Glasgow Equality Work

Glasgow Equality Forum

Glasgow Equality Forum (GEF) is a Glasgow-wide strategic policy forum which brings together

representatives of voluntary sector equality networks in the city to encourage better

co-operation and cross-sector engagement on equality issues.

GEF provides strategic and policy expertise, and through the associated

equality networks can provide access to wider viewpoints, including opportunities to engage with

grassroots community organisations.  Forum members can also provide advice and support on

effective community engagement.

Our member equality networks are:
Glasgow Disability Alliance
Glasgow Women’s Voluntary Sector Network
(co-ordinated by Wise Women)
Glasgow Voluntary Sector Race Equality Network (co-ordinated by CRER)

Our member organisations include:
LGBT Youth Scotland
Faith in Community Scotland
Age Scotland
Scottish Refugee Council
WSREC - West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

LGBT Health and Wellbeing

Quarterly Meetings

GEF holds quarterly meetings to:

  • raise issues of importance with Community Planning Partners, such as Glasgow City Council, Glasgow HSCP, Police Scotland, and Glasgow Life

  • build links across different networks, equality characteristics, and agencies and demonstrate good practice of working in partnership together

  • provide advice, monitoring, and support in relation to Community Planning Partners' work to implement the Equality Act 2010

  • create a space for community planning partners to engage with and draw on the experience of equality groups to improve the delivery of policies, services, and functions

Past Events and Public Meetings

GEF holds public events and seminars to increase knowledge and awareness about the work of local equality networks, promote good practice, and build links and partnerships with public sector bodies in Glasgow.

Previous events include:

  • Equalities Conversation (18th March 2016):  An event for public sector bodies and equality network members to learn more about each other’s work and explore how we can work together to promote and enhance equalities across Glasgow.

  • Equalities Meet Up (23rd May 2016): An opportunity for everyone who works with equality groups (for example LGBT/ BME communities/ women/ disabled people/ faith groups) to find out more about Glasgow equality networks, meet members of Glasgow Equality Forum, talk about the equality issues facing them, and explore how we can work together to promote and enhance equalities across Glasgow.

  • Education in Glasgow: Have Your Say (7th December 2016): An opportunity for young people 16 +, parents, carers, prospective learners and workers to share their experiences and opinions about the education issues important to them.   All feedback from the event was then provided to Glasgow City Council and FE and HE institutions in Glasgow to feed into their Equality Outcomes drafting process.

Keep up to date with GEF’s work and our upcoming events by following GEF on twitter @gefequality, or sign up for regular equality update emails on our website .


If you would like to find out more information about GEF, please contact GEF's Manager Lorraine Barrie at or 0141 418 6535.

Glasgow Voluntary Sector Race Equality Network

CRER facilitates the Glasgow Voluntary Sector Race Equality Network (GVSREN).

GVSREN is a platform through which voluntary and community groups led by or working with people from BME communities can network, share concerns, raise awareness, work together, and develop a coherent and strategic voice for racial equality in Glasgow. GVSREN is a forum to promote equality, rights, and social justice.

Members of GVSREN meet approximately four times a year. Members put forward agenda items to raise the issues that affect their organisations and the people they work with. This helps the network to provide mutual support to address the barriers faced by organisations, BME groups, and minority ethnic people living and working in Glasgow.

Representatives of the network sit on the Glasgow Equality Forum to promote racial equality alongside the other equality strands.  This ensures that the views of GVSREN members are heard and have an influence within Community Planning structures in Glasgow.

The network has been in existence since 1997, formally constituted in 2000 and was previously known as Glasgow Black and Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Network.

Membership of GVSREN is free.

There are currently 40 groups plus a wider mailing list of 200 Glasgow voluntary organisations and community groups.

If this is your area of work in Glasgow, and are interested in membership, or would like more information, Contact Zandra Yeaman at

Glasgow Public Sector Bodies

Thanks to funding from Glasgow City Council’s Integrated Grants Fund, CRER is able to offer support on race equality issues to Glasgow’s public sector. Each year, we carry out a range of targeted activities such as running topical events, publishing guides and research publications, and providing one-to-one support around the Public Sector Equality Duties. We also get involved in Community Planning structures through the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership Equality Working Group, feeding in views from our work with local voluntary and community organisations and offering expertise on legislation and best practice.

CRER also evaluates reports published by each of the 20 listed public bodies in Glasgow which demonstrate how well they have met the Scottish Specific Equality Duties as laid out in the Equality Act 2010. Our summary reports provide analysis of each report submitted to compare equality approaches across the city and highlight best practice and identify areas for improvement.

You can find copies of these reports here:

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