Equality Links

The Equality Act covers nine protected characteristics, which cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly.  Every person has one or more of the protected characteristics, so the act protects everyone against unfair treatment. 

Below are links to organisations and groups which support the protected characteristics.

Cumbria County Council Equality Links

Please visit the links below to other County Council Equality and Diversity links:

Children's Services

General Equality and Diversity Links

Equality and Diversity Forum
A network of national organisations committed to equal opportunities, social justice, good community relations, respect for human rights and an end to discrimination based on age, disability, gender and gender identity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Equality and Human Rights Commission
Statutory body which promotes and monitors human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Home Office 
Leads on issues relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality matters and has responsibility across government for equality strategy and legislation.


Age UK
Information and advice on ageing issues


Cumbria Deaf Association 
An independent local charity that helps deaf people and their families living in Cumbria to achieve educational, physical, social and spiritual well-being.

Information about disability rights.

Employers Forum on Disability
Employers' Forum on Disability is the world's leading employers' organisation focused on disability as it affects business.

Nationwide Disabled Access Register
Accessible venues in Cumbria


The Gender Trust
The Gender Trust is a UK organisation supporting transsexuals and others suffering from Gender Identity Disorder by promoting public education about transgender issues and providing information to those affected.

Fawcett Society
Fawcett campaigns for gender equality in the UK, looking at women's rights in issues such as equal pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics.

The Rights of Women
Rights of Women works to attain justice and equality by informing, educating and empowering women on their legal rights.

National Charity which provides advice and practical support for single parents.

Marriage and Civil partnership

Free guide for gay and lesbian couples in the UK considering a Civil Partnership.

Information on getting married or forming a civil partnership, legal obligations, overseas marriages, forced marriages, cohabitation and civil partnerships : your rights

Cumbria Registration Service (Cumbria County Council)
The Cumbria Registration Services manages process of registering births and deaths, and the legal preliminaries and conducting of ceremonies for civil marriages and civil Partnership.

Pregnancy and Maternity

Pregnancy and maternity rights in the workplace.


Organisation which develops links between Black and Minority Ethnic people of all backgrounds, and engages with faith groups.

Cumbria Multicultural Women's Network
Brings together women of diverse cultures now living in Cumbria.

The Runnymede Trust
The UK's leading independent race equality thinktank which generates intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

Religion or belief

The Inter Faith Network
Founded in 1987 to promote good relations between people of different faiths in the UK.

British Humanist Association
The national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.

Sex and sexual orientation

OutREACH Cumbria
Develops links between Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender people.

PiNC LGBT and Youth Services
A youth group based in Carlisle for young people who identify as LGBT or questioning their sexuality

PRIDE in Cumbria
To promote equality, diversity and to protect the future of LGBT communities of Cumbria.

Group which promotes equal rights for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.


The Beaumont Society
A national self help body run by and for the transgender community.


Gender Identity Research and Education Society

External websites
- In providing these links Cumbria County Council accepts no responsibility for their content.