West House appreciates that every family is unique and requires different services at different times. With this in mind, Wild West Children’s Services has been designed in a way that offers families a variety of care and support options.

Services can be mixed and matched at different times including weekends and evenings to suit the needs of the family.

We can offer children and young people from ages 8-18 years:

Family support

Alternative education/
Curriculum

Respite care

Short Breaks

Referrals can be made by the family and/or children and young people, Children with Disabilities Team or other professionals.

Our Children and Young People service is currently delivering short breaks in partnership with Cumberland Council. To access this service, you need to register with the short breaks service here.

 Priority will be given to the following groups of children/ young people:

Where fun comes first!

Children love activity and outdoor play, exploring new places and experiencing new things. We can support your child in accessing a wide range of community-based services and experiencing a range of new activities.

Our staff will work with you to plan and arrange activity sessions and outings using local facilities. Sessions will be tailored to meet your child’s individual needs and interests in a way that will engage them, encourage their development and provide opportunities for them to meet with and play with other children. But most of all to have fun!

West House is funded by Cumberland Council to offer youth clubs and short break service to families of children and young people with a disability between the ages of 0-18 years, which you can book here.

At both Wild West in Cockermouth and The Elms respite home in Workington, we will support your child with access to the local community and the opportunity to partake in a vast range of activities.

Individualised outreach services are arranged and planned to be fun and fulfilling, and give individuals the correct level of 1:1 support, enabling them to access their chosen activities, develop new skills, grow friendships and increase their independence over time. 

West House’s Children and Young People service is committed to delivering support in line with the core principles of ‘Every Child Matters’ children’s home regulations. This means that at all times your child will be supported in:

Being
Healthy

Staying
Safe

Enjoying &
Achieving

Making a
Contribution

Economic
Wellbeing

Our Centres

Wild West, Cockermouth

Wild West is our Ofsted registered play centre based at Mayfield Campus, Cockermouth. Wild West is specifically for children with disabilities. It provides a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment for children and young people. 

Sessions available:

Sensory room | Soft play | Messy arts and crafts | Fun and games | Outdoor play | Lots of outdoor space

The Elms

The Elms is our Ofsted residential children’s home for short breaks for children and young people aged between 8 and 18 years old. Children can enjoy a short break, staying with their friends and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment.

Contact us today for more information and to see how we can help your family flourish!

For further information please contact our office at 01900 605585 (option 2) or contact a member of our team via email

The Elms is registered and monitored by Ofsted.