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

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.

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.

The Royal National College for the Blind

October 2019

The Parry Family Charitable Foundation

Singing Hands

Cumbria Parent Carer Forum

July 2019 Newsletter