History of CHAWREC

Brief History of CHAWREC

1995 Inaugural Meeting of Cheshire Racial Equality Council (November 13th)

1995 Pilot research undertaken funded by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE)

1997 Temp Race Equality Officer appointed through CRE funding

1997 Successful Lottery grant for community development work (3 years)

1998 CRE funds first ever Director post to lead the organisation

1999 Cheshire Racial Equality Council changes name to Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Racial Equality Council and registers as a company limited by guarantee
Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report published

2000 CREC receives funding from the CRE to offer race specific discrimination casework service
Introduction of the Race Relations Amendment Act

2001 CREC becomes a charity
CREC holds a conference – ‘Race Issues Your Issues’ about dealing with racist incidents

2003 Murder of Johnny Delaney, a 15 year old Traveller in Ellesmere Port
Start of Connecting Communities – a Home Office funded project helping Home Office agencies increase BME representation in employment

2007 Report into the BME third sector conducted with Change Up monies ‘Reaching Out
Report into Gypsy & Traveller needs conducted with Change Up monies ‘Here to Stay’
Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) takes over from the legacy commissions including the CRE

2008 Secured funding from Capacity Builders for a three year project to strengthen BME community organisations

2009 Change of name to Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre
CHAWREC holds conference ‘Community Cohesion not just an urban issue’

2010 Start of Schools Stand Up 2 Racism – Big Lottery funded research project
Equality Act 2010 comes into force
CHAWREC expands casework into all areas of discrimination

2011 Heritage Lottery Fund funds ‘Journeys to Cheshire’ a 12 month oral history project
The Unity Centre opens

2012 EHRC ends legal grants programme
CHAWREC starts discrimination casework service as chargeable service

2013 Launch of findings from Stand Up 2 Racism project

2014 Launch of BME Mapping Report of Cheshire West & Chester