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Anti Racist Cumbria

Anti Racist Cumbria

Anti Racist Cumbria works to tackle and end racism through action and education to create a forward-thinking and actively anti-racist Cumbria; free from prejudice and systemic inequality.

We are a young charity but with big ambition, to create the UK’s first anti-racist county.

Janett Walker, CEO & Co-Founderm, Anti Racist Cumbria

Established in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, Anti Racist Cumbria is a Black-led organisation, co-founded by three local women. They have a collaborative and inclusive approach focusing on four areas: impacting leadership in businesses, transforming education in schools, reaching communities through campaigning, and supporting a grassroots anti-racist movement.

They have already made a big impression in Cumbria. This has included presenting to more than 100 schools across the county and now working with 30 of them to complete an anti-racist audit and action plan, delivering a youth mentoring programme, creating a short youth-led animated film, held a sell-out racial justice event and worked with county leading organisations and individuals to embrace anti-racism.

Connection to Esmée's strategy

Long-term outcomes
  • Racial inequity in leadership is challenged and changed.
  • Disproportionate harm caused by racial injustice in systems, policy and practice is reduced.
  • The power of people taking collective action leads to fairer and more equitable communities.

Anti Racist Cumbria is an ambitious and exciting initiative to bring about whole system and cultural change in a specific place. Its work aligns with focus on racial justice as well as Creative Confident Communities.

Laura Lines, Funding Manager and Social Change Lead, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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