Parents – Support


Useful Links


IPSEA is a registered charity which covers the whole of England, they provide thousands of families each year with independent information, advice and support based on the law.

The IPSEA website has hundreds of free and downloadable resources to help families get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and/or disability.


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences they campaign, research and influence policy and practice. They also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents’ Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

Special Needs

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system. They aim to inform, educate and empower families to self-advocate confidently, so their children get the help they need to live the best life they can.

The Together Workshops have been co-produced with families across Lancashire and South Cumbria, and are currently being held across the region. They are for anybody who supports a young person who may be at risk of mental health crisis (e.g. parents, carers, family members, support workers). The organisations delivering in each area are:

Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre – Lancashire Mind 

East Lancashire – New Era Enterprises 

West Lancashire  – The Birchwood Centre

North Lancashire/South Cumbria – Walney Community Trust

Central Lancashire – Key Youth Charity

For further information, please contact 

Parent info is a newsfeed service offering free support and advice from leading experts on digital family life.  

Link to Parent Info

Guidance and support with keeping children safe online.

Link to Thinkuknow

Information and Guidance – Corona Virus and your Children

Childline – Corona Virus

Emotional support and guidance for families

Family Line

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and well being during the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.

Guidance and Support with wellbeing during COVID19

Please visit this page for links to more mental health support.  The page also explains how to access a 24 hour a day mental health telephone helpline or texting service available to anyone who needs support.

Mental Health 24hr Helpline

Useful support resources and links  for parents

Parent Support Resources and Links

Inspira - Cumbria Growth Hub

Through the National Careers Service Inspira are now providing FREE careers advice and guidance to furloughed workers, those facing redundancy as well as their usual free careers guidance service for adults.


Info can be found on their website about support for adults:

There will also be Facebook adds starting this week targeting furloughed workers.

The link for adults to book a free careers appointment is

TALK – Parenting Support

South Lakeland Council Support Service in partnership with Action for Children are offering support over the Christmas holidays.  Please take a look at their flyer:  Christmas Support for Parents

MyTime Support Service

Following on from information previously emailed to parents regarding an on-line mental health support magazine, we would like to make you aware of a further avenue of support.  The attached flyer is from Barnardo’s.  To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February 2021) their MyTime service will be offering parents and carers an information session giving ideas on how to support your child’s mental health during the pandemic.  This session is open to all parents and carers across Cumbria and there are a choice of times and dates.

Barnardo’s MyTime Support Sessions

If you have any concerns about your child’s well-being, staff at Newbridge House will do their best to support so please let us know.



October 2021 – Please view the following information received from Inspira in relation to support for parents going back to work and general careers advice:

Parent Returner

Parent Careers Advice