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East Cumbria Family Support Association

Tel: 01768 593102 / 01228 227348


Charity Registration No: 1085861    Registered in England No: 4151545

 East Cumbria Family Support Association                                       Tel: 01768 593102 / 01228 227348

 Penrith Office: The Office, Mardale Road, Penrith, CA11 9EH                           Email:

 Carlisle Office: Carlisle West Children`s Centre, Wigton Road, Carlisle, CA2 6JP

Charity Registration No: 1085861    Registered in England No: 4151545                                                                                                                      

ECFSA News: Summer 2018

Genogram Training:

A huge thank you to our Trustee Venetia who very kindly agreed to deliver a training session for staff and volunteers on “Genograms”.

A useful tool that can help

navigate many different

family situations, provide

an insight into the key people in a child or young person`s life  and help support workers and volunteers understand

more about the dynamics

of a  family and how best to

help them.  

A great contribution to our team!

We were so pleased to welcome a new Social Work Student to our team earlier this year for a 3 month placement. All students make a great contribution to our work for children and families but it`s always good to hear about their experience of working with ECFSA. Jude very kindly agreed to give an insight into her placement experience at ECFSA to help others  who may be considering this type of career:

1. Did you have an opportunity to apply your learning to practice? Yes, working with children and families has given me lots of experience to reflect on.

2. What have you enjoyed most about your placement at ECFSA?Working as part of the team and meeting lots of interesting people.
3. Have you had an opportunity to participate in any new training opportunities? Mental health, signs of safety, safeguarding, genogram training, domestic abuse and other volunteer training around working with families.
4. Would you recommend ECFSA to other Students or Volunteers? Definitely, I’ve had a fantastic placement, lots of opportunities and a supportive learning environment.


Direct work with a child

using creativity to

understand their

wishes and feelings.

West Coast update!

It`s  been a really busy couple of months for ECFSA in Workington packed with meetings and events to help  spread the word about our  organisation and volunteering opportunities.  The Choices Cumbria  project partnership has been a great help with introducing new individuals  keen to make a difference in the community. It was great  to meet Staff and Students  at Lakes College when we visited to talk to them about our volunteering opportunities and what it is like supporting children and families.

Thank you to all who have supported our project in the West so far, especially to Cumbria CVS for their ongoing support. To find out more about our volunteering opportunities in Workington, contact Val on: 07927559446

ECFSA 2018 Stakeholder Survey

We are currently undertaking our annual stakeholder survey and would like to hear from you!

Understanding more about the the work we do as  a charity is crucial to the development of the organisation. The projects and services of East Cumbria Family Support are shaped by the volunteers and partners we work with and the families we support.

Please help us by completing one of our Stakeholder Surveys:

Click here if you are a family we have supported.

Click here if you are a volunteer or trustee.

Click here if you are a partner organisation of ECFSA.


Thank you for your support.

Many more hours of support!

Our home-based service delivery takes essential help out to the homes and communities of the families we support. The number of hours we commit to helping families achieve positive outcomes is largely thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers. Here is a snippet of our quarterly achievements for families we have supported across Cumbria:

1127 hours of support provided

293 children and young people supported

74 families received our help

27 new families were referred to our organisation for support