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Children's Centre - Carlisle South (Botcherby)

Carlisle South Botcherby is one of four Children’s Centres that make up Carlisle Urban Children’s Centres.  It was originally part of Sure Start Carlisle South, which was established in 2001 and covers the wards of Botcherby, Harraby and St Aiden’s. 

Since 2008, the Centre has been managed by Barnardo’s as part of Carlisle (urban) Children’s Centres.  The Centre is based at Botcherby Family Centre (this is a building shared with Cumbria County Council Children’s Services).  The centre includes a training room, crèche space and small meeting room.  Services are also delivered from community venues, including Botcherby Community Centre, Greystone Community Centre, Harraby Campus, as well as other local venues.  Children’s Centre staff are also based at offices Petteril Bank Community Centre and in the Harraby Community Campus, which includes a Sensory Room (bookable by families for children under 5 or under 8 for children with additional needs or disabilities – induction required). 

The day to day management and provision of service delivery at Botcherby Children’s Centre is the responsibility of Barnardo’s as part of the Early Help contract which was awarded by Cumbria County Council in April 2015.  Through this contract Barnardo’s Children’s Centres in Carlisle (urban) provide Early Help Services for families with children up to the age of 12 years old. 

We are committed to working together in partnership with families, communities and other agencies to encourage each child and their family to fulfil their potential.

Services that the Children’s Centre delivers include: 

  • 1:1 Focus Family and Home based family support for individual families.
  • A range of different parenting programmes from antenatal through to parenting primary aged children.
  • Adult learning courses ranging from confidence building to employability.
  • Early years services for children aged 0-4 years which promote readiness for school and parental engagement.
  • Short break services for young children with additional needs.
  • Emotional resilience work with primary aged children individually and in groups.
  • Forest School and play sessions for vulnerable children aged 5-12 years. 

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Who to contact

01228 593810
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Where to go

Botcherby Children's Centre
Botcherby Children's Centre
Ennerdale Road

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Last updated: 13/11/2019
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