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)
Training events with people across Europe(2006-2018)
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 is a local resident and has expertise in equality legislation and human resources. She is also a qualified trainer.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.