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London Communities Programme: Free Summer Human Rights Workshops

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Date: June 20 2024

Start Time: 09:30

End Time: 12:30

Cost: Free


This summer, we're offering community groups and voluntary sector organisations based in London the chance to join us on a free 2-part, human rights capacity building programme.

The course consists of 2 half day workshops taking place on Thursday 20th June and Wednesday 17th July from 9.30-12.30 pm. Lunch will be provided following the event. The events will take place at The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU.

Attendees will:

  • Learn what protections the Human Rights Act offers your community
  • Learn how you can you use the Human Rights Act in advocacy with public services to create positive change
  • Share and be supported to map key issues facing your community to human rights law
  • Learn more about embedding a human rights based approach within your community and hear examples of organisations successfully doing this.

The programme is funded to support communities attempting to tackle human rights issues or who are currently facing discrimination and disadvantage in London.

Anyone working for a Community or Voluntary Sector organisation based in London who is interested in learning more about using human rights for positive change can sign up.

You should be able to attend both course dates.

You can sign up by clicking the ‘register here’ button on this page. This will take you to a form which you should complete and submit. You can let us know if you have any accessibility requirements or need any support to attend the events.


Workshop 1 on 20th June will include an introduction to the Human Rights Act in the UK. You'll learn what human rights protections the law offers your community and how you can you use the law in advocacy with public services to create positive change. You'll have a chance to share and be supported to map key issues facing your community to human rights law.

Workshop 2 on 17th July will be focused on learning more about embedding a human rights based approach within your community. You’ll learn what a human rights based approach is, we’ll share frameworks for doing this in practice and examples of community orgs who are working towards achieving this.

*Please be aware we are not able to offer advice or support on individual cases. Please see our help page for organisations that may be able to assist if you or someone you know is facing a human rights issue.

We hope to be able to offer everyone a place on this free course. however we have a room capacity and expect very high interest. After you register, we will confirm your place via email, alongside further details ahead of attending the events.

We have a limited number of participation bursaries of £150 to be provided to organisations following attendance at both workshops. This bursary is to recognise that for small organisations taking time out to attend events comes at a cost to the organisation and we hope it can contribute towards time and travel costs. 

These will be administered following our workshop series on a first come, first served basis. If we have a large number of applications for bursaries, we will prioritise organisations with a smaller annual turnover. The bursaries will be paid directly to your organisation.

The London Communities: Human Rights Programme is a programme funded by the Baring Foundation and led by the British Institute of Human Rights and Just Fair

The programme aims to promote and develop the use of human rights-based approaches for London-focused organisations.   

At BIHR and Just Fair our work over many years has shown us that when community groups are supported to use international and domestic human rights law, there is an opportunity to create social justice through practical, real-world change.   

We hope that by the end of the programme organisations we’ve worked with along the way are empowered to use a Human Rights- Based Approach to participate in the development of policies and practices that impact the lives of their communities.


Read more about our work across the programme here.

Please send any event queries to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 


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