Useful contacts

Action on Sectarianism

Action on Sectarianism is a national web portal which aims to share the best resources and educational initiatives from across Scotland in order to provide information that inspires action on sectarianism across the country, changing sectarian behaviour.

www.actiononsectarianism.info

Amina

Amina promote the welfare and social inclusion of Muslim women. They work with mainstream agencies and policy makers to enhance their understanding of the Muslim community and overcome barriers preventing Muslim women accessing services and participating in society. They provide confidential faith and culturally sensitive direct helping services and community development to Muslim women.

http://www.mwrc.org.uk

Anti-Racist Toolkit for Teachers

Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) provides advice, support, resources and staff development to the education community, creating a culture of innovation, ambition and excellence throughout Scottish education.

www.ltscotland.org.uk

Capability Scotland

A leading disability organisation that provides flexible services which support people with disabilities, their families and carers.

www.capability-scotland.org.uk 

Centre for Education and Racial Equality in Scotland

The Centre for Education and Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) was set up in 1991 following consultation with minority ethnic representatives, racial equality practitioners, teachers and academics in Scotland. CERES is funded by the Scottish Government to provide advise nationally and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.

www.education.ed.ac.uk/ceres 

Centre for Inclusive Living

A disabled user lead organisation offering advice on many aspects of independent living in and around Glasgow.

www.gcil.org.uk 

Deaf Connections

Deaf Connections is the oldest charity established for deaf people in Scotland. Their aim is to work with and on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people so that they can achieve that same quality of life as everyone else.

www.deafconnections.co.uk 

Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK is a national charity providing a range of support services to deafblind adults and carers. It also campaigns on behalf of deafblind people.

www.deafblind.org.uk 

Equality Network

The Equality Network works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality issues in Scotland.

www.equality-network.org 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Established in October 2007, this brings together the work of the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Race Equality and the Disability Rights Commission and also takes on responsibility for the other aspects of equality: age, religion or belief and sexual orientation as well as human rights.

www.equalityhumanrights.com/scotland 

Equality Scotland: Housing Information in Community Languages

The purpose is to reach a wider audience and communicate with Scotland's communities about events, initiatives and outreach work undertaken to promote equal opportunities. In particular, it provides access to information in several different community languages.

www.equalityscotland.com 

Ethnic Minorities Law Centre

The Ethnic Minorities Law Centre is a recognised Scottish charity and has been operating since 1991 and offer range of legal services to ethnic minority communities who need help in accessing their rights and in redressing racial discrimination.

http://www.emlc.org.uk 

Friends, Families and Travellers

Friends, Families and Travellers work on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background.

www.gypsy-traveller.org

Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance

Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance (GARA) aims to tackle racism in the city of Glasgow and works to ensure that Black and Minority Ethnic people enjoy equal opportunities in getting access to jobs, education, health, housing and public services. They do this by bringing together a range of statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as young black people to tackle the social exclusion of Black and Ethnic Minority people caused by racism in the city of Glasgow.

www.gara.org.uk

The Traveller Law Reform Project

Following the disbanding of the Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition (G&TLRC) in April 2006, Friends, Families and Travellers, The Gypsy Council, The Irish Traveller Movement and the London Gypsy and Traveller established a way of continuing the valuable work on law reform achieved by the Coalition.

www.travellerslaw.org.uk 

Inclusion Scotland

Inclusion Scotland is a consortium of disabled people's organisations and individual disabled people. Their aim is to reverse the current social exclusion experienced by disabled people through civil dialogue, partnerships, capacity building, education, persuasion, training and advocacy.

www.inclusionscotland.org

LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Youth Scotland is a national youth organisation working towards the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people in the life of Scotland.

www.lgbtyouth.org.uk

Royal Institute for the Blind

The Royal Institute for the Blind (RINB) is the UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems. It helps with braille, training books and computer training, as well as practical solutions to everyday challenges. They fight for equal rights and fund pioneering research into preventing and treating eye disease.

www.rnib.org.uk 

Royal National Institute for the Deaf

The Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RIND) is the largest charity representing the nine million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK. As a membership charity, they aim to achieve a radically better quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people.

www.rnid.org.uk 

Scottish Accessible Information Forum

The Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) improves access to information for people with disabilities.

http://www.saifscotland.org.uk

Scottish Inter Faith Council

The aim of the Scottish Inter Faith Council is to raise awareness of the different faith communities and to build good relations between persons of different religious faiths through dialogue, understanding and co-operation.

www.scottishinterfaithcouncil.org

Scottish Traveller Education Programme

The Scottish Traveller Education Programme (STEP) is based at Edinburgh University and funded by the Scottish Government.  Its remit is to develop and support inclusive educational approaches for Gypsies and Travellers.

http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/step/

Stonewall

The aim from the outset was to create a professional lobbying group that would prevent such attacks on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals from ever occurring again. Stonewall has subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda by winning support within all the main political parties and now has offices in England, Scotland and Wales.

www.stonewall.org.uk

LGBT Helpline Scotland

Information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. 

http://lgbthealth.org.uk

Police Scotland

The Police Scotland website covers many areas including community safety, recruitment and police news.

http://www.scotland.police.uk

The Government Equalities Office

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is a government department, whose mission is to put equality at the heart of government. The GEO is responsible for the government's overall strategy on equality as well as women's issues across government. The department sponsors the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Women's National Commission (WNC). The GEO reports to the Ministers for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman, Maria Eagle and Vera Baird.

www.equalities.gov.uk

West of Scotland Regional Council

West of Scotland Regional Council (WSREC) services focus on promoting good community relations between all residents in the West of Scotland. Other activities include advocacy, policy and community development, campaigning and promoting equality and justice for all and advice.

http://www.wsrec.co.uk 

Contact Information

Policy, Planning & Performance Division
London Road
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA3 7BU
Telephone: 01563 576075
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