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Autism Pathway-Navigators Drop In sessions

Is your child undergoing assessment for autism? Do you have any questions or would you like some support? Would you like to meet other parents and carers also going through the process?

Pathway Navigator Drop in Coffee and Biscuit

The Autism Pathway- Navigators Drop In sessions will be attended by professionals, including an Autism Pathway- Navigator, a Health Visitor, a Speech and Language Therapist and an Occupational Therapist.

This drop in is for parents and carers of:

  • Children who have been seen by the paediatrician
  • Children who are on the ‘multi agency assessment team’ (MAAT) pathway
  • Children who have not yet received a diagnosis

Sessions will take place on the following dates:

Thursday 21 March, 1.00 - 3.00pm - Carlisle Library, CA3 8NX

Thursday 25 April, 1.00 - 3.00pm - Workington Library, CA14 2ND

Thursday 16 May, 1.00 - 3.00pm - Carlisle Library, CA3 8NX

For further details, you can contact our Autism Pathway Navigator at

SENDAC Coffee and Chat sessions - Carlisle and Whitehaven

SENDAC Coffee and Chat sessions

SENDAC, the parent carer forum for Cumbria, will be running coffee and chat sessions throughout the Cumberland and Westmorland areas in the upcoming months.

For more information about the sessions, and to receive email reminders, you can visit the SENDAC website.

All sessions in the Cumberland area are listed below:

Harraby Community Centre, CA1 3SN: CARLISLE, 10:00am- 11:00am

  • Friday 22 March
  • Friday 3 May
  • Friday 14 June
  • Friday 26 July - exclusive session with activities for SEND children


Mirehouse Community centre, CA28 9SW: WHITEHAVEN, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Tuesday 26 March
  • Tuesday 14 May
  • Tuesday 25 June
  • Tuesday 6 August - exclusive session with activities for SEND children!


Autism and Mental Health Support - Young Minds parent blog

Young Minds are a national charity advocating for children and young people's mental health.

Young Minds Mental Health Blog

Young Minds have a blog section, which includes blog posts from young people and parents or family members surrounding mental health. They have recently shared a blog post from Mandy, who shared about her experiences her son's autism diagnosis, and seeking mental health support for him. Mandy found her son's mental health was in rapid decline following the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

You can read Mandy's blog post below; Young Minds have included a number of supportive resources, as well as contact information for mental health charities and helplines who may be able to offer support. This includes the Young Minds parents helpline, which is open 9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday. The number is 0808 802 5544.

Read Mandy's blog post on the Young Minds website