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Providing support and services for more than 500 children and adults with learning disabilities and their families across Cumbria.
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Cumbria Autism Family Support Project

The Cumbria Autism Family Support Project provide advice and support to families with Autistic children aged up to 18 throughout the county.

  • Do you have a child on the autism spectrum?
  • Are you looking for advice, information or support?
  • Are you struggling to access services?
  • Would you like to talk about your child's condition?

Getting support for a child on the autism spectrum and their family is often far from straightforward.  This is because not all people on the autism spectrum fit the traditional idea of disability. As many parents know this causes frustration. The Cumbria Autism Family Support Project aims to support families to get the best out of existing services and identify gaps in provision to inform future service developments.

The Family Support Workers will provide information respond to telephone or email enquiries, and when necessary will visit parent/carers of children and young people with autism at home or in a mutually convenient location.

The project covers five district council areas within Cumbria. These are Carlisle, Eden, Allerdale, Copeland and Furness. The Family Support Workers will work with families of children under the age of 18 who have a diagnosis of autism.

You can refer yourself to the service by contacting one of the family support workers listed below or by contacting Carlisle Mencap. You can downlaod and fill in a self referal form which you can send in to one of the workers or the main office.

The family support workers only work part time and cover different areas:

  • Carlisle & Eden is Karen Dickie
    karen.dickie@carlislemencap.co.uk or 07730536842
  • Allerdale & Copeland is Juliet Buchanan
    juliet.buchanan@carlislemencap.co.uk or 07900923900
  • Furness is Nicola Brockbank
    Nicola.brockbank@carlislemencap.co.uk or 07909231866
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