AWW joins thousands from across the county to celebrate Cumbria Pride

Saturday’s Cumbria Pride was a joyous, colourful celebration of love, diversity and self-expression which was truly a pleasure to be a part of.

AWW were delighted to be able to sponsor this year’s Pride event, which offers vital support and a safe space for LGBTQ+ young people, adults and their families in our community.

Everything we do at AWW is underpinned by our CARE Values, and we passionately believe that all people deserve respect, acceptance and the ability to be, and love, who they choose.

It meant so much to us that we were able to support this event, to celebrate diversity and inclusion and to raise awareness of issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.

In a day filled with music, laughter and fun, perhaps the most special part for us was seeing so many young people feeling confident and safe to celebrate being themselves. The resilience and strength of young people inspires and motivates us on a daily basis, and to witness the confidence and pride of those at the event was truly moving.

We were very proud that some of the children we look after not only attended the event, but they helped to spread the message of love by designing the t-shirts we wore, painting rocks, designing flags and making stunning jewellery to give out as gifts.

They made necklaces, rings and bracelets in colours representing a spectrum of different sexualities and gender identities, and which spelled out messages of love and pride.

The response from visitors to the jewellery was overwhelming. They were so touched that our children had taken the time and used their skills to show their love and support in this way.

We also offered visitors to our stall the opportunity to design and make their own bracelets, which proved extremely popular!

We loved meeting so many amazing people and helping them to make bracelets which were so personal to them and which they could wear with pride.

What a joy it was to be a part of such a beautiful day. Thank you Cumbria Pride, we can’t wait to return next year.

If you would like to join our amazing team at AWW would love to hear from you.  Please find our current vacancies here.

What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.


I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.


As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police