Merlin's Magic Wand - Apply Now

Published: 22 January 2016
Merlin’s Magic Wand and now welcoming applications on behalf of children aged 2-18 with a confirmed Serious illness/Long Term illness, disability or disadvantage, who would benefit from a day out at a Merlin attraction.  Due to high demand, they are currently only accepting applications from…

Leonard Cheshire Disability YouthAbility

Published: 21 January 2016
YouthAbility delivers inclusive youth clubs across Cumbria for young disabled people (7 to 25 years) to build confidence, develop their skills and capabilities to facilitate a smoother transition to adulthood and leading a more independent life.  The project is delivered across three locations in Cumbria:…
Soft Play Come and meet the Children’s Centres staff, make new friends, share experiences and receive support. For children aged 0 -  8 years with additional needs or and their immediate family. Let your child have some fun in our under the sea themed soft…
Cumberland FA in partnership with The FA’s Disability Football Development Fund are pleased to announce a new programme for 2016. Get Active’ with Cumberland FA is a Healthy Living and Activity based programme for disabled members of the community, day services and disability organisations to…

Carlisle Youth Zone Saturday Inclusion Club

Published: 21 January 2016
The club provides a safe, fun place for any young person with additional needs to be themselves and make new friends. Some “me” time space, and space for Mum and Dad too. Activities include trampolining, dance, creative arts, climbing, cooking, trips, residential trips and much…

Prism Arts Seminar

Published: 21 January 2016
Prism Arts are holding a one day seminar to explore how learning and development can be enhanced through diversity and creativity. This is taking place on Tuesday 15 March 2016 from 10.00am–3.30pm at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.   The cost to attend is £20 per…

Young People First - Access All Areas

Published: 21 January 2016
Young People First – Access all Areas is recruiting young people with learning disabilities aged between 10 and 18 across Cumbria.  They plan to support groups to recognise services that they find difficult to access and train them to conduct “accessibility audits” The groups will…

Independent Support

Published: 21 January 2016
The Council for Disabled Children have now received 1,000 individual independent responses via “SurveyMonkey” from parents and young people on their experience of Independent Support, which is pretty impressive.  Headline messages are as follows:  Over 60% felt the work with Independent Supporters was extremely useful,…

Contact a Family News

Published: 21 January 2016
Updated Publications  We have recently updated our Growing Up, Sex and Relationships Guides for both parents and young people.  These are online guides which you can download from the links above. Individual copies of all our parent guides and summary factsheets are free to parent/carers. …
Last week the DfE released its annual "Special educational needs: an analysis and summary of data sources". It was late, as pointed out by our rather awesome columnist, @AspieDeLaZouch on his own blog, but the DfE insists there was nothing "sinister" about this; it was because of changes…
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