To mark the first year of the Equality and Rights Network (EaRN), we held a free collaborative event to identify key equality and rights priorities for Edinburgh citizens on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

The morning began with a welcome from David Griffiths (Edinburgh Partnership lead on Equality and Rights and Chief Executive of EaRN member Ecas), an introduction from Councillor Maureen Child (Convener communities and Neighbourhood Committee at City of Edinburgh Council), and a poem (Jock Tamson’s Bairns) from local Edinburgh writer and activist Jo McFarlane.

The event was a huge success with a mix of individuals, third sector organisations and projects, and key public sector representatives joining together for interactive workshops around the key themes of:

Community Safety and Justice

Employment and Income
Read the write up from our Equalities Ambassador Lisa Moffat on this table here.

Welfare and Benefits
Read the write up from our Equalities Ambassador and Facilitator here.

Access
Read the write up from our Equalities Ambassador and Table Facilitator Kelly Phillips on this table here.

Transport

Health and Care

The first session focused on the issues surrounding these themes, and the second session on the action that can be taken.

Photo 1: EaRN's 1st Birthday: Looking Back, Planning forward

Pictured above: Excellent discussions underway at the event.

Photo 2: EaRN's 1st Birthday: Looking Back, Planning Forward

Pictured above: Just a taster of the content generated by the table discussions.

Please check back soon for more information on the table discussions.

Photo 3: EaRN's 1st Birthday: Looking Back, Planning Forward

Pictured above: Councillor Maureen Child with the EaRN #myequality board at the event. What does equality mean to you? How do we get there? @EaRNnetwork aims to find out #myequality #platformforchange

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a huge success.

We are busily digesting all the fantastic outcomes from the day so please watch this space for more detailed feedback on the rest of the table discussions and the event itself, additional photos, and EaRN’s way forward and what we have learnt from the morning.

 

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