Community Notices

This section is where groups that we work with can post information about services and upcoming events (please click on the links to open the information in a new browser).

"What Now?" A Programme For Parents/Family Members/Carers Of Children And Young People On The Autism Spectrum

Please click on the links below for further information regarding the "What Now?" Programme.

"What Now?" leaflet 

Carlisle Autism Support Group

Please click on the links below for information about events being held by the above

Up to date information is not currently available

Henshaws College:  A Free E-book For Parents And Carers Of Young People With Disabilities

Henshaws College have published a new e-book serious "Step By Step Guides To Living With Disabilities".  Download your free copy now.

Theatre By The Lake: Relaxed Performances

Going to the theatre can be an amazing experience the excitement of seeing live actors on stage, the thrilling special effects, the special feeling of laughing along with 400 other people. At Theatre by the Lake we want everyone to be able to come along to our shows and have a great time, but we know that not everybody enjoys the normal theatre environment.  We have therefore introduced relaxed performances.

During these performance there will be extra lighting in the theatre and plenty of staff to help with seating and access. Loud sound effects and bright lights will be toned down so no-one is upset or scared by them. There’s no need to worry about disrupting the show, because you’ll be allowed to move around and make noise. There will also be chill-out spaces outside the theatre in case you need a break from the show. We’ll send out information packs before the performances, so that you can be fully prepared before you arrive.

Just for these performances, we’re offering a special ticket deal any person under 26 (including parents and carers) can come for only £5 and anybody over the age of 26 for only £10. There may also be a limited number of free tickets available for the accompanying adults of larger groups.

To book your tickets please call the Box Office on 017687 74411. They’ll also be able to provide more details about group bookings and help with any special requirements. We want to try and adapt the performances to suit the audience as much as possible, so we’ll do our best to meet your needs.

For more information regarding relaxed performances please click on the links below



Tullie House Museum: Autism Friendly Early Openings

Tullie House Museum will be opening their galleries early specially for children with autism and their families, siblings, friends and carers.  Families can explore the galleries at their own pace in a calm, relaxed environment.  There will also be the opportunity to take part in trails, arts and crafts activities and object handling in the Community Room, led by trained staff.  For more information please click here

Young People First: Access All Areas

Young People First are introducing a new project that has been funded by Children In Need to support young people with disabilities to improve accessibility to their services.  Their aim over the next three years is to run groups throughout Cumbria and they are currently recruiting young people in Carlisle for their first group.  The groups will conduct accessibility audits on services on their choice and will provide recommendations for improvements.  If the service shows that they are acting on any recommendations or show an improvement, they will be granted an Accessibility Award.

This project will also allow young people to develop skills, access new services and increase their confidence with the knowledge that their voice will be listened to.  The project gives services the confidence to work with people with disabilities, acknowledge that accessibility is not just a tick box exercise and have something to show the public, much like a hygiene rating.

Planning For The Future Events

The Wills and Trusts Team at Mencap gives information to over 3,000 people each year on making a will and setting up a trust to help families to plan for the future and give peace of mind.

They run free two hour Planning For The Future seminars across England, Wales and Northern Ireland annually.  These are delivered by a qualified local solicitor who provides advice on how to leave money to a child with a learning disability.


Rookies: Gigglers Club

Please click here for details of the exclusive use of Rookies for children with special and additional needs during February and March 2018.