There are a number of other organisations, as well as ourselves, who offer help with equality and diversity issues.


General support agencies

  • Live Well York - we have launched a new website to help local people find the support they need. Live Well York is an online market place which enables older people, those with disabilities, or those who simply need support to remain independent, to shop for support services and products and find local activities and support groups
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body established to help eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and build good relations
  • Equality Advisory Service offers information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues. The service is free and accessible by phone, email, fax, post, video link for those who wish use BSL and offers advocacy services for those experiencing mental ill health and those with learning disabilities
  • Support Line provides a confidential helpline offering emotional support; the helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, in 'at risk groups' and victims of any form of abuse
  • Victim Support is a national charity which offers free and confidential support to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected. They are not a government agency or linked to the police, and you don't have to report a crime to get help; you can call them any time, whether the crime happened yesterday, last week or several years ago

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Age-related support agencies

  • Age UK aims to improve later life for everyone through their information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research
  • YorOK supports children, young people, parents and carers, and anyone who looks after or works with children and young people in York

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Disability support agencies

  • Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) provide day-to-day care for people who are deaf and have additional needs, offer practical advice to help people protect their hearing, campaign to change public policy around hearing loss issues and support research into an eventual cure for hearing loss and tinnitus
  • Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and campaign for changes people with a learning disability want; they provide advice through their helpline and website
  • Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem; they campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost 2 million people with sight loss
  • Scope and Disability Information and Advice Lines (DIALs) offer the best combination of national disability expertise and local knowledge, providing free, impartial and expert information, advice and support to disabled people and their families on a variety of topics including: cerebral palsy, communication, education and therapies
  • York Disability Rights Forum is led by disabled people and works to promote equal access to human rights for all those with disabilities who live or work in York. The Forum aims to be a collective voice, to raise awareness of issues affecting disabled people in York and create positive changes
  • York People First is a charity and independent self-advocacy group; it is run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities

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Race or religion-related support agencies

  • York Racial Equality Network is a charity which aims to promote awareness of the needs of black and minority ethnic people in the York area; it provides independent, impartial information and mutual support to people experiencing racial harassment, victimisation, discrimination or isolation. The office is open 9.00am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday

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Gypsy and Traveller support agencies

  • York Travellers Trust provides support and advice to the Gypsy and Traveller community
  • Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) is a national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background; they provide advice and support for Gypsies and Travellers, families and communities

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Sexual orientation support agencies

  • York LGBT Forum is a vibrant forum which meets monthly to support York's LGBT community; the Forum acts as a strong and unified voice for the local LGBT community
  • Yorkshire MESMAC is a non-statutory organisation and charity, which consists of a group of sexual health, support and information projects working with gay and bisexual men in the region; it provides support for new and existing LGBT community groups
  • Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (FFLAG) is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons
  • LGBT Foundation is a vibrant charity with a wide portfolio of well-established services, offering support, advice and information, and a rapidly developing range of new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people; their mission is ‘Ending Homophobia, Empowering People'
  • The Gender Trust offers support and information for anyone with questions or problems concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues
  • Trans Unite is a national organisation for those searching for support with transgender identity; their easy to use directory connects you to an established network or trans support group near you

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Also see

Communities and Equalities Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551832