Board Statement regarding temporary suspension of Sheffield Feminist Network

Following a discussion at the meeting of the Equality Hub Network Board on 23 October the Board unanimously agreed to the temporary suspension of the Sheffield Feminist Network from participating in any Equality Hub Network activities pending a full investigation.

The investigation will explore concerns raised at the Board regarding conduct by the Sheffield Feminist Network which allegedly contradicts the values and ethos of the Equality Hub Network. The investigation will be carried out by delegates from each hub along with an independent representative. Sheffield Feminist Network have been notified; invited to participate in the investigation process; and will have a full right of appeal. 

The Equality Hub Network is an independent advisory group established by Sheffield City Council to create a space in which to enable our diverse communities to have greater voice and influence over decisions in the City.

There are 7 individual hubs representing the following communities: 

  • Age Hub (intergenerational)
  • BAMER Hub (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee)
  • Carers' Hub
  • Disability Hub (all impairments)
  • LGBT+ Hub (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, other sexual orientations and gender identities)
  • Religion/Belief/No Belief Hub (includes no religious belief)
  • Women's Hub

Each hub sends elected representatives to the Equality Hub Board meeting which meets quarterly to discuss broader issues affecting the network as a whole.

Grants supporting the Equality Hubs

The Equality and Fairness Grants 2017-20 Fund is specifically for coordinating each of the Equality Hubs (excluding the Carers’ Hub, which is included in the Carers' Contract). The fund ensures effectiveness and enables joint working.

The grants recipients, amounts awarded and their corresponding Equality Hubs are:

  • Age Hub: Age UK (£11,250) and Sheffield Futures (£3,725)
  • BAMER Hub: FaithStar Foundation (£15,000)
  • Disability Hub: Disability Sheffield (£15,000)
  • LGBT+ Hub: LGBT Sheffield (£10,000)
  • Belief and/or Religion Hub: Sheffield Faiths Together (£10,000)
  • Women’s Hub: Together Women (£10,000)