PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOW KNOWN AS - Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council - since 29 April 2015
News Articles / Press Releases
YOU'RE INVITED TO THE 4TH ANNUAL PRESTON STAR EVENTS - Preston STAR events have been organised by the Preston & Western Lancashire REDC together with its key partners; Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, UCLAN, Preston Youth Council, More Music, Black and Ethnic Minority Forum and Trade Councils.  These events are to celebrate and raise awareness for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and to celebrate Preston's unique characteristics of the City's long tradition of tolerance and respect for all its citizens, and visitors! 
Friday 17 March 2017
Preston Standing Together Against Racism - School Choir Event - 53 Degrees, Fylde Road, Preston.   Schools from across Preston and Preston Youth Council invite you to join with them to show your commitment to community cohesion and tackling racism in the City.  Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start for an evening of songs, dance , drama and speeches by young people from Preston and guest speakers.
Book your ticket(s) via the link; 
Saturday 18 March 2017
Preston Standing Together Against Racism - Community Day Event, Preston Flag Market - 11am to 3pm - Come along to a FREE event where there will be performances and music from local artists and Stalls housing numerous organisations providing information.
Preston Standing Together Against Racism - Community Day - FREE event - Preston Flag Market - Saturday 19 March 2016 - ALL WELCOME!
A wide range of community groups and organisations from the Preston area have joined Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council to organise a community day which will take place on the Flag Market from 11am - 3pm on March 19th 2016.  The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Preston at 1pm.
This event is a FREE event to all Citizens of Preston and others visiting Preston City.  The event is also part of the celebration and public awareness for the 'International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination' which will be on 21st March 2016.
There will be stalls providing information and advice together with entertainment throughout the day including crowd participation in Bollywood style dancing and African drumming and salsa dancing provided by Salsa Northwest.  Performers include local artists Bingo Bay and Crossbill.


The Fusion Awards will take place in the Concert Hall, King George’s Hall in Blackburn on Saturday May 30 2015.


Details of the finalists can be found here;

Preston Standing Together Against Racism  - March 2015

There will be a 3 day event for Preston STAR on Friday 20 March 2015 11am-1pm which will be a Mass School Choir event at the Charter Theatre, to book a place please click here;  
Take a look at last year's event:

On Saturday 21 March 2015 there will be a Community Day on Preston's Flag Market from 11am-3pm which will house Stalls from organisations and groups and also performances throughout the day!  For information please see the flyer here; /uploads/Preston STAR 2015-FLYER.pdf 
There will be a music event for Preston Standing Together Against Racism to be held on Friday 27 March 2014 at 7pm at the Charter Theatre in Preston.  Performers include Kingslee 'Akala' Daley, Palestinian Debka Ban '47 Soul', Sophia Ben Yousef and Classical Indian artists.
TICKETS £15 (or pay on the door)

Early bird Tickets £10 (buy before 15th March)

NUS/Student Tickets £8


For more information:

T: 07870 100 590


If any links do not work, please type them into your web browser.
Preston Standing Together Against Racism - 2014
To raise awareness about the insidious effects of racism and highlight the positive influence of diversity of cultures and communities, Preston is organising ‘Preston Standing Together Against Racism'.  This event is FREE and will be held over three days Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March 2014 and will include a varied programme of activities involving young people and community groups from Preston.  Please go the Events Diary Page for futher information or click here;
Please note that from 11 October 2013, our Freephone Helpline number is NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  If you need to report a Hate Crime please call 101 or in an emergency call 999.  You can pass on information about crime anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Or you can report online, directly at;
PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM 1st JUNE 2013 - Unfortunately due to no further funding the Race Hate Awareness & Prevention project is no longer active at the REC.
If you are a victim of Hate Crime and wish to report it, you can call 101.
If your incident is an emergency call 999, or if you would like to speak to someone, contact your local Police.  You can pass on information about crime, anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Or you can report online, directly at;

PLEASE NOTE:  As from 01 April 2012 we will no longer be able to provide the Legal Casework Service, as our current funders, Equality and Human Rights Commission will not be funding this project.  Therefore this service ended on 31 March 2012.  


We will try and gain future funding from other sources. 

Equality Advisory Support Service

The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) is an advice service aimed at individuals who need expert information, advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues and the applicable law, particularly when this is more than advice agencies and other local organisations can provide.
The EASS was commissioned by Government in 2012 to replace the EHRC Helpline, which is now closed. The EHRC is no longer able to respond to individual enquiries as the EASS has taken over this role. Information about the decision to close the Helpline is available on the Government Equalities Office website.
The service is run by Sitel working with Disability Rights UK and other partners. The EASS works collaboratively with other advice organisations from whom it receives referrals, and with the EHRC. It does this by referring on potential test cases and sharing information to inform the EHRC's wider work on equality and human rights. Information is only passed on with the consent and knowledge of the individual concerned.

The EASS can:

  • Give bespoke advice to individuals across the whole of Great Britain on discrimination issues
  • Explain legal rights and remedies within discrimination legislation, across the three nations
  • Explain options for informal resolution and help people to pursue them
  • Refer people who cannot or do not wish to go down this road to conciliation or mediation services
  • Help people who need or want to seek a legal solution by helping to establish eligibility for legal aid and, if they are not eligible, to find an accessible legal service or to prepare and lodge a claim themselves

But it cannot:

  • Provide legal advice
  • Provide representation in any legal proceedings
  • Provide advice on court or tribunal procedures once a claim has been issued
  • Advise on the strength of a case or the evidence needed to prove a case
  • Provide advice to employers
  • Provide advice to solicitors and other professional advisors

Contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The contact details for the service are:

Phone: 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084


Post: FREEPOST Equality Advisory Support Service FPN4431

Opening hours:

09:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday
10:00 to 14:00 Saturday
closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Many thanks to all our users and partners of the Service.
Please note that the High Commission of India has declared there will be NO future visa surgeries.
  • Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council celebrated its 40th Year Anniversary on 21st November 2008 at the University of Central Lancashire.
  • If you wish to become an Affiliated Organisation / Individual Member of Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council please contact us for further information on; 01772 906422
Launch of Evaluation of Race Hate Awareness & Prevention, undertaken by leading Author and Researcher on Hate Crimes, Dr. Paul Iganski 2012. 
Click on the link to read the Report! /uploads/RHAP Report - Web - Email - 98 pdf.pdf

CONGRATULATIONS to RHAP for winning the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Community Project of the Year category at the European Diversity Awards 2012
The event was held in September at the Savoy Hotel in London. 
Click on the link to see other EDA winners;
Preston & Western Lancashire REC's Race Hate Awareness & Prevention Team have successfully secured funding for a further 12 months. 
Click link below for details from Big Lottery Fund;

Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council has been nominated for the Charity Organisation Award for Race at the National Diversity Awards 2012.


If you would like to vote for us, please click the link below which will take you to an online nomination form on the National Diversity Awards 2012 website.


If you require further information about the National Diversity Awards 2012, visit their website on the link below;



to the RHAP team and Partners on receiving the Advancing Equality Award at the COMPACT Awards 2011!


Compact Voice have used the partnership achievements as a case-study on their website for all to see. 
The link will take you to it:



CONGRATULATIONS to Lancashire United Against Hate Partnerhip who were shortlisted in the UnitedHealth Group Diversity team of the year category of the European Diversity Awards 2011 which took place on 22nd September 2011 at the Savoy Hotel, London - the Partnership came RUNNERS UP!  WELL DONE to the team!!
Click on the links below for the full list of shortlisted nominees published in TIMEOUT and articles relating to this item;

CONGRATULATIONS to our RHAP team for their Lancashire Constabulary Divisional Commander's Commendation they have been awarded for their good work!! Well done! 
See the Lancashire Evening Post article here;

CONGRATULATIONS to our RHAP officers who have been nominated for 2011 Fusion Award for their partnership work for Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council for the H8 Lancashire United Against Hate DVD which is being hailed as good practice, NATIONALLY! - see the Asian Image article here;