Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC), founded in 1971, is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. ELREC exists to promote equality and to fight all forms of prejudice. ELREC works jointly with its beneficiaries and partners to challenge injustice and dismantle barriers which deny individuals and communities equal access to life opportunities in Edinburgh & Lothians.
ELREC’s primary functions are: 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
Among many other activities, ELREC carries out the Youth Zone Project. The Youth Zone is space created for all young people in Edinburgh with different cultural backgrounds who are looking for employment, volunteering opportunities or higher education. During the Youth Zone drop-in service (Wednesday, 4pm-7pm) young people can also find information about youth mobility opportunities.
- youth work
- employability advice
- prevention of discrimination and hate crime
- promotion of equality of opportunities