North East Scotland Equalities Network (NESEN) is a user-led Grampian wide Equality Network.

The Network brings people together to help achieve equality in race, , faith and belief, sexual orientation, sex and gender reassignment, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and age, through an interactive network membership of voluntary sector, public bodies, individuals, groups and organisations from across Grampian.

All members are committed to equality of opportunity for all and achieving the best for Grampian’s diverse communities.

The main aims of NESEN are:

  • Partnership working, networking and promotion of member organisations’ services;
  • Building understanding of common issues shared by communities and protected groups, and act as a joint consultation and involvement group for these issues;
  • Share and develop good practice in equality matters;
  • Work together to promote equality for all;
  • Be a positive voice for Grampian’s diverse communities

The Network aims to be user-driven, keeping members connected and informed of events, news and requests for assistance across the whole spectrum of equality matters.

To download the NESEN directory, please click here.
For further information, please email

Upcoming NESEN meetings

Including Intersectional Identities
Thursday 11 October, 10-1, Langstane Housing Association, 680 King St, Aberdeen AB24 1SL.

Please email if you plan to attend, or register on EventBrite.

When service users have more than one protected characteristic, the issues they experience and the solutions they require can be complex. This can create difficulties for service providers if we are not prepared. This interactive training session will explore the intersections of LGBTI with ethnicity and disability in particular as examples of how intersectional approaches to work can be used to make life easier for both service providers and service users. The session includes a film of personal testimonies from diverse intersectional LGBTI people, will walk through seven key practical principles, and will include case studies to explore how intersectionality can be put into practice in your own services. Previous participants have described the training as “very enjoyable” and “eye opening”. The training will be delivered by Sam Rankin, the Intersectional Equalities Co-ordinator at the Equality Network.