Cumbria project

What is it?


Through a range of outdoor courses and activities in Cumbria, this project aims to foster understanding and mutual respect between young people and authority figures such as police officers, government officials and civil servants. Conceived and implemented in 2004, then a year later following the horrific events in London on 7 July, the project was a response to an increase in anti-social behaviour in the Walthamstow area. It took an immense police effort, working in conjunction with Imams, community leaders and parents to take control of the situation.

Who is it for?


Project Cumbria is open to young people aged regardless of their religion, background or ethnicity for whom challenging group activities would prove beneficial in building their confidence and help nurture respect for others.



Research constantly shows that many young people resent authority figures, especially the police and government officials. By putting these two groups together in physically challenging environments, a platform is created to open dialogue, address grievances and increase self-esteem and awareness among young people. In previous years following the project a number of young people expressed a desire to join the Metropolitan Police Service. It also serves to develop a better understanding and tolerance of each other’s faiths and beliefs as young people have an opportunity to ask and answer questions from faith leaders of different religions.


The Project takes place twice a year in the Lake District. If you’re interested in finding out more and how to book a place then please email


“At first when I signed up for the Cumbria Project I wasn’t sure what to expect. However I can say it was one of the best experiences I have had as it helped me understand and engage with people from government and police officers who I wouldn’t usually talk to. It has helped me understand their roles and responsibilities and how not everyone is bad.”