will then send future email updates to explain how the new transport campaign will be taking shape as a result of your feedback and sharing different opportunities to get involved.

Making London Age-friendly is much more than just improving transport and we are looking for people to join the Age-friendly London movement to campaign on a range of different issues. If you are interested in campaigning to build an Age-friendly London, either by sharing your experiences, taking part in events or meeting decision-makers to call for change, please let us know in your reply.

Many thanks for your help!

Paul Goulden, CEO, Age UK London

Email link

Celebrating the people who together make Barnet

Barnet has a proud history of people from diverse communities living happily side by side.

Together, we are Barnet celebrates the inspiring stories of the rich mix of people who call our borough home, highlighting some of our many groups, sports teams and local projects, as well as individuals, who contribute so much to our community.

The campaign is a joint initiative of Barnet Council working in partnership with NHS Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group, Metropolitan Police, Saracens Rugby Club, West London Business, Inclusion Barnet, Groundwork, Federation of Small Businesses, Argent, Middlesex University, the Department for Work and Pensions, Barnet and Southgate College, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, and Volunteering Barnet.

How you can get involved

Whether you live, work or study in the borough we would love for you to take part:

  • Send us a photo of yourself, to feature in our online gallery and ‘faces of Barnet’ community artwork project and share a short message about why you enjoy living in Barnet’s diverse community

Groups and projects

If you’re a member of a group, then we’d like to hear your story. Send us a 100-word summary explaining what your group does, how it unites people of different backgrounds, and how it is benefiting your community. Please email barnet.first@barnet.gov.uk(External link). We may feature your group as a case study as part of our campaign.

Community Events

If you would like us to promote on this page any community events that bring together Barnet’s diverse communities, please contact Hadiya Masieh: Hadiya.Masieh@barnet.gov.uk(External link)

Barnet Multi Faith Forum BMFF Statement on Faith Based Hate Crime

Against the background of an increase in reported hate crimes, hate rhetoric and actual terror incidents, directed towards any faith or belief in this country or around the world;

We in the Barnet Multi Faith Forum (BMFF) resolve to:-

  • Advocate to overcoming religious illiteracy, prejudice, discrimination and bigotry wherever and whenever it occurs, by means of education, knowledge and communication.
  • Ensure we continue to promote greater social and community cohesion, human dignity and understanding in Barnet and elsewhere.
  • Recognise the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of Anti-Semitism.

Unanimously agreed by the BMFF Executive on Thursday June 20th

Standing together to tackle prejudice and hatred

In October 2018 Es Rosen attended the Inter Faith Network for the UK day event for local inter faith practitioners at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford. 

Es made a well received presentation titled Standing together to tackle prejudice and hatred. A summary can be be found on page 11

The report from the day has been recently published and a pdf is viewable below.