Sunderland has a number of Equality Forums their role is to work on issues relating to community cohesion, community engagement and equalities, allowing communities to have a voice. Their aim is to:
- remove or minimise disadvantages experienced by people/groups with protected characteristics, or other groups who experience disadvantage, where possible;
- take steps to ensure respective organisations are meeting the needs of people from protected groups;
- encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities;
- tackle prejudice and promote understanding.