Next meeting


1pm Wednesday 13 September at the Nan Tait Centre

We welcome all parents/carers of disabled children to come and join us. We meet every few weeks to discuss how to improve the lives of our children and ourselves.  We work with providers of services to ensure they meet the needs of our children.  We help to promote positive opportunities available for our children.  And we provide support to each other.  If you are the parent or carer of a child with a disability, please feel free to join us.



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Youth activities with Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire YouthAbility is now based at Walney Community Centre on Central Drive.  They have activities on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  


Aspergers juniors with AUTUS - ages 7 to 11 - 5pm to 6.30pm

Aspergers seniors with NAS - 7pm to 9pm


Adventures Youth Club - ages 11 to 25 - 7pm to 9pm


Adverntues Juniors - ages 7 to 11 - 5pm to 6.30pm

More details here. If any one is interested in joining, please contact Les McLeese on 472605 or by email.

National Autistic Society - Barrow Branch


Click the logo to visit the local group's Facebook page for lots of useful info and contacts.

The Oaklea Trust provide a range of care and support for families with disabled children including respite care, leisure clubs and activities.  Depending on the requirement of you or your family, this can mean short-term respite care (pre-school, after school or both) in the form of social, leisure and activity clubs, all of which provide developmental opportunities for children.

Cumbria County Council has commissioned the Oaklea Trust to provide short breaks in the south of the County.

Oaklea Youth Club - Thursdays

Where: Greengate Children’s Centre, Barrow
When: Every Thursday night in term time
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Cost: £2

The Thursday night youth club is aimed at children aged 14 to 19 years and is led by the Oaklea Short Breaks
team.  There are different activities happening each week and there is something to suit all tastes including art and crafts,
games, cookery and computer games (wii, etc).  If they are not currently doing an activity that you enjoy, please let Oaklea Trust know and they can see if it’s available!
No need to book just come along on every Thursday!
If you would like more information about this club or any other Oaklea activities call 01539 735025 or visit  Facebook

Action for Children - Children's Centres

Term time sessions

Newbarns Children's Centre
All of Us - Art Attack

Monday’s 3.30 -  5.00pm
at Newbarns Children’s Centre

Open to children aged 5 - 8 years

This is a group for children with disabilities and/or additional needs. You and your child will enjoy Arts and Crafts together.
The sessions will run for 6 weeks and Booking is essential.

All children MUST be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
For more information or to book your place please call 871974

All of us Afterschool Stay

An afterschool stay and play session for children with additional needs.
Come along to our stay and play session and have fun, with the opportunity to take part in a variety of wonderful sensory experiences.

Hindpool Children's Centre
Every Tuesday with Stacey and Laura
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Open to children aged 5 - 8 years

And it's free!  Please ring 829320 for more details.

Play Max

Free Play Max session at the Park.  Thursdays in term time 2pm to 3pm.  Ring Carol on 820049.

Lego Club at Greengate Children’s Centre  

The sessions are on Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.  You don’t have to book but if you want to check anything before you attend, ring Greengate Children’s Centre on 820049.   

Special Kids in the UK is a charity for families who have a child of any age with special needs. 
They provide online support group for families of disabled children with special needs.  Click on the logo to visit the website.  If you want to speak to a local parent who uses the service, contact Sharon.  

ICAS, the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service for NHS services


Penderels Trust is working in partnership with Cumbria County Council to support adults and children who receive a direct payment in the county to get the most out of their care money and to achieve their goals.  Their support includes:

Support when recruiting a personal assistant
Guidance on all aspects of being a good employer including legal obligations and responsibilities
Support with choosing and using a care agency
Help with money management and keeping accurate records.
They also have a payroll service and financial support services that are available at very competitive rates.


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Cumbria Parent Carer Forum

Cumbria Local Offer

Contact Details

Ring Derek on 07514 221517 or email

Barrow Sports Council