Support and activities for young people

We believe that every child and young person should be able to take part in activities they want to do.

Our activities programme is designed to give children with disabilities and/or additional needs a variety of supported activities to take part in.

We also run a successful youth club in the Eden Valley - HubWeb Youth project in Appleby

Young People and their Futures

STOP PRESS - In 2020 we will be offering support to Young people at every stage of their life 0-18 years - watch this space - more to be revealed from January 2020

Depending on the age of your child you can access either group activities or individual support.

Individual Support

The Oaklea Individual Support Service is for children aged 0 - 8 years and is for families who aren’t currently in receipt of any other care managed package from Social Services or Direct Payments. This service is delivered by Oaklea to families living within the South Lakeland and Furness areas of Cumbria; in partnership with Carlisle & Eden Mencap.

The service provides up to 2 hours of 1:1 support each week for up to 9 months. To access this service a referral needs to be made to Oaklea via either health or social care professionals, or directly by the family.

Activities for Young People

Oaklea’s activity programme is designed to give children and young people with disabilities a variety of supported activities to take part in.

Using local venues, we run a variety of after school term time clubs and activities. During school holidays we offer a range of full and half day sessions such as bowling and fun days. Group activities are available for young people with disabilities aged 9 - 19.

Parents and carers can have a real break whilst children can make friends, learn new skills and have fun!

Oaklea work with local providers to ensure that a range of quality activities to suit all ages, abilities and interest are offered. To access these services and to directly receive information on activities, please complete and return our membership form. You can download the membership form from the website. Oaklea work in partnership with Carlisle & Eden Mencap, with funding from Cumbria County Council to offer a range of activities to suit all ages, abilities and interests. For more information you can view our leaflet here.

How do I access Oaklea’s support?

Referrals to any activities can be made by families directly or via Health and Social Care professionals.

If you live in South Lakeland or Furness and would like to find out more about the activities we provide, please contact our customer advice team on 01539 735025 or

Oaklea also offer individual support to children of families who are not in receipt of support through a care managed package or Direct Payments. Children aged 8 years or under can receive support for up to 8 hours per month, on a flexible basis lasting up to 9 months. This is designed to enable parents/carers to have some time for themselves or with other members of the family and it’s free to access.

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Second Floor,
East Wing,
Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6SA

Telephone. 01539 735 025

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