CDEC has a strong history of working with communities and schools through projects. They give us the chance to live out our principles by working in partnership with other organisations around the world, where we share our expertise and ideas while developing new ones.
For example, locally we have worked with AWAZ Cumbria, South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership and local district councils. Further afield, we have strong relationships with organisations in Italy, Poland, France, the Czech Republic and Ghana, to name a few.
Our projects run because we gain funding from a variety of sources. In the past, we have secured funding from the EU, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Awards for All, as well as trusts.
Have a look at our current and past projects, and keep an eye out for our new endeavours!
Climate Leaders - The Future is Now
CDEC have funding to support schools for the next 3 years to develop your school’s action for climate. We want to work with you as you support your pupils to feel ownership and agency, connection and a sense of hope as they take action for climate.
CARE EXPERIENCED COMMUNITY LEADERS
CeCL project focuses on innovation in learning and community engagement. Working closely with small groups of young people with lived experiences of being in or on the edge of care, we are exploring how the personal, people, place and planet are connected. Our aim is to support these young people as they transition to adulthood – creating new pathways to personal wellbeing, greater sense of belonging, increased community engagement and leadership. In the project we are experimenting with new approaches as well as well-established liberation pedagogy.
Migration Stories North West
Together with lead partner Global Link, CDEC, Liverpool World Centre, Cheshire Global Learning, Lancaster City Museums, Lancaster University and Crossing Footprints in Manchester, Migration Stories North West will train and support community researchers to uncover and document some of their local migration history. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, volunteers will research and document online 100 stories of migration to and from the Northwest of England since the Romans.
Connecting Communities- People Enabling Change
Connecting Communities – People Enabling Change is a 6-month pilot study funded by the United Kingdom Research Institute (UKRI) to set up a Community Research Network. The purpose of this is to gather community wisdom and understand the wider determinants of health in the region. We are working in partnership with Cumbria CVS, Groundwork Cumbria and NE, University of Cumbria, All Together Communities, Anti Racist Cumbria, Cumbria Family Support, Open Source Arts, People First.
Welcoming and Resilient Communities
Thanks to funding from Cumbria Community Foundation and The National Lottery Awards for All fund, CDEC has worked with Furness Multicultural Community Forum to develop sessions and resources for schools- EYFS to KS3.
Welcome to PLACE – Paths to Learning: Active Community Exploration! This latest CDEC project is helping children take outdoor action to be active members of their communities whilst also developing their own resilience.
Merry Maker Fair
Merry Maker Fair- heritage fun for all the family. Co-creating the world we want
With young people at the helm, we are working to uncover stories authored by lesser-heard people in our communities, reinterpreting them into arts performances, and touring the work in cultural institutions (theatres, galleries, libraries, heritage sites…) across the four locations.
The Green Place project focuses on connecting people with nature by focusing on deep connection to ‘place’, nature restoration and nature-based solutions. The project empowers young people as agents of change within their communities, inspiring them to take action through nature-based community projects to enhance biodiversity, heritage and engagement with the natural environment.
Discovered Stories Shared Communities
Over the past two years, the 'Discovered Stories, Shared Communities' project has been a fantastic adventure for all of us who took part. One of the primary aims of the project was to empower communities and individuals with the skills, ideas and practices required for them to flourish in a sustainable way. Some of this collaborative and co-created work has been turned into the outputs and resources linked at the bottom of this page.