Equality & Diversity Networks

There are a wide range of forums and partnerships in Aberdeen and the wider Grampian area, aimed at promoting equality and tackling discrimination. GREC are involved in most of these forums and can provide more details on request – where possible the most appropriate contact details have been provided. If you would like your forum or partnership added to the list below, please contact info@grec.co.uk.

Aberdeen Multi-Faith Forum · Aberdeen Voice of Experience · Aberdeen Women’s Alliance · Ethnic Minority Forum · Disability Equity Partnership · Grampian Gypsy/Traveller Interagency Group · No Recourse to Public Funds Network · North East LGBT+ Community Development Group · North East Scotland Equalities Network · Syrian New Scots Partnership Group · Violence Against Women Partnership


Aberdeen Multi-Faith Forum

The Forum is a network of contacts across all faith groups in Aberdeen, for people to get in touch with each other, build partnerships and promote opportunities for funding, events and training. The Forum also raises awareness in the wider public about the presence of different faith groups, the excellent work that is being done by them, and the issues/challenges they may face. A diverse range of participants has been involved including representatives from the Aberdeen Mosque & Islamic Centre, Aberdeen Synagogue and Jewish Centre, the Bahá’í Faith, Aberdeen University Interfaith Chaplaincy, Aberdeen Interfaith Forum, the Church of Latter Day Saints, Jesus House and a range of other Christian groups.

Meetings are held approximately every two months to discuss priority issues and how to tackle them, e.g. through training, awareness raising, public campaigns, linking with other groups or networks, etc. Some issues discussed in 2017-18 included availability of suitable school meals, linking with the council’s Education Committee, hate crime and its impacts on communities, delivering an activity collectively among faith groups, adoption and fostering, historical discrimination, and the City of Sanctuary project.

To get involved or find out more, please contact Dave at dblack@grec.co.uk


Aberdeen Voice of Experience (AVOX)

The Forum brings together existing groups to give older people in Aberdeen a strong, collective voice, by:

  • ensuring representation in community planning and processes;
  • bringing together existing groups to share information and work together;
  • and raising awareness of issues that affect older people.

Meetings are held approximately every other month, with guest speakers and/or discussion topics. Recent meetings have included presentations on activities and services available for older people in Aberdeen, to improve well-being and reduce social isolation; and on scams and how to avoid them.

To get involved or find out more, please contact Myshele at MHaywood@grec.co.uk


Aberdeen Women’s Alliance (AWA)

The Alliance is currently developing its focus around women’s rights, political participation, sexual harassment, equal pay, etc. In line with this, the Alliance co-hosted an event with Engender in March 2018, exploring the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It was also involved in the Rise Up Quines festival in November 2018, and plans to host an an event on women’s health with the Scottish Women’s Convention in 2019. This is all in addition to its well-established History Group, which leads women’s history tours around Aberdeen and has set up information displays in Stewart Park.

To get involved or for more information, please contact awainfo@btinternet.com or visit the Aberdeen Women’s Alliance facebook page.


Disability Equity Partnership (DEP)

The Partnership works towards equality, accessibility and acceptance for all disabled people in Aberdeen. This includes raising awareness of the challenges faced by disabled people, breaking down barriers, improving services for disabled people, and advocating for accessible transport, buildings, services and information. The group is diverse, comprised of Aberdeen residents with a variety of disabilities, representatives of disability organisations, councillors, and other members of the community.

To get involved or for more information, please contact Garry at GaWatson@aberdeencity.gov.uk


Ethnic Minority Forum

The Ethnic Minority Forum (EMF) was established in 1997, as a way to bring local organisations and people from diverse backgrounds together, with the shared aim of promoting equality in Aberdeen. The Forum celebrates the contribution of multicultural communities in Aberdeen; raises awareness of what’s happening in Aberdeen and how people can get involved; acts as a point of contact and provides a platform for people from diverse backgrounds, so everyone’s voice can be heard; and provides opportunities to discuss things affecting people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

In addition to regular meetings, the Forum has been involved in organising other events like Aberdeen Mela.

To get involved or find out more, please contact Jonathan at j.a.smith.08@aberdeen.ac.uk or visit the forum’s facebook page.


Grampian Gypsy/Traveller Interagency Group

The group up is made up of public bodies and third sector agencies working across Grampian, with the aim of addressing inequalities faced by Gypsy & Traveller communities in the area. The group shares practice and works together on issues such as: accommodation, health, education, and hate crime & prejudice.

For more information, please contact Amanda at afarquhar@aberdeencity.gov.uk.


No Recourse to Public Funds Network

The No Recourse, North East partnership was set up at the end of 2014 with the aim of sharing case studies and learning with partner agencies, focusing on cases where agencies have tried to support clients with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). The group produces guidance documents (for organisations and individuals), shares case law, and invites relevant guest speakers to meetings to share information and practice that is useful in relation to no recourse issues.

The partnership meets quarterly. Should any organisations or individuals working with groups affected by no recourse issues wish to join, please contact vikki_duncan@shelter.org.uk or iona_rennie@shelter.co.uk to be added to the mailing list and receive details of our next meeting.

For more information, please visit http://acvo.org.uk/working-with/no-recourse-north-east/


North East LGBT+ Community Development Group

The group aims to engage with the LGBT+ community and provide a sounding board and resource for all sectors to make a positive contribution to addressing LGBT+ issues. This includes listening to the community’s concerns and work with partners to address these. An important aspect of the group is connecting up different LGBT+ groups, projects and activities. The group produces resources and develops platforms aimed at raising awareness of the support and services that are available in the region.

The Group’s biggest project was organising the first ever Grampian Pride, which was a fantastic success, attracting more than 3000 people to a parade down union street and an afternoon of entertainment at a Pride Village near the beach. Beyond this, the Group has also helped to publicise LGBT+ events throughout the region.

To get involved or find out more, please contact secretary@nelgbtcommunity.org or visit the Group’s facebook page.


North East Scotland Equalities Network (NESEN)

NESEN is a Grampian wide network, bringing together voluntary sector organisations, public bodies, individuals and other groups from across the Grampian region, to help achieve equality in all protected characteristics: race, faith/belief, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, marriage/civil partnership, and pregnancy/maternity. A directory of member organisations can be found here.
The main aims of NESEN are:

  • Partnership working, networking and promotion of member organisations’ services
  • Build 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

To get involved or find out more, please contact nesen@grec.co.uk


Syrian New Scots Partnership Group

The partnership is made up of representatives of third sector organisations, faith groups and Aberdeen City Council, with the aim of identifying how support can be developed for New Scots (refugees and asylum seekers) in the City.

The partnership has been involved with organising various events, including conversation café events bringing together New Scots, third sector organisations and members of the public.

For further information, please email Susan at susan.morrison@acvo.org.uk.


Violence Against Women Partnership

The Partnership aims to eradicate violence against women in Aberdeen and make it a place where women and children can, with support when necessary, live free from the inequalities and harm associated with gender based violence. In addition to quarterly meetings and sharing events, news, etc from partners, the Partnership has organised events for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (16DoA). These have included a Civic Reception and Conversation Café for service users, third sector workers, elected representatives, and staff from Police Scotland, NHS Grampian, ACC, etc. There was also a candle-lit vigil and a public art exhibition based on the Clothesline Project (more information here and here).

For more information about the Violence Against Women Partnership, please contact Kevin.Walker2@scotland.pnn.police.uk