Equalities and discrimination awareness-raising project

Progress towards equality: Reaching out to communities

In 2010, ASA Advicenow secured funding from the European Union and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to run an awareness-raising project on equalities and discrimination issues.

The aim of the project is to improve the capacity of individuals and communities to deal with discrimination issues, by building awareness and understanding and giving people the confidence and skills to take action. The project will operate both nationally and locally.

  • At a national level, the ‘Is that discrimination?’ website will act as a national focus for the campaign with new and updated guides and resources.
  • At a local level, the project will support eleven local advice agencies to deliver public legal education (PLE) equalities projects to empower their local communities.

The project will also support local agencies by:

  • producing an ‘Equalities PLE’ toolkit, drawing on PLE principles to help local agencies plan and deliver local discrimination projects;
  • developing an ‘Outcomes in communities’ criteria framework which can be used to help plan and assess local PLE equalities projects;
  • providing a dedicated worker with expertise in PLE that agencies can call on for advice and support; and
  • providing a small amount of funding per agency.

In October 2010, a best practice guide, ‘How to do equality PLE’ was published. More about the guide is here.

The project is being delivered by ASA Advicenow in partnership with AdviceUK, Citizens Advice and Law Centres Federation and builds on the work of previous projects funded from the EU PROGRESS fund.

Advicenow are identifying examples of equalities projects in Europe, contributing to the toolkit and reporting and helping to identify tools which can be used to evaluate Equalities PLE projects.

Many fascinating projects have now been identified in several Europe countries including Iceland, Hungary, Croatia, Finland and Bulgaria. You can read about them in Five minute masterclass.

Advicenow’s ‘Is that discrimination?’ website has a new section for professionals carrying out local PLE projects and a Facebook page where you can register your support.

Visit Take part on Advicenow’s website to find out how individuals and agencies can get involved.

More about PROGRESS

‘Progress Towards Equality: Reaching out to communities’ is funded by the EU and EHRC. The programme is supported by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – Progress (2007 – 2013).

The Decision no 1672/2006 establishing a Community programme for employment and social solidarity – PROGRESS was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 24th October 2006 and published in the OJ on 15th November 2006. Its overall aim is to support financially the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area as set out in the social Agenda and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.

Progress’ mission is to strengthen the EU contribution in support of Member States’ commitments and efforts to create more and better jobs and to build a more cohesive society.

To that effect, PROGRESS:

  • provides analysis and policy advice on PROGRESS policy areas;
  • monitors and reports on the implementation of EU legislation and policies in PROGRESS policy areas;
  • promotes policy transfer, learning and support among Member States on EU objectives and priorities;
  • relays the views of the stakeholders and society at large.

The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27m, EFTA-EEA, Croatia, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and EU candidate countries and Serbia.

More information about Progress

Updated October 2010

Published: 21 October 2010

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