Transforming California House


More than £78,000 raised already towards the £150,000 we need to transform California House.


More than 20 years ago California House was started by us to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.


Every day of the year California House provides 5 beds for our guests to stay in comfort whilst their parents have a rest or need to be able to attend to the rest of the family or any other emergency. Every year the needs of our clients become more complex and funding gets more difficult to find.  


California House supports 75 people a year to give families a vital rest and support families in crisis. Over the last few years our guests have and are presenting with more complex needs – as the population ages and more people are cared for in the community. We need to upgrade California House to meet those needs and in these difficult financial times we can only do this with your help.


What we are going to do?  We are going to create a therapeutic and sensory bathroom to ease peoples’ pain and stress. We are going to create two sitting rooms with IT and sensory areas to allow those with complex needs and anxiety to relax. We are going to create an accessible kitchen so people can learn living skills to support their own care.


To be able to continue with the success we have had in the house we desperately need to raise £150,000 to improve the house so we can continue to improve the lives of those with the most complex needs.


· We need additional space to accommodate  wheelchairs

· We need a therapeutic bath to soothe sore limbs

· We need a sensory room  to support those who are stressed and agitated

· We need an accessible kitchen to teach independent living skills


We hope you would like to raise funds for this vital project; contact the office with your ideas


So far members and friends have organised concerts, taken part in

Gelt Gladiator and run in the Great North Run.






Upcoming Events

Firing up the barbie!

Date: 21st July Location: The Grace Little Centre

Burgers and buns are at the ready as Carlisle Mencap gets ready for a fundraising family barbecue on Saturday July 21.

Carlisle Mencap at Unity

Date: 14th July Location: Carlisle City Centre

Carlisle Mencap will have a stand at the Unity Festival in Carlisle City Centre this coming Saturday.

Ball & Casino Tickets On Sale Now

Date: 8th September Location: The Garden At Eden, Crosby-on-Eden

Tickets are available NOW for our big fundraising event on September 8 - Carlisle Mencap's 50th Anniversary James Bond Ball & Charity Casino. Please call 01228 674393 or email

Get in touch

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