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).

United Utilities - Debt Support and Affordability Schemes

Please click on the links below for further information regarding United Utilities and the 'Support Schemes' they have to offer.

Affordability Scheme

Debt Help Leaflet

Universal Credit

Support Schemes

"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 

Foster and Change Futures

Please click on the link below for details on Children's Foster Care.

Foster Care Fortnight 2019

Carlisle Sure Start Children's Centres

Please click on the links below for details of courses/play sessions being run by Carlisle Sure Start Children's Centres.

Carlisle Urban May 2019 Noticeboard

Carlisle Urban - April - June 2019 Newsletter


 Short Breaks - Soft Play

Short Breaks Family Swimming

 Carlisle Urban - Sensory Rooms, Newtown

Carlisle Urban - Sensory Rooms, Harraby


Holiday Activity - Fairytale Fun

'My Life' June 2019

Making a referral:

Referral Guidance

Request for Service

Request for Single Agency Response 

People First Self Advocacy Group

Please click on the link below to find out more about the People First programme

Have Your Say Jan- May 2019

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.

The Lowry: Relaxed Performances

To book any of the following performances:

Call our dedicated Access line on 0161 876 2183

If you wish to book online, email and we will set up a free Accessible Performance account, which will allow you to book relaxed performances online once logged in. 

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

Not I

Stick Man

Doctor Dolittle 

Take a virtual tour of The Lowry: We've worked with North West-based assistive technology company, Access Social, to create an interactive virtual tour of The Lowry, which we hope will prove useful for anyone wanting to familiarise themselves with our building before visiting. 

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

Jeeves & Wooster: A Perfect Nonsense



Fun Palaces

Theatre by the Lake is delighted to be participating in this UK-wide celebration where community organisation open their doors and host fun activities throughout the day - an opportunity for all to learn, create, explore and have FUN!

Theatre by the Lake's Fun Palace will be taking place on Sunday 7 October from 11 am to 3 pm and will include activities for all the family led by various groups from the local community.

Free and open to all.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

Please click here for dates and further information

To reserve a free seminar place, please click on the link above. 

CustomEyes: Large Print Books For Children And Young People From Guide Dogs

CustomEyes provides large print books to children and young people with a vision impairment or dyslexia at the recommended retail price of standard books.  Tailor-made to the specifications of each child's needs for font, font size, line spacing and paper contrasts, CustomEyes provides school books and books for leisure reading.

Who is eligible for the CustomEyes service?

Professionals working with children with vision impairments or dyslexia.

Children or parents and guardians of a child under 25 years with a vision impairment.

Just download the application form from their website, fill it in and return it to them.

Visit for more information and for a list of books available.