Cumbria Children in Care Council and Care Leavers Forum

Your Children in Care Council (CICC) is a group of care-experienced young people between 11-18 years old.  Those aged 19-21 years can also take part in the CICC as young leaders and mentors.  We try our best to represent all of Cumbria's children in care and therefore make a difference to the lives of others.  CICC members are vital in making sure that children and young people's voices are heard, especially when it comes to decisions that affect their lives.

Your Care Leavers Forum (CLF) is a group of care-experienced young people aged 16-25 who represent those who are leaving care.  We know that this can be a difficult time and our aim is to make sure that care leavers have a voice as they move into independence. 

The CICC meet every month.  The CLF meet every 2 months.  We hold countywide meetings every 6 months, where we come together to look at the work we have  been doing right across the county, and to think about the work that still needs to be done.  We always want to plan for the future!

We have lots of different meetings held all across the county.  Some are probably close to where you live.  Meetings normally take place in the North (Carlisle and Eden), in the South (Barrow and South Lakeland) and in the West (Allerdale and Copeland).

We like to make sure that we take it in turns for County meetings and come to different for each meeting. 

Meetings, meetings, meetings - yes we do have quite a few, but we work hard to make sure they are relaxed and friendly whilst also making sure we get the work done!  We have achieved so much over the past few years and are really proud of some of the things that we have made happen.  We want to be a strong group (a force to be reckoned with) and to do this we also take part in fun activities to get to know each other and work as a team.  This can include anything from a pizza, to outdoor pursuits, to bowling or the cinema. 

The CICC and CLF want more young people to get involved in the important work that they do.  Together, young people have a real opportunity to influence the decisions that affect their lives.  Without committed and dedicated people we won't be able to make the changes that are needed to improve services for all children in care and care leavers in Cumbria.  If you want to get involved, or simply want to know more, why not contact us!
Get in Contact

Allerdale and Copeland
Name: Rebecca Barnes
Tel: 07770 938 021

Barrow and South Lakeland
Name: Joanne Gawne 
Tel: 07967 469 996

Carlisle and Eden
Name: Liz Wright
Tel: 07825 340 475

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