West Cumbria Equality and Diversity Partnership

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The West Cumbria Equality & Diversity Partnership (WCEP) is composed of interested representatives from the private, public and Civil Society Organisations (commonly known as third sector organisations), and the community.  At all times we will endeavour to have representation for all people with protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

 

The West Cumbria Equality & Diversity Partnership (WCEP) will endeavour to undertake such activities that have been identified by the group as an equality or diversity priority for the West Cumbria area and work to resolve.

 

The partnership will work with other agencies and organisations offering consultative support; act as a critical friend, making recommendations, and providing non legal advice to resolve any equality or diversity issue and instance of exclusion.

 

The Equality & Diversity Partnership will:

 

  • Meet on a regular basis to discuss arising issues and review existing ongoing action. Length of meeting will be kept to a minimum, but will not exceed 2 hours.

 

  • Adhere to agreed structure and format of meetings as previously agreed by the partnership

 

  • Will request members declare any personal, prejudicial and vested interest in any issues represented by the partnership or events and campaigns supported by the partnership

 

  • Will not accept any personal or political agendas to hijack meetings or influence any decision making

 

  • Retain the right to ask members to leave a meeting, or the partnership should their behaviour in any way be deemed unprofessional or unacceptable.

 

  • Review on a regular basis, of a minimum ‘annually’, the terms and reference for the partnership.

 

Aim 1: Seek to reduce inequality on the grounds of age, race, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or maternity

 

  • Focusing upon the delivery of embedded Equality and Diversity in all aspects of public services
  • Ensuring that Equality and Diversity are recognised as the responsibility of every member of the community
  • Ensuring that Equality is recognised as part of good leadership within partner organisations
  • We will influence the organisations in all sectors to properly understand the different needs of individuals and communities and make reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure they are not disadvantaged currently or in the future
  • Obtaining, responding and using feedback from service users and other key stakeholders to inform the Equality and Diversity agenda
  • Promoting and sharing best practice within the Partnership and with external stakeholders
  • Ensure all partners commit in their Procedures and Practices follow the legal guidelines outlined in Equality Acts

Aim 2: Embrace diversity and strive to challenge and reduce discrimination

  • Focus on the promotion of positive action not simply the elimination of a historical inequality
  • Recognise Diversity as being of benefit to all groups not just those that currently experience particular disadvantage
  • Working with the County Council and other Partner organisations to engage the community in fostering good relations that is tackling prejudice and promoting understanding, and to celebrate diversity
  • Commission reports which allow the Partnership to understand aspects of the Equality and Diversity agenda within West Cumbria

 

Aim 3: Strive to improve the opportunities for people who live and work in, and visit the West Cumbria area

  • Support the organisation of events and conferences which facilitate a dialogue between service users and delivery agencies
  • Systematic use of service user feedback that is reflected and responded to in light of the Equality and Diversity agenda
  • Ensuring that quality data on participation is available and is reflected upon in light of up to date census data. In the absence of specific data the group will consider commissioning reports.
  • Working with the Partner organisations to ensure the quality of service developed to advance Equality and Diversity
  • identified as covered under the Equality Act as having a protected characteristics

 

Aim 4: To support other groups and organisation with their equality and diversity issues, where appropriate

  • Exploring other models to ensure we are operating practices that provide a “best fit” for West Cumbria.

 

REPRESENTATIVES

If you would like the partnership to look at an issue relating to Equality and Diversity please contact the appropriate representative listed below:

 

Allerdale Borough Council

Julie Parr This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.allerdale.gov.uk

Allerdale CAB

Margaret Bremner This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.allerdalecab.org.uk

AWAZ

Aftab Kahn  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.awazcumbria.org

Children

Karon Carter This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.actionforchildren.org.uk

Copeland Borough Council

Cllr John Bowman  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.copeland.gov.uk

Copeland CAB

Carol Graham This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.citizensadvice.org.uk/copelandcab

Copeland Disability Forum

Anne Bradshaw  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Linda Wilson  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cumbria Advice Network

Mandy Pfleger This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.cumbriaadvicenetwork.org.uk

Ethnic Minorities

Peter Foley  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gay, Lesbian and Transsexual

Richard Kavanagh  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.equalitycumbria.org/outreach-cumbria

Gypsy and Travellers

Anne Taylor  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fire Service

Gloria Warwick This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Simone Garnett  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.cumbriafire.gov.uk

Lakes College

Jim Busher This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.lcwc.ac.uk

Old Persons

Peter Johnstone  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Police

Charlotte Lory This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hazel Deans  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.cumbria.police.uk

Housing Associations

Amanda Pyper  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bill Rushforth  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gill James This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Julie Armstrong  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lorraine Thornley  : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.harvesthousing.org.uk

www.impacthousing.org.uk

www.homegroup.org.uk

NHS PCT

Christine Harrison This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.cumbriaPCT.nhs.uk