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

Loneliness and Social Isolation Consultation
Wednesday 18 April, 12-2pm, Frederick Street
Centre, AB24 5HY

Please email if you plan to attend.

The Scottish Government has released a draft strategy to reduce loneliness and social isolation. We are bringing together organisations to discuss this in an equality and human rights context, including how the strategy relates to the marginalised groups that we work with. The outcome of this meeting will be a collective response to the consultation.

More information on the draft strategy here:

Third Party Reporting Training
Wednesday 13 June, 12-2pm, venue TBC

Please email if you plan to attend.

PC Bob McKinney will be speaking about Third Party Reporting and how your organisation can become a Reporting Centre. The training is aimed at organisations working with people who might experience Hate Crime, so those people can tell you about their experience without having to visit the Police.

Including Intersectional Identities
Wednesday Sept 12th, 10-1, venue TBC

Please email if you plan to attend.

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 race 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 include 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 describe 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.