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About us

We are Equality Action from February 2017 (formerly known as Human Rights & Equalities Charnwood (HR&EC). Until 9 September 2008 we were Charnwood Racial Equality Council. We were first established as the Charnwood Community Relations Council in the Borough of Charnwood in May 1969 (then known as "The Garden”).

What We Do

Advice work
We give advice and information on welfare benefits, immigration, debt and money management. Where we are unable to help we can refer you to partners agencies.

Chances For All
Big Lottery funded project working with women of South Asian background.

Improving Lives
Big Lottery funded project working with men from South Asian background.

Debt & Money Management
We deliver debt advice on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council.  For specialist support we refer clients to Loughborough Citizen’s Advice Bureau and offer language support where needed.

Promoting Cohesion
We are a key partner in the borough on promoting community cohesion. We work with partners to organise events that bring people of different backgrounds, faiths, cultures together to celebrate diversity. We work closely with the Loughborough Council of Faiths and help organise the annual Loughborough Mela.

Campaigning and Lobbying
We work to change policies and practices, which discriminate or deny equal opportunities.

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Meet Our Team

Meet the people behind Equality Action.

Varsha Parmar

Varsha Parmar

Executive Officer

Minara Rahman

Minara Rahman

Chances For All Project Officer

Yesmin Choudhury

Yesmin Choudhury

Chances For All Project Officer

Kazi Mashud

Kazi Mashud

Improving Lives Project Officer

Mehraj Alamgir

Mehraj Alamgir

Improving Lives Project Officer

Chayara Chowdhury

Chayara Chowdhury

Caseworker

Amina Wadud

Amina Wadud

Caseworker

Equality Action's Board of Trustees
Justin O’Brien

Justin O’Brien

Chair

Justin is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and works for North West Leicestershire District Council in the Housing Service. Justin has been on the board of Equality Action for 4 years and has been the Chair for 2 years.

Abida Akram

Abida Akram

Vice Chair

Abida Akram is a local resident and has expertise in equality legislation and human resources. She is also a qualified trainer.

Linda Foukes

Linda Foukes

Company Secretary

Linda is the Company Secretary and has been a trustee for over 10 years. She works at Rosebery St. Peter’s Community Centre as the Centre Co-ordinator.

Trevor Shaw

Trevor Shaw

Treasurer

Trevor Shaw retired local government officer. He has been with the organisation as treasurer since early 1990’s. Trevor is also a churchwarden of one of the local churches.

Peter Lewis

Peter was a former Charnwood Borough & Leicestershire County Councillor. He is also a retired university lecturer in English & Drama, Loughborough University. He is a Honorary Alderman of Leicestershire.

Jill Vincent

Jill Vincent worked in social policy research; she was a Borough Councillor for many years and Mayor. Now she is active locally with Equality Action, Charnwood Arts and John Storer Charnwood and as a Governor at Loughborough College.

Yasmin Ali

Yasmin grew up in Loughborough and still lives in the Charnwood area. The reason she became a Trustee was to help and support the local community in the same way her family were helped and supported when they first came to Loughborough.

Steve Phipps

Steve is a local resident with experience of working in both public and voluntary sectors.

David Featonby

David is a retired minister for the United Reformed Church having served for 12 years at Loughborough URC. Previously David worked in the retail sector and has always been involved in local, national and international projects that aim to promote equality, fairness and diversity.

Tony Payne

Retired Classics teacher who leads Classical Civilization/Latin/Classical Greek groups in Charnwood U3A, member of Loughborough URC, music (piano/organ), Scottish dancing (teaches for Nottingham branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society/RSCDS).