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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”).

We are a registered Charity number 1088411 and a Company Limited by Guarantee Number 4198889.  We have a board of 10 trustees who oversee the work of the organisation.  We are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) for our immigration work.

We have been working in our locality delivering work and projects to meet the needs of the community. This has included campaigning, lobbying, delivering long and short term projects.

Big Lottery Fund

  • Employment Advice Project (1997-2000)
  • Employment Rights Project (2002-2007)
  • Chances For All Project (2012-2018)
  • Improving Lives Project (2016-2021)
  • Positive Minds Project (2018-2023)

Equality & Human Rights Commission

  • Hate Crime Project (2009-2012)

Charnwood Borough Council

  • Government’s Prevent Agenda Project (2011-2012)
  • Debt & Money Advice (2014-2017)

Leicestershire County Council

  • Advice work (1975-2014)
  • Forced Marriages Project (2011)
  • Learning Disability Project (2006)

Lloyds Bank Foundation

  • South Asian Women’s Project (2010-2012)

Erasmus Plus

  • Training events with people across Europe(2006-2018)

Skills Funding Agency

  • Stepping into Work (2014-2015)

The Good Things Foundation

  • English My Way Big Lottery Funded (2017-2018)

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
David Feantonby

David Featonby

Chair

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.

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.

Lynne Newbitt

Lynne Newbitt

Treasurer

Lynne Newbitt is a Loughborough resident and has an expertise in IT. She joined the group in 2017 and acted as assistant treasurer for her first year on the committee. In 2018 she took up the role of Treasurer.

Trevor Shaw

Trevor Shaw

Assistant Treasurer / Personnel Officer

Trevor Shaw retired local government officer. He has been with the organisation as treasurer since early 1990’s and in 2018 became Assistant Treasurer and Personnel Officer. Trevor is also a churchwarden of one of the local churches.

Justin O’Brien

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.

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.

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).

Alea Hanif

Alea is a primary school teacher and has been a teacher for 7 years. She is a member of the local community and has actively been involved with the community from a young age working as a home school liaison officer, a family learning support tutor and most recently promoting and leading a dementia support group. She has previously worked for equality action and strives for equality and diversity.

Emily Keightly

Emily Keightley moved to from St Ives in Cornwall to Loughborough in 1999 as an undergraduate student. She now lives here permanently with her partner and their children. Emily is Professor of a Media and Memory Studies in the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University. She teaches and writes about memory, time and their mediation in everyday life. A lot of her research has involved engaging with the local community and she was delighted to be invited to join the board of Equality Action this in summer 2018.