Equality law - Voluntary and Community

Advice and Guidance

Who is this page for?

  • Any organisation providing a service

Which countries is it relevant to?

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This guide tells you how you can avoid all the different types of unlawful discrimination.

We also explain the differences in equality law as it applies to:

  • charities, and
  • religion or belief organisations.

In addition, equality law has an impact on how your organisation should treat volunteers and we explain this too.

This guide also contains the following sections, which are similar in each guide in the series, and contain information you are likely to need to understand what we tell you about running a voluntary or community sector organisation, charity or religion or belief organisation that is providing services to members of the public:

Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

Further information

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Phone: 0808 800 0082

You can email using the contact form on the EASS website.

Also available through the website are BSL interpretation, web chat services and a contact us form.


Opening hours:

9am to 7pm Monday to Friday
10am to 2pm Saturday
closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Alternatively, you can visit our advice and guidance page.