Redbridge Equalities and Community Council is a registered charity with a
long and distinguished record in addressing inequalities, maintaining
community cohesion and fighting discrimination in all its forms.
The organisation began life in the late 1960s as Redbridge Community Relations Council,
developing into a joint venture between the Commission for Racial Equality,
Redbridge Council and burgeoning local community organisations.
Through the seventies, the CRC focused particularly on discrimination in education,
employment and health and social services. Perhaps inevitably, this brought us into conflict with the Council, and for some
years we survived only on CRE funding. But as the political context and the borough’s population changed, a very positive
working relationship with the Council developed, and remains in place today.
A number of serious racist attacks and other incidents in the Borough in the 1980s saw a greater focus on racial harassment
and violence. The CRC worked with the police and others to ensure that incidents were recorded and taken seriously, with
victims to ensure that they received the support they needed, and with schools and other organisations to help address the
causes. In the early nineties, we, like all other CRCs, became a Race Equality Council, with a name and terms of reference
which better reflected our work.
More recent years have seen a broadening and integration of the equalities agenda, culminating in the Equalities Act 2010.
Anticipating this, we broadened our work to cover the whole range of equality strands and took on our present name.
Currently we receive core funding from Redbridge Council as the voluntary strategic partner on community cohesion and
participation and from the Redbridge Safer Communities Partnership for some of our work on hate crime and harassment.
RECC Hate Crime Hotline: 07847829991 (6pm until midnight)
Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline: 020 8478 4679
Victim Support Redbridge: 020 8551 5500
Police: 999 in an emergency
Registered Charity: 1002357
Our organisation has grown considerably to fight not just racial discrimination but all types of discrimination as as well champion and support much needed community development work that promote equality of opportunity and a harmonious community.
Therefore our name change in 2007 to Redbridge Equalities and Community Council is a true reflection of our work with all equality strands and people with different circumstances.
Telephone: 020 8551 8178
Address: Redbridge Equalities and Community Council, United Reform Church, 39 Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, Essex,