What We Do

GREC works to eliminate discrimination and prejudice, to build stronger communities, celebrate diversity, and provide evidence to change policy and practice.

Contents: Services · Language Support · Partnerships and Community Engagement · Research · Training and Consultancy



Support, advice, advocacy, and mediation services for all people with Protected Characteristics, according to the Equality Act 2010: Race, Ethnicity or Nationality; Religion or Belief; Sex or Gender; Sexual Orientation; Gender Reassignment (Transgender Identity); Age; Disability; Marriage or Civil Partnership; Pregnancy or Maternity.

Our aim is to tackle and eliminate discrimination and victimisation whenever possible and to challenge hate crime and prejudice that many people experience. Casework offers a confidential, non-judgmental, and inclusive service to all those experiencing unfair treatment. We aim to provide a safe environment where people feel able to trust that their concerns are treated seriously and with respect and privacy.

Contact: casework@grec.co.uk

Free and Confidential Counselling

Adult Counselling: For adults who are experiencing discrimination and prejudice, or who have been affected by hate crime.

Me-Time: For children and young people who are experiencing bullying, discrimination and prejudice.

Employability Support

Free, one-to-one help and advice on creating or improving your CV, job search, qualifications, volunteering, interview skills, etc. We can help you consider the kind of job you want, possible new directions based on your skills, and education/training resources. This service is available for anyone from an ethnic minority background, or anyone who has come to live in Scotland from another country.

Contact: mhaywood@grec.co.uk

Also, see below for Language Works and ESOL for Work, or click here for more information.

Language Support


GREC’s interpreting and translation service has a team of over 160 interpreters and translators who cover 54 different languages. Clients include NHS Grampian, Oil & Gas companies, third sector organisations, and private individuals.
More info here, or visit the In-Trans website: in-trans.co.uk

Language Café (free weekly sessions by video chat)

Fun, informal sessions sessions to chat, practice English and meet new friends. More info here.

Language Works (free weekly sessions by video chat)

More structured sessions to build confidence speaking English, learn about work-related topics, and help improve employability. More info here.

ESOL for Work (free sessions by video chat)

Short courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages, with a focus on general understanding and language skills for employment. To learn about upcoming courses, please visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/LearnEnglishAberdeen.

Partnerships and Community Engagement

Aberdeen Against Illegal Moneylending (AberdeenAIM)

Support for ethnic minority communities and individuals across Grampian at risk of being targeted by “loan sharks.” Free training sessions are available for community groups to help enhance financial literacy. Free, confidential support is also available, to help individuals with benefits applications, budgeting tips, and finding other sources of support. Interpreters can be provided as neccessary. More info here.

Contact: mmccall@grec.co.uk · 01224 576796 · 07999 488118

Community Outreach

We are committed to supporting Grampian’s diverse communities and helping build strong relationships between them. If you are a community leader or representative in Aberdeen, our outreach worker is your direct link to GREC and all of our networks. Whether you have concerns about a specific issue particular, an opportunity to share or event to plan, or want to refer an individual for support, please get in touch.

Contact: mmccall@grec.co.uk · 01224 576796 · 07999 488118

Living and Working in North East Scotland

Resource for newcomers to Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, available in English, Arabic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian. The booklet provides information about practical necessities including housing, school, employment, taxes, bank accounts, transport, health, local services, etc.

Integrate Grampian

GREC coordinates this multi-agency forum, which monitors and shares information on integration and community cohesion across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. Integrate Grampian also developed Living and Working in North East Scotland, and oversaw the development of How Fair is North East Scotland? It is currently working to update both.

Contact: info@grec.co.uk

Anne Frank Awards

An annual awards ceremony to celebrate the work of young people to promote Equality and Human Rights, in their schools and wider communities. School groups across Grampian (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray) are welcome to take part. Click here for more information.

Contact: info@grec.co.uk

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Community Events

GREC has supported or helped to organise the following events over the past few years:

  • Aberdeen Mela / One World Day
  • International Human Rights Day
  • Sixteen Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence
  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • Grampian Pride


GREC is committed to taking an evidence-based approach, looking to identify and develop the most effective approaches to reducing discrimination and creating a fairer and more equal society in the North East of Scotland. To enquire about GREC delivering research for your organisation, please get in touch!

Contact: jtomlinson@grec.co.uk

How Fair is North East Scotland?

Based on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s publications, “How fair is the UK?” and “How Fair is Scotland?,” this document considers the experience of ethnic minorities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. It brings together statistics and relevant local research on employment, housing, education, health, social connections, language and public safety, and identifies gaps where more data is needed to assess the outcomes of public policy.

GREC Briefing Papers (coming soon)

A series of short papers, condensing relevant research on equalities topics. To be launched in Autumn 2020.

Ethnic Minority Health Link Project

(ended in 2017?) Partnership to investigate and address the health needs of migrant and ethnic minority communities in Aberdeen. Click here for more information.

Gypsy/Traveller Research


More research publications can be found here.

Training and Consultancy

GREC offers a range of training packages, tailored to your organisation’s needs. We work with the public, private and third sector, community groups, educational establishments, etc. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Consultancy Service

Advice and support for businesses and organisations that want to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace and culture.

Contact: info@grec.co.uk (or John?)


Anti Discriminatory Awareness Practice Training (ADAPT) is an innovative book and community toolkit published by GREC to help address offending behaviour where prejudice/hate crime is a factor. ADAPT offers a resource guide blending criminal justice theory and grassroots work, alongside information and 44 practical exercises to address offending behaviour and hate crime/prejudice incidents.

Contact: info@grec.co.uk

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Equality and Diversity

The Equality Act 2010

Understanding Unconscious Bias

Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination

Reporting Prejudice Incidents and Hate Crime