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Bump & Baby October 2021

Internet Safety Awareness Workshop - Wednesday 3rd November

Family Oral Health Workshops - Smile 4 Life



Let's Get Cooking May 2021

Holiday activities & Food programme announced for 2021

Cumbria County Council has been given £1.2 million by the government to spend in 2021 to provide high-quality fun activities over the holidays for school aged children and young people eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals.

The programme will run over the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays with the aim being to provide fun physical activities, a nutritious meal and enrichment sessions around cooking, eating well and learning new skills for those young people who prefer a less active holiday.


The plan for the summer and Christmas holidays will be to provide face to face sessions in local settings such as schools and Leisure/Community centres; allowing children and young people to choose from a wide range of activities which will include sport, outdoor activities such as climbing and canoeing, and a raft of enrichment sessions followed by a nutritious meal.


Barnardo’s Eden – ‘Families Together’ Time

Children and their families will be encouraged to look out for information which will be shared by schools and on our Facebook page.

In Eden, families can register their interest by using any of the following and then complete the booking instructions once confirmed to enable resources to be delivered and / or collected:

Telephone: 01768 899901


Family Action – Families, Food and Fun (HAF-DfE)

Family Learning Courses February 2021




Children's Mental Health Week 2021


Nationally, Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is ‘Express Yourself’.

In Cumbria, we are asking children, young people and others to share with us the ways they express feelings, and thoughts about what has helped them cope or what they have learned in this time from the COVID pandemic or maybe what they wished they had known at the start.  There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Draw a picture
  • Write a poem
  • Produce a short piece of writing (200 – 400 words)
  • Make music, write a song (audio only)
  • Send us a photo of an object that helped you cope with ups and downs (something you made; your goldfish; houseplant; favourite book/game)

Please send your contributions in digital format to by the end of Thursday 4th February. All entries received will be entered into a prize draw

What else is happening?

MyTime will also be hosting free Zoom information sessions for parents and carers. The “Supporting your child's mental health through the pandemic” sessions will provide informal practical advice and ideas that can help you to support the mental health of you and your child through the pandemic. Information on dates and how to book is here

Kooth will be hosting a parent and carer session on Tuesday 2 February 2021, 12-1pm. Further information available here

E-School Nurses are running twice weekly online health support and advice for parents, carers and professionals, supporting children and young people aged 5-19 years old. More information is available here

We will also be publishing a 5-minute briefing each day covering themes such as:

  • How to get support
  • Top tips
  • Family mental health
  • Music and wellbeing
  • Words and feelings
  • Helping yourself and helping others

You can help us to support Children’s Mental Health week by promoting the activities taking place over the week. You can also share our briefings with colleagues and retweet us on Twitter, @CumbriaSCP using the hashtag #childrensmentalhealthweek.

If your organisation is is running an event to mark the week, let us know and we will share these in our briefings over the course of the week, please email

Autumn 2020 Parent courses in Carlisle

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