The Access Panel has become a member of the Equality and Rights Network (EaRN), an exciting new project funded by Edinburgh Council and run by Volunteer Edinburgh to promote equality in the Edinburgh area.
EaRN takes a very broad view, focusing on all forms of inequality and discrimination including those based on disability, age, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.
Organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting equality and combating discrimination are being invited to become EaRN members and ambassadors. They will be able to make useful new contacts, exchanging information about the needs of those who face the challenges of any type of inequality, sharing best practice and agreeing priorities across different protected groups.
Right now there are a large number of organisations who set out to combat various specific forms of inequality. By bringing these organisations together EaRN will help to integrate their services, filling gaps between them and ironing out inconsistencies. In particular, EaRN will address the issues faced by individuals who experience more than one form of discrimination by bringing the relevant support agencies together.
The panellists are looking forward to learning about different forms of inequality as well as telling others about the impact of disabilities.