1- AWAZ Cumbria - Pathways to Changing Lives Project

The aim of “Pathways to Changing Lives Project” is to help in overcoming  following barriers Black and Minority Ethnic People experience in their efforts to improve their quality of life and access services equally and equitably;

  • Prejudice and rural racism
  • Socio-economic exclusion and disadvantage
  • Fewer mentoring and befriending opportunities
  • A very small number of appropriate advice and support networks


Recognising the rural context of Cumbria and the challenges in improving life chances and getting social justice due to prejudice and rural racism, this project aimed at BME individuals and groups, including Gypsies, Travellers and Migrant Workers, to:

  • Develop relationships with BME individuals and newly forming groups to provide support in complex and difficult situations, as well as befriending to overcome disadvantage and challenge discrimination;
  • Establish and support BME networks; specifically youth, women and migrant workers to empower them to plan and prepare for the future;
  • Organise training and events which: promote community cohesion; develop BME capacity to access personal development programmes, including life skills; and actively participate and contribute to ‘Big’ Society;
  • Facilitate the empowerment of BME people to play full and active roles in the community and wider society.


This project started in September 2011 with the funding support from Northern Rock Foundation until August 2014.

For Further details please read annual project progress reports.

AWAZ Cumbria Pathways to Changing Live Project Report 2011- 12

AWAZ Cumbria Pathways to Changing Live Project Report 2012- 13


2- Cumbria Equality Consortium Agreement 

This Agreement is made between a Consortium of Public Sector organisations (`the Member Organisations`) and AWAZ Cumbria.

The Consortium consists of the following Member Organisations:

1 Cumbria County Council

2 NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

3 North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

4 Lake District National Park Authority

5  South Lakeland District Council

6  Eden District Council

7 Copeland Borough Council

The Consortium has the following Third Sector Delivery Partners:

 1 AWAZ Cumbria (CIC)

 2 Disability Association Carlisle and Eden / Cumbria Disability Network (CDN)

3 Outreach Cumbria

This Agreement with AWAZ Cumbria is one of three Agreements which the Consortium Member Organisations have with the Delivery Partners. The member organisations aspire to the principles of the Cumbria Third Sector Compact (Cumbria Compact) on terms and conditions for contracting with Third Sector organisations. The Member Organisations are committed to embedding Equality and Diversity across the whole of their organisations. 

The Member Organisations share the following Equality aims with Delivery Partners, Third Sector and Community organisations:

  • To identify Equality priorities.
  • Provide practical advice and guidance.
  • Challenge Member Organisations in their efforts to continually improve.
  • Promote and share best practice.

 Member Organisations and Delivery Partners will:

  • Work together to dismantle any barriers that prevent effective action.
  • Share relevant information and enable access to networks that develop, facilitate and promote joint work.
  • Identify and share information about funding opportunities.

  Member Organisations and Delivery Partners will make the following the primary focus of activities:

  • Contribute to the development and achievement of Equality objectives in relation to Age, Disability, Gender (including Transgender), Ethnicity, Religion and Belief, Maternity and Paternity, Marital Status and Sexual orientation.
  • Enable effective community engagement to take place relating to Age, Disability, Gender (including Transgender), Ethnicity, Religion and Belief, Maternity and Paternity, Marital Status and Sexual orientation.
  • Contribute to the inspection and audit process of Member Organisations` performance on Equality.
  • Participate in joint learning and development activities and programmes.
  • Identify and share good practice and innovation.

In addition to this as part of delivery activities through 'Spot Purchasing'arrangments with member organisations of Cumbria Equality Consortium Agreement; 

AWAZ Cumbria will act as an infrastructure body, providing strategic advice, guidance and support to the Member Organisations on Race Equality and Black and Minority Ethnic related matters and in working towards complying with Equality and related legislation and improved quality of life and services for Black and Minority Ethnic people and communities, based on, and that reflect, the views of Black and Minority Ethnic people in Cumbria.

This will include:

  • Independent scrutiny of Member Organisations’ activities
  • Targeted community engagement
  • Policy advice 

Equality Cumbria is an umbrella organisation that encompasses a number of different charities based in Cumbria. Together they tackle inequality in race, religion, sexuality and more.