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Welcome to REIN

Rights & Equalities In Newham
- Since 1975 -

At REIN, we’re raising funds and promoting initiatives to help those who need it most. With an array of fundraising events and volunteer projects, we welcome you to join our endeavors aimed at making our community flourish. Read on and contact us to learn how you can become part of the change.

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Support REIN to build a new kitchen and develop a community Café at REIN’s youth & community centre in Plaistow, Newham. We aim to refurnish the floor of our community hall to enable workshops such as self-defence, youth awareness courses and dance classes.

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About Us

Our History

REIN was first established as a charity in 1975 with the aim to:

Eliminate racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity, justice

and good relations between persons of different racial groups.

Our objectives, to work with partners and stakeholders to eliminate discrimination and

promote equalities are enshrined in the creation of our organisation and are at the

heart of the ethos of our work with communities across Newham.

Our objectives include:

  • Development of equalities case work

  • Continued educational support work on equalities issues within schools

  • Development of youth projects to support young people

  • Development of partnerships to grow services and ensure equalities is at the forefront of community engagement.

Our Vision

Eliminate racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and justice for all people.

Our Values

Diversity - we celebrate the diversity of the
community in Newham and reflect this in all our
Community - we are proud to work with and on
behalf of the whole community, responding
flexibly to their changing needs.

Respect - we value our staff, volunteers, and
partnerships, encouraging development and
recognising their performance and contributions.

Partnership - we work with members,
stakeholders and the wider community to support
and develop collaboration and co-production.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life of the local community by promoting and advancing equalities and diversity, education, social welfare and recreational activities without distinction of race gender sexual orientation, age, disability or political cultural or religious beliefs.

To engage and support the most excluded members of our community.

To empower the community and individuals to take greater control of decisions which impact on their lives and their communities.

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What We Do


Communities Against Hate Crime

Organisations across East and North London have joined forces to deal with the
menace of hate crime. Rights and Equalities in Newham, Enfield Racial Equality
Council, Redbridge Equalities and Community Council, Barking and Dagenham Racial
Equality Council and Waltham Forest Race Equality Council are working in
partnership to eradicate this problem,
with funding from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).

The Community Against Hate Crime project will:

  • Provide a hate crime advice and advocacy service across Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest

  • Establish a Community Witness & Support Team – a team of volunteers who we will train to go and visit victims of hate crime – across these boroughs

  • Speak to community organisations, congregations, schools, youth clubs... about the menace of hate crime, how to report it, what you can do to support those being targeted

  • Leaflet hate-crime hotspots, to encourage victims and their neighbours to come forward to report incidents and to seek support

  • Establish mutual support groups of victims of hate crime, allowing them to support each other and have a collective platform to talk to the appropriate authorities about the problems they are facing.

    Please invite us to speak to your organisation.

Contact us if you want to volunteer in the Community Witness & Support Team. Don’t Suffer in Silence. Please get in touch with us if you are suffering hate crime or know that it is going on in your area.

The Hate Crime and Advocacy Officer is available every fortnight on a Monday 12-2pm at Rights & Equalities in Newham (REIN), 478 Barking Road, Plaistow E13 8QB. To make an appointment call: 020 7473 5349


Legal Advice

Diplock Solicitors: 
pro bono legal advice – every Monday 11am – 3pm


Victim Support

Free advice on Mondays 11am – 1pm

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Who We Are



The appointment of Trustees is detailed in our memorandum and articles of
association. Trustees form the management committee, our members are drawn from the public who express an interest in equality issues and are formally elected at annual general meetings. There are 11 trustees, the trustees meet at least six times a year.

Trustees are responsible for the strategic and financial development of the charity,
based on information provided by the Chief executive officer, Paul Leslie, who is
mandated to lead the organisation on a day-day basis.


Chief Executive: Paul Leslie

“REIN is a fantastic charity, our work with children, young people and adults is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers, who are committed to the communities we serve”.


Rev Dr Chigor Chike - Chairman
Mr Surinder Jandu MBE- Treasurer
Mrs (Wendy) Y.A Olojo
Mrs Anna Shillingford OBE
Mrs Lena Malcolm
Ms Valerie Brown
Ms Pam Rene - Vice Chair

Cllr Joy Laguda MBE
Mr P Leslie - Company Secretary

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Community Space

Our purpose built youth and community facility from which we deliver bespoke and innovative projects, programmes and activities for local people in Plaistow and
across Newham.

The Mix is also available for hire for meetings, parties and events throughout the year.

Youth Programme

We work with young people, who help design and deliver, a weekly positive activities programme.

We use a variety of methods to contact young people throughout the year, such as:

Building based activities delivered from our community space, outreach work, partnership work with schools and colleges and detached youth work.

Our youth programmes operate on a minimum of three evenings a week and on Saturday mornings, the range of projects delivered are:

Cooking, music, sport, games and activities, board games and PS4, self-defence workshops, drama / role play, trips, summer & half-term schemes, discussion groups, LGBTQ and young women’s groups, ICT, arts and crafts, volunteering opportunities.


Youth Events

REIN encourages young people to work towards and achieve their goals, through developing and taking part in events, performances and shows throughout the year.

Sport, Health & Wellbeing

Our sport programme helps to increase the fitness and well-being of young people through the delivery of non-contact boxing, football, self-defence, table tennis, street dance and Zumba. 

Many of our activities are delivered off site in community settings such as local parks and in partnership with Neighbourhoods, local organisations, groups and individuals.

We deliver more than 279 youth work sessions each year and worked with over 700 different young people, either through direct access to our projects or through our partnerships with schools, stakeholders and partners.



REIN is committed to the development of life skills, cooking is a key part of our youth programme, it is also an area of development for our community services.
Learn more about our cooking program and see how you can help make it even
more impactful.

Want to volunteer your time, we are happy to receive any help you can give.

Ballroom Dancing

We provide ballroom dancing - a health and wellbeing activity for older people, every Friday at the Mix

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ICT For Elders

We deliver an ICT / computer awareness programme that encourage older people to take part, providing free lessons that increase basic knowledge and awareness of computer use, raise levels of use of Skype and FaceTime to enable older people to contact family members living in the UK or in other countries.


We fund raise to ensure we can deliver services in Newham,
please support our work, through a donation of time,
skills and resources.

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“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

— Nelson Mandela

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REIN was a key voluntary sector partner in developing Newham Community Call to Action – a community conference that grew out of the concerns of local organisations and individuals
at the rise in knife crime and gang activity;
NCCA sought to identify sustainable solutions to this issue,
over 250 people attended the event and a range of local projects
were developed as a result.


Anti-Knife Project

We created and delivered a pilot project funded by the Home Office, which enabled REIN, working in partnership with AAA, to deliver a schools and community based awareness raising programme.



REIN supports and is a member of the Newham Independent Advisory Group to the Met Police (NIAG), providing a critical friend function in support of diverse
communities in Newham.

Bi-monthly Meetings are held at The Mix REIN also supports and is a member of the Stop Monitoring Group – reviewing,
scrutinising and challenging Stop and Search operations in Newham


Plaistow South Big Local

REIN is the locally trusted organisation (LTO) for PSBL supporting the development and delivery of local projects and activities, devised, driven and managed by local people as part of
their Community Plan for Plaistow South.

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Contact Us

Rights and Equalities in Newham,
478 Barking Road, Plaistow E13 8QB
Registered Charity
in England & Wales - No. 03859428

+44 (0) 20 7473 5349

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