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Useful Links Guidance and Signposting


The following guidance may assist with the embedding of equality and diversity into the life of the University.


ACAS - Provides free and impartial information and advice on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.

Andy's Man Club | #ITSOKAYTOTALK | Andy's Man Club ( - ANDYSMANCLUB are a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. 

Advance HE -The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) merged to become Advance HE. Advance HE work on equality and diversity across all four nations of the UK, providing a central resource of advice and guidance for the sector.

Agrespect – The university have partnered with Agrespect, promoting and supporting rural diversity and signing up to the pledge that “We stand against prejudice and support rural LGBTQ+ diversity, inclusion and enablement”.

Anti Racist Cumbria: Anti Racist Cumbria – formed in 2020, Anti Racist Cumbria’s mission is “Tackling and ending racism through action and education to create a forward thinking and actively anti-racist Cumbria; free from prejudice and systemic inequalities”.

AWAZ Cumbria – established as the first ever county wide BME organisation in Cumbria, working for community development since 2005 by providing support for community groups and empowering the voice of BME people and communities.

Black History Month – celebrates great black British achievers, including news, education and a diversity dashboard

Buddhist Group of Kendal -  based in Kendal, the group provide information and guidance on Buddhism with opportunity to engage in events.

Welcome to Carlisle Key | Carlisle Key - Carlisle Key works with young people who are 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They provide assistance and support within their drop-in and housing service to alleviate the hardship and distress caused by homelessness, housing financial and other related difficulties.

Carlisle One World Centre (COWC) – a local charity raising awareness of the interconnectedness of local and global issues. For information on Hate Crime and online reporting, please visit True-vision as an alternative to reporting directly to the Police. 

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Resources:


The Crown Prosecution Service ( prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the Police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales.

Cumbria Pride - Cumbria Pride is a volunteer-led community organisation established in 2009 that seeks to ensure that the LGBT+ community of Cumbria and its supporters are recognised, celebrated and supported through an annual Pride event. By contributing to the internationally recognised Pride movement, Cumbria Pride takes a positive stance against discrimination, delivering an inclusive event which promotes cohesion and celebrates diversity.

Equality and Human Rights Commission - Gives advice and guidance on EDI issues for a range of audiences. Also provides further information on legal casework, the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act.

Expect Respect is a campaign across all of our campuses, which aims to increase safety measures and reporting around harassment and sexual misconduct. Further support is outlined below:


  • Victim Support - A national charity dedicated to helping anyone affected by crime – not just victims and witnesses, but friends, family and anyone else caught up in the aftermath.
  • Rape Crisis - A national charity offering confidential help, advice and a range of Rape Crisis Centres around the UK.
  • Galop - A national charity providing advice and support to members of the LGBT community.
  • Survivors UK - A national charity supporting men who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
  • Crimestoppers - A national charity with a free helpline for reporting crime anonymously.
  • Refuge - Refuge supports women, children and men with a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.
  • Women's Aid - Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
  • ManKind Initiative - Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse - this confidential helpline is available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.
  • Men's Advice Line - Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).
  • Mind - advice and support for those struggling with their mental health.
  • Samaritans - 24hr helpline and other forms of communication for mental health support.
  • Find Specialist Sexual Violence Support in The North West - enter your postcode to find local services.


  • Cumbria Police - lots of specific support, advice and signposting through their Advice Centre.
  • The Bridgeway - sexual assault support service.
  • The Birchall Trust - Counselling Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse in South Cumbria and North Lancashire.



  • Metropolitan Police - lots of specific support, advice and signposting on their Advice and Information page.
  • The Havens - specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Government Equalities Office – the government Equalities Office leads work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality.

Support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller People can be accessed via; Friends, Families and Travellers Advice Line 01273 234 777; Roma Support Group ; National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups 01629 732744

IHRA ( The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance unites governments and experts to strengthen, advance and promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance and to uphold the commitments to the 2000 Stockholm Declaration.

Kaleidoscope is an Adult LGBTQ+ support and social network that aims to provide a safe, welcoming space for our adult community, friends, family and partners based in Barrow. Kaleidoscope can be contacted on 01229 812888 or

MultiCultural Cumbria – the university have signed a memorandum of understanding with MCC, who provide a virtual hub for all things multicultural in Cumbria, including the Culture Club Magazine.

Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is the UK's largest and most diverse national Muslim umbrella organisation with over 500 members including mosques, schools, charitable associations and professional networks.

Out in the Bay – provide support to Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender in the Lancaster area, as well as raising awareness for LGBT issues and campaigns. The organisation also work with people struggling with Drug and Alcohol Abuse and provide information and support regarding Sexual Health.

OutREACH Cumbria – county wide service provider for Lesbian, Gay, bisexual and Trans* support, offering a range of different services and opportunities.

Talk It Out - Self-referral form A dedicated service which aims to provide counselling therapies to individuals who identify as LGBT+ and who are struggling with difficulties related to gender identity and sexuality. The service is open to individuals and families.

PiNC - Based in Carlisle, Pride in North Cumbria is a charity that provide social nd support services to LGBT+people, aged between 13 and 25 years.

Race 2B - the university collaborated with Multicultural Cumbria to produce an online conference, hosted on 22nd October 2020. Recordings of the event can be viewed here.

Religion, Belief and Culture in our Community -  a third edition guide to understanding, respecting and valuing the diverse communities of the UK.

South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership (SLEDP) - The aims of South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership are to; Seek to reduce inequality on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, rurality and religion/ belief; Celebrate diversity and reduce discrimination; Improve the life chances and opportunities for people who live, work and visit South Lakeland. Further information can be requested from

Stonewall – A leading LGBT+ organisation that was founded in 1989. Stonewall priorities are empowering individuals, transforming institutions, changing hearts and minds and changing and protecting laws.

Trans staff and students in HE and colleges: improving experiences - The support of managers and colleagues, staff and fellow students helps to ensure a positive experience for trans people who decide to share their trans history, identity or decision to transition. 

True Vision - to report a Hate Crime online without having to visit a Police station.


Lee McDermott, EDI Officer - For general queries.
Tel: 01228 616029 (internal 6029)


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