Equality contacts

As well as ourselves, there are a number of other organisations who deal with equality and diversity issues:


Connect to Support York we have launched a new website tohelp local people find the support they need. Connect to support is an online market place which enables older people, those with disabilities, or those who simply need some support to remain independent, to shop for support services and products, find local activities and groups and look up information and advice.

Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body established to help eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations

Equality Advisory Service has a Helpline to give information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues. The service is free and fully accessible by phone, email, fax, post, video link for those who wish use BSL and has access to advocacy services for those with mental ill health and people with a learning disability.

  • tel: 0808 800 0082 or 0808 800 0084

Support Line provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. 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, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse. For more information contact:

Victim Support is the national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected. They are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to the police to get their help. You can call any time after the crime has happened, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.


Age UK aims to improve later life for everyone through their information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.

  • tel: 0800 169 6565

YorOk supports children, young people, parents and carers, and anyone who looks after or works with children and young people in York.


York People First is a charity is a charity and independent self-advocacy group. It is run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities. Further contact details:

Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID). They 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. Further contact details:

  • tel: 0808 808 0123
  • textphone No: 0808 808 9000

Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose. They provide advice through helplines and websites and campaign for the changes that people with a learning disability want. Further contact details:

  • tel: 0808 808 1111

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 the leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss. Further contact details:

  • tel: 0303 123 9999

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, families and parenting, communication, education and therapies. Further contact detais:

  • tel: 0808 800 3333

Race or Religion

York Racial Equality Network is a voluntary organisation and 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. Further contact details:

  • tel: 01904 642600, 9.00am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday
  • email: info@yren.co.uk

Gypsy and Traveller

York Travellers Trust provides support and advice to the Gypsy and Traveller community. Further contact details:

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 individual Gypsies and Travellers, families and communities. Further contact details:

Sexual Orientation

York LGBT Forum is a vibrant forum who meet monthly to support York's LGBT community. The Forum was established in 2006, to act 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 existing and new LGB&T community groups. Further contact details:

  • tel: 01904 620400

Broken Rainbow UK is the only National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline providing confidential support to all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities, their family and friends, and agencies supporting them. Further contact details:

  • tel: 0300 999 5428 Monday and Thursday 10.00am to 8.00pm
  • tel: 0300 99 5428 Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00am to 5.00pm (On Tuesday between 1.00pm to 5.00pm it is a Trans specific service)
  • email: help@brokenrainbow.org.uk

Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (FFLAG) is Lesbian and Gay Foundation a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons. Further contact details:

  • tel: 0845 652 0311

(LGF) 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 is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues. Further contact details:

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