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Sean Gummer
A4e Equality and Diversity Co-Ordinator

Queens House, Queens Street, Sheffield, S1 1GN
t: 0114 289 4811

Useful Links

Detailed below are some links that you may find useful:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)


The EHRC works to make sure that people are treated fairly and equally.

It is a non-departmental Government body in Great Britain which was established by the Equality Act 2006. The chairman of the Commission is Trevor Phillips who was previously chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. It has taken over the responsibilities of three former commissions: the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission. It also has responsibility for the other aspects of equality: age, sexual orientation and religion or belief, as well as human rights.

The Commission came into being on 1 October 2007. It only has responsibility for England, Scotland and Wales as a separate Equality Commission exists in Northern Ireland which was established under the terms of the Belfast Agreement and has offices in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Cardiff. It is classed as a non-departmental public body, meaning that it is separate and independent from Government but still accountable for its public funds.

Local Helplines:

England 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, except Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Telephone: 08456 046 610
Textphone: 08456 046 620
Fax: 08456 046 630

Wales 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, except Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Telephone: 08456 048 810
Textphone: 08456 048 820
Fax: 08456 048 830

Scotland 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, except Wednesday 9am - 8pm Telephone: 08456 045 510
Textphone: 08456 045 520
Fax: 08456 045 530

The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF)


A network of national organizations committed to equal opportunities, social justice, good community relations, respect for human rights and an end to discrimination based on age, disability, gender and gender identity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Directgov - the official goverment website for citizens


Easy access to the public services you use and the information you need, delivered by the UK government.

Community Legal Advice

Is funded by Legal Aid and provides free, confidential legal advice over the telephone about benefits, tax credits, debt, education, employment and housing problems. A range of self-help booklets and leaflets can also be accessed from the website in English, Welsh, Braille and audio.

Call 0845 345 345 (for free) and mention A4e.

Equality Britain, Directory of Opportunity 2009


This is a free resource listing national and regional equality related organisations, charities, etc. A4e have set up a direct distribution process to ensure all centres receive an up-dated copy annually. If you do not receive this directory go to the website and register your centre. You can also get the latest on equality legislation and other relevant information from the website: www.equalitybritain.co.uk/

The directory will provide details of organisations, charities and networks offering personal and legal support. A ‘useful contact’ list can be produced from this, plus any local groups or networks not listed in the directory.

Discrimination and Equal Rights

Everyone Matters at A4e


The equality and diversity section of the mya4e.com website.

Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)


Organisation that promotes and monitors human rights and fights discrimination.

0845 604 6610 (helpline)

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)


Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.

0845 747 4747

Bullying UK


Charity offering advice for victims of bullying and their families.

0808 800 2222 (helpline)

Equality Commission Northern Ireland

Independent public body promoting equality and good relations and challenging discrimination through promotion, advice and enforcement.

028 90 890 890 (general enquiries)

The Equality Trust


The Equality Trust is an independent, evidence based campaign working to reduce income equality in order to improve the quality of life in the UK.

020 7922 7927 (general enquiries)

Shaw Trust


National charity which works with employers, social services and the disabled to help people with disablities find employment.

01225 716300 (general enquiries)

Runnymede Trust


Independent race equality think tank. Its aim is to generate ‘intelligence’ for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building and policy engagement.

020 7377 9222 (general enquiries)



Community news and events site for Equality and Diversity in the UK.

Directgov – Your Rights and Responsibilities


Information and guides for the public, provided by the UK Government; including how to make complaints against the government or other public bodies.

The Home Office – Government Equalities Office (GEO)


Government department that sits within the Home Office; with responsibility across government for equality strategy and legislation.

Ours to Own – Your Human Rights (Easy Read version)


The EHRC have created an Easy Read booklet about human rights and what they mean to you.

Bullying and Harassment at Work – a guide for employees


ACAS produced guide for employees on bullying and harassment and the options open to people.

Understanding Barriers That May Exist in Communicating With Others


Factsheet focusing on awareness of the many barriers to communication, including cultural and linquistic.

Is That Discrimination?


Advicenow’s resource section featuring guides on how to recognise if you are being discriminated against, quizzes and other resources.


BBC.co.uk - Religion


The home of Religion and Belief on the BBC website; a portal to the A-Z of religions, interfaith calendar, news and message boards.



Informative website with objective guide to world religions, packed with facts and charts and other resources.


Royal National Institute for the Blind


Support for blind and partially sighed people.

0303 123 9999 (helpline)

Action on Hearing Loss


Formerly the RNID, offer support and information for deaf people and people with hearing difficulties.

0800 808 0123 (free information line)

Disabled Living Foundation


National charity who offer impartial advice, information and training on daily living aids that assist disabled people.

0845 130 9177

Dyslexia Action


Largest dyslexia charity in the UK, provide a wide range of services to people of all ages who have dyslexia and struggle with literacy.

01784 222300 (general enquiries)

Fable - For people with Epilepsy


Charity offering support and advice to people with epilepsy and their families and carers.

0800 521 629

Royal Association for Disability Rights (Radar)


UK’s largest disability rights campaigning network.

020 7250 3222 (general enquiries)



Mental health charity who provide information to help promote understanding of mental health issues and campaign to promote and protect good mental health for everyone.

0300 123 3393 (information line)

Service providers and the law – a guide for disabled people (Easy Read)


The EHRC have produced this Easy Read guide explaining what service providers must do to treat disabled people fairly.

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