October 2021

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen new human rights issues arise, as well as an exacerbation of existing human rights issues. During this period, BIHR has been continuing to provide human rights workshops virtually as our team began to work from home in response to national lockdowns.

Between May 2020 and May 2021, BIHR delivered 27 workshops to 16 different organisations using funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Tudor Trust, the Bromley Trust, Comic Relief (Covid fund) and the Three Guineas Trust.

With the final pot of money from our funders, we decided to offer a final 10 human rights workshops to new partner organisations.

About the 10 free human rights workshops

In May 2021, we invited community groups and organisations to apply for a free human rights workshop for their members and/or the people they support. We were thrilled to hear from 34 groups in total, hailing from all over the UK, across the public, private and voluntary sector, and supporting people in a variety of situations, from people experiencing homelessness, to carers for people living with dementia.

We carefully selected 10 new partner organisations:

  1. The Alliance for Inclusive Education
  2. Bristol Somali Resource Centre
  3. Cheshire Disabled People’s Panel
  4. dates-n-mates Scotland
  5. Friends, Families and Travellers
  6. HERe NI
  7. Northern Ireland Refugee and Asylum Seeker Women’s Association (Bomoko NI)
  8. Rock Trust
  9. Silverline Memories
  10. Welsh Refugee Council

Over the summer, BIHR ran 10 bespoke human rights workshops alongside these wonderful organisations. In total, 159 people attended the workshops, which aimed to build their capacity to use human rights law in interactions with public services, and tackle social justice issues affecting them during what has been an incredibly challenging year.

Our Impact

As part of this series of workshops, we wrote an Impact Report which describes the process of this project and the ways in which our human rights support increase the knowledge and confidence of those who attended the ten workshops to use human rights in their lives.

Here are some of the key facts, figures and feedback from our ten human rights workshops!

Click the button below or follow this link to read our Impact Report in full.

Outcomes and Next Steps

The aim of this project was to support people accessing, or trying to access, public services, as well as their loved ones and those who care about them, to know about and use human rights in their conversations with public officials.

The data gathered across all 10 groups we worked with evidences that the knowledge and confidence of attendees in using human rights increased significantly. These workshops were delivered in summer 2021, and the aftershocks of the pandemic were still being felt. Having lived through this period where we have seen human rights put at risk, supporting people to recognise where human rights are relevant, and use them to create positive change in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, has never been more important.

We are committed to continuing to support people and their communities to know about their human rights and have the confidence to talk about and advocate for their rights in everyday situations where they interact with public bodies.

In order to evaluate the long-term impact of this series of human rights workshops, we plan to follow up with the ten partners organisations six months after the workshops took place. We hope to hear stories of how those who attended the workshops have used the knowledge they gained from these workshops to create positive change in their lives. We will update this report in due course with some of our findings. Stay tuned!

Thank you once again to our funders, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Tudor Trust, the Bromley Trust, Comic Relief (Covid fund) and the Three Guineas Trust, without whom this important work would not have been possible.

A final thank you to our ten partner organisations for sharing your time, ideas and experiences with us, all of which helped bring these human rights workshops to life.