What is a Children Centre?

Children's Centre Services in Cumbria are delivered through commissioned arrangements with Third Sector Providers via Child and Family Support (0 to 19) contracts. 

The current Providers are as follows: 

Family Action
Email: allerdale@family-action.org.uk
Telephone: 01900 810869 or 07815687287
Family Action
Email: copeland@family-action.org.uk
Telephone: 01946 64600 or 07815688968
Family Action
Email: barrow@family-action.org.uk
Telephone: 01229 821855 or 07502149188
Email: enquiries.eden@barnardos.org.uk
Telephone: 01768 899901 or 07740516210
Family Action
Email: carlisle@family-action.org.uk
Telephone: 01228 223417 or 07734003789
South Lakes
Action for Children
Email: south.lakeland@actionforchildren.org.uk
Telephone: 01539 734456


Russell Maddams
Commissioning Manager

Email: Russell.Maddams@cumbria.gov.uk

Mobile: 07825 340312

What is a Children's Centre?

Cumbria Children’s Centres are here for the whole family providing support for children and young people from pre-birth to 19.

The Children's Centres offer a range of support services and activities for children and their families, to give every child the best start in life and ensure they remain on track.

The aim is to offer the right help at the right time so that children, young people, and their families feel confident, safe, healthy, happy and develop emotional resilience.

Who are Children's Centres for?

The Children’s Centres are open to anyone aged 0 to 19 living in Cumbria and their extended family and also provide support services for pregnant mothers or those who are caring for a young child. This could be a mum, dad, carer, grandparent, foster carer or childminder.

What do Children's Centres offer?

The 0 to 19 Child and Family Support Service providers who run the Children’s Centres on behalf of Cumbria County Council have developed a complete range of activities and support services for young children, their families, carers and pregnant women to meet their individual needs both with the centres and out in the community through an outreach offer.

All the 0 to 19 support services are offered free of charge and in many cases, provision can be tailored to individual needs. These support services are inclusive for children and parents with additional needs.

The Child and Family Support Service providers work closely with health professionals, nurseries, schools and other agencies and services to provide a wide range of support.

Contacting your local Children's Centre

You can pop into your local children's centre for advice and support or look on the 0 to 19 Child and Family Support Service providers websites which are detailed below:

Family Action for support and advice or to find out what is on offer in the Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle & Copeland districts 

Barnardo’s for support and advice in the Eden district 

Action for Children for support and advice in South Lakeland district.

Page last reviewed: 21/04/2023

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