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Working to improve SEND provisions across Cumbria

We are here to work in co-production with Cumbria County Council, NHS Trusts within Cumbria, and other professional bodies that provide SEND services.

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Send us an enquiry to become a member and Join Cumbria’s official parent carer forum! You will not only get access to our members area, as well as, getting amazing embers Benefits, but you will also have a platform to shape SEND services across Cumbria!


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Who are SENDAC?

SENDAC aren’t a support group as such, although we will certainly signpost families to other groups and services where appropriate. SENDAC are a completely independent organisation, led by Parent Carers in Cumbria. Our role is to reach out to families and listen to your concerns and stories on SEND services across Cumbria. From these we get an overall view of what is happening for SEND families, both what is working well and what is definitely not.

As SENDAC are an equal statutory Partner, this enables us to to take this information to the decision makers within the Local Authority and the NHS (and other services where appropriate), and work with them to make improvements so that things get better for our children.

Over the last few months we have been working hard to build good relationships with key decision makers in Cumbria County Council, the NHS and Cumbria’s SEND Improvement Programme. We now have regular meetings scheduled with them throughout the coming year, and have already had two meetings with them to begin the process of working together to make sure your voices are heard and your concerns are acted on, using the priorities set by parents and carers in the survey we put out over the summer.

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Meet Our Team

Our wonderful team are always workings hard to provide the best service possible

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SENDAC Chair & Coordinator | Carlisle

Katie Sherlock

SENDAC Secretatry | Carlisle
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Sabrina Smith

SENDAC Parent Rep | Carlisle
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Jenna Hanson

SENDAC Parent Rep | Carlisle

Jilly Russell

SENDAC Management | Carlisle

Sarah Morgan

SENDAC Management | Maryport
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Paul McCubbin

SENDAC Management | Carlisle
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Laura Roberts

Parent Rep | Whitehaven

Dave Heald

SENDAC Parent Rep | Whitehaven
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Jo Elleray

SENDAC Parent Rep | Kendal

Toni Sewell

SENDAC Parent Rep | Broughton
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SENDAC Membership

Membership of SENDAC is open to all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND aged 0 to 25. Your child doesn’t need to have a diagnosis, and membership is free.

Being a member of SENDAC doesn’t involve any commitment of your time, you can be as active or other wise as is suitable for you. If you just want to receive our emails, that’s fine.

If you would like to help us run coffee mornings, speak to other parents in your local area on our behalf, or even get involved in influential meetings and the steering group, then we would love to see you and you would be very welcome.

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Use the form below to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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SENDAC c/o Cumbria Family Support The Office, Mardale Road Penrith Cumbria CA11 9EH

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