• Cumbria SEND Information, Advice And Support Service

Cumbria SEND Information, Advice and Support Service offer impartial information, advice and support to children and young people (0-25 years) with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their parents and carers.  For more information about this service please click here


  • Useful Links


Click on the pictures and follow the link - please get in contact if you have any useful links


The National Autistic Society - Links for everything to do with autism
BILD (The British Institute for Learning Needs) - Advice and support
MENCAP - Advice and support for people and their families who need support with learning   

Carlisle MENCAP - Advice and support for people and their families who need support with learning plus local respite

Team Teach - the organisation that supports us with positive behaviour interventions   
Downs Syndrome Association - support for people with Downs Syndrome and their families  
People First - Advocacy support for people with learning difficulties  
SCOPE - Advice and support for people and their families who have a disability  
Cumbria County Council - the Local Authority's education page  
Makaton - What is Makaton?   Courses   Shop   Information  
Family and Childcare Trust
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms - a site providing the public with accurate and up to date information on the many aspects of cerebral palsy and other birth injury complications  
WellChild Family Tree - brings parents and carers of children & young people with serious or complex health needs together. New Picture (25)
Family Fund - is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. 

Stamptastic - The new fast way of naming all your belongings! A personalised stamp usable on fabric, metal, wood and some plastics. No more sewing or ironing on labels. James Rennie School receives 30% commission on all orders.



Carlisle Carers - We provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout the city and the north east of Cumbria.


  • The National Autistic Society: Parent To Parent Service

The Parent to Parent (P2P) is the NAS' UK-wide confidential telephone support service providing emotional support to parents and cares of a child or adult with autism.  The service is provided by trained parent volunteers, who all have at least one son or daughter with autism. 

For more information about this service please download a copy of the leaflet or have a look on the National Autistic Society webpage.


  • Airports & Autism

The Airport Parking Shop recently undertook a survey of parents of children with Autism and asked them about their experiences at airports.  This survey revealed that 80% find the experience daunting.  They have therefore written a blog with some handy tips for parents to help them when using airports.  To read the blog please click here

  • Social Media Guidance For Parents

Please click here for a practical guide for parents and carers whose children use social media.