About Us
PLEASE NOTE:  OUR TELEPHONE NUMBER HAS CHANGED TO:  01772 885085 with affect from 31/10/2022
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOW KNOWN AS - Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council - since 29 April 2015

Please Note that our TEMPORARY office opening times as from 6th April 2015 are;      
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm                                                                                                                            Please note that some details provided on our Home Page are now out of date and therefore the following information is correct, to date;
Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council was established in 1968.  The 1976 Race Relations Act, with its prohibition of indirect discrimination marked a turning point for racial harassment and equality became our main priority.
The agency serves an area which spans various district councils in the Preston and Western Lancashire area.  Namely the Boroughs of Preston, Blackpool, Wyre, Fylde, South Ribble, Chorley, the district of West Lancashire and the City of Lancaster.
Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council is a voluntary organisation, which receives NO financial support.  We do receive moral and in-kind support from Preston City Council.
Where we are

We are situated in the Town Hall Annexe, Birley Street, Preston, in the same building as the Citizens Advice Bureau.

What we do 

Discrimination Service;

We provide initial information, advice and general support if you feel you are being discriminated on the grounds of Disability, Race, Sex, Transgender status, Religion or Belief, Marriage/Civil partnership status, Pregnancy or Sexual Orientation.


 Where we cannot advise we will refer your case to an agency which is qualified to advise and assist you in the Employment Tribunal and Court (This service is chargeable, you don’t pay anything in advance but agree a percentage if you are successful by way of winning or any form of settlement).
You will be supported locally by us in facilitating contact with the above agency where necessary.

Race Hate/Harassment;

We will provide you with independent and unbiased information, advice and assist you to pursue your complaint if you are being harassed on the basis of your race, religion or nationality; this can be against individual or public service providers.
We will also make a referral to an accredited organisation where it’s needed.

Community Relations and Community Cohesion;

We have experience of over four decades in this field and can help Public and Private sectors to promote and enhance community engagement.


Immigration and related services;

We can provide you with basic information and general advice in the field of immigration. This can be your first point of contact where you will be given information to seek detailed and competent advice from a list of accredited agencies that are either regulated by Law Society or Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC).



If we cannot help directly we shall put you in touch with the right agency.



For more details and information please contact 01772 885085 or visit us between

9.30am – 12.30pm  Monday to Friday.
Please note that from 11 October 2013, our Freephone Helpline number is no longer available to report Hate Crimes.  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;  www.report-it.org.uk
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