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!
The Bubble and Me
Working with M-Unit and Tullie House, we are getting together with young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds in Carlisle to explore their cultural identity and themes around belonging.
Reporting the Storm
Reporting the Storm focuses on Barrow-in-Furness’s 11 to 13-year-olds to help them develop new skills in digital technologies and creativity. CDEC is leading this partnership project, working alongside Furness Multicultural Community Forum, Creative Communities, and Buzz Bury Learning and Creativity.
Discovered Stories Shared Communities
Discovered Stories Shared Communities brings together people from diverse communities to share, explore and work with ideas and stories. It develops ways of understanding what it means to be a resilient and welcoming community.
Sankofa - Storytelling for the digital age
Sankofa is a storytelling project led by CDEC that is working with schools across three countries in Europe to combine traditional storytelling techniques with digital technologies to explore local to global themes.
Building Communities of Welcome
CDEC have been working with AWAZ Cumbria on their Community Integration Project with Building Communities of Welcome.
Encountering Wordsworth's Legacy
Wordsworth and Cumbria are synonymous with one another. It is no surprise therefore that we are celebrating the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth in 2020, through the Encountering Wordsworth’s Legacy project.
Cumbria Virtual Voices in Religious Education
Developing individual and authentic ‘voices’ through the medium of film, both live and recorded, to provide meaningful dialogues on the unique and lived experiences of religion and worldviews.
Hidden Stories - Extending the conversation
Delve into the Hidden Stories of those who have moved to Cumbria having been born outside the UK. Explore the meaning of home, belonging and identity through the community exhibitions and take part in the workshops that 'extend' the conversation of the original Hidden Stories Shared Lives project.
Global Schools: Learning for the Future
Communication, and sharing ideas and approaches have been a key feature of this exciting three-year project, with the aim of putting global education at the core of learning in primary schools.
The World From Our Doorstep
This three-year project explored three main learning themes.
Global Literacy for a Fairer World!
Through the project, teachers and children learnt more about global issues, to tackle poverty, and to work together to take action to make the world a fairer place.
The Makutano Junction project successfully worked with 29 primary schools across the county between 2013-15, developing and trialling 25 innovative KS2 global learning resources based on the acclaimed Kenyan soap opera ‘Makutano Junction’.