HUMAN RIGHTS INFO News BIHR’s new Community Human Rights Programme! 15 June 2021 10 Free Human Rights Workshops In May, we launched a new programme of work to build partnerships with 10 new community organisations. Thanks to support from our funders, we have been in a position to offer free human rights workshops to community groups and organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic. These workshops aim to build the capacity of people 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. For our final set of 10 free workshops, we invited organisations to apply! The deadline for applications was 21 May 2021. We are very excited to announce the organisations which were successful in securing a free human rights workshop! Organisations were shortlisted based on our criteria which we laid out here. Our confirmed partner organisations for this programme of human rights support are: HERe NI Northern Ireland Refugee & Asylum Seekers Womens Association (Bomoko NI) Dates-n-Mates Rock Trust Welsh Refugee Council Cheshire Disabled People’s Panel Friends, Families & Travellers Bristol Somali Resource Centre Alliance for Inclusive Education Silverline Memories These organisations hail from across the UK, supporting a range of different people and groups, including: Refugees and asylum seekers LGBTQI+ people People with disabilities and self-advocates Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities Young people experiencing/with experience of homelessness Migrant communities Children and young people with disabilities, parents and carers We can’t wait to start delivering our human rights workshops to our new partner organisations this week, enabling the people they support to build their knowledge and confidence to talk about their human rights when accessing or trying to access public services. Knowledge is power! Co-design a human rights support “solution” with BIHR We’re excited to be developing our human rights support for community groups from July 2021, through which we hope to reach many new communities across the UK – but we need your help! This new project seeks to support community groups and voluntary groups to find human rights “solutions” to address social justice issues using human rights. Initially, the aim is to develop this approach with a small number of partners as pilot project, to then develop our long-term offer to community groups. Our support is intended to enable groups to address the day-to-day issues where rights are risked, creating positive change within imperfect systems. Co-design is at the core of this project. Our approach to co-design will use the below 4-stage process to ensure that the views and opinions of our partners and the eventual end “users” of the solution are central to the development. We’re launching the Discover stage of this project with a workshop on 1 July 2021 for community, campaigning and advocacy organisations across the UK who are interested in working with us longer-term to support their human rights advocacy. We are talking collaborating over months rather than the hours/days we have been limited to previously. Perhaps those who missed out on our free sessions over the last year or those who have attended a free session and want to build on their human rights capacity to improve the lives of the people they support. So … if you had a blank page what human rights support would you want from us at BIHR? What would it look like? Think outside the box, it does not need to be a training session or a resource (it could be of course!), creativity welcome! How will it work … Register here for our Zoom workshop on 1 July 2021 at 10.30am – 12pm. The workshop is open to representatives of community, campaigning, and advocacy organisations across the UK. To ensure as many groups as possible can join us we are limiting spaces to 2 representatives per organisation. Joining us for this workshop means you will get a taster session of our human rights support, and importantly, you will be able to share your insights with us on what you need from us to truly integrate human rights advocacy into your work. You are the experts, and we want to hear from you to develop the next stage in our journey of providing human rights hub support. And then … we will take everything we learn from you to develop our next community programme of human rights support for community and voluntary organisations, and to seek further funding to resource this work. We will then set out a process for working with up to 5 partner groups for longer term collaboration (alongside wider opportunities, depending on what you tell us you need). This will be a complement to our work with people and public bodies, to provide community groups with the human rights advocacy support needed to make change through practical use of the law. Find out more about our work with communities here!