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Event to help SEND young people take the next step

An event next week in Penrith (3 July) is set to help young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities from around the county take the next steps after leaving school.

The Transition Fair is being hosted by Cumbria County Council, local NHS and the Cumbria Parent Carer Forum. Over 50 different organisations that provide services and support, including local colleges, health services, social care, supported living and social projects will be represented at the event. Parents, carers and young people will be able to drop in and have face to face conversations with key organisations that will help them negotiate what can sometimes be a challenging move into the adult world.

The day will also feature “Ask us anything!” sessions from senior leaders at Cumbria County Council and the local NHS.

The event is taking place at the North Lakes Hotel, Penrith on 3 July from 10am to 6pm and transport is being provided from around the county for those who need it. Full details of organisations attending and details of how to book transport can be found at

Dan Barton

Dan Barton, Assistant Director for Education and Skills at Cumbria County Council, said: “Parents and carers have told us that this is one of the biggest challenges for young people with SEND; it’s not always easy for them to know what their options are when they leave school. We’re working to make that experience better and this event is one part of that.

“A wide range of key organisations are at the event and they’ll be able to provide information and advice about what support is out there for young people. I’ll also be hosting the “Ask us anything!” sessions which will be an opportunity for people to put us on the spot about the issues that matter to them. I’m really looking forward to the event and to meeting parents, carers and young people.”

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