What We Stand For

Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC), founded in 1971, is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity made up of individual members and representatives from a wide range of organisations. ELREC has a remit to work across the areas of City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils.

The main objectives of ELREC are:

  • to work towards the elimination of discrimination in all its forms
  • to reduce inequality and promote a culture of human rights
  • to promote good relations between persons of protected characteristics without distinction on grounds of race, gender, gender identity, marital status/civil partnerships, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and pregnancy and maternity.

to promote and organise cooperation in the achievement of the aforesaid purposes and to that end to bring together in ELREC, representatives of the statutory authorities and voluntary organisations engaged in the furtherance of the aforesaid purposes within the Local Authority Council areas of the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian

Full copies of ELREC Memorandum and Articles of Association can be viewed below:

Memorandum approved October 2010

Articles approved October 2010

Our Values

ELREC works towards a prejudice free society where everyone is treated with respect, integrity and justice.

Our Vision

ELREC strives to be an organisation which embodies the principles of transparency, integrity, equity, mutual co-operation and participatory democracy.

Our Mission

ELREC exists to promote equality and to fight all forms of prejudice. We believe that no one can claim to live in a fair and just society whilst prejudice and inequalities exist. ELREC will work jointly with our beneficiaries and partners to challenge injustice and dismantle barriers which deny individuals and communities equal access to life opportunities in Edinburgh & Lothians.

We aim to

Work towards the elimination of inequality and discrimination Promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different equality groups Promote and organise co-operation of the statutory authorities and voluntary organisations

Our Primary Functions

To provide advice and assistance on all types of discrimination To do capacity building work with all communities To improve access to mainstream services To bring equality into the mainstream within the public sector and other bodies