Whats on

Make some time for Plan B Knowsley

plan-b-logo-strapline-smallerPlan B is a brand new inclusive and accessible social activity programme for young adults with autism who live in Knowsley.

Launching in January 2015 the  year-long programme will be supported by members of our Knowsley User Led Organisation which is a community group of residents with disabilities as well as carers.

Plan B’s aim is to encourage and support young autistic adults who live in Knowsley to:

  • meet like minded people and make new friends
  • try out different activities
  • share and exchange experiences
  • discover new ‘alternative’ places to go

Please note: Activities and social experiences will be suitable for adults aged between 18 and 30 years.

Plan B would like to hear from you if:

  • You are an young autistic adult who lives in Knowsley
  • You are a family carer
  • You are a support worker

To enhance & strengthen Plan B’s monthly programme of activity and experiences for young people we are creating an online network for young people to communicate, socialise and share experiences to support each other. You can get social with Plan B on their Facebook Page: PlanBKnowsley and don’t forget to like and share it!

Volunteer with Plan B!

We are seeking the support of local volunteers of all ages who must be friendly, enthusiastic and willing to support young people to take part in a variety of safe, inclusive activities and experiences in different settings.

You will receive:

  • Travel costs
  • Local training and support
  • Opportunities to meet new people and share experiences
  • All volunteers must undertake DBS/CRB checks

Want to find out more? Call Paula Thompson on 07944 340 474, like our Plan B Facebook Page or get in touch with us by filling out our contact form!

Plan B is also

Mental Health Coffee Morning

alzheimers-lead229-755013_478x359Hosted by Healthwatch Knowsley a Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning will take place  Friday 23rd January 10-12pm at The Old School House St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

January’s Coffee Morning will focus on Dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society will be coming along to the coffee morning to provide a Dementia Friends Session, chat about some of the local services available and answer any questions about Dementia.

The Coffee Morning is open to anyone, including service users, family members and carers. If you are interested in coming along please contact Lee-Ann on 0151 449 3954.

Positive About Dyslexia Training in Knowsley

be positivePositive About Dyslexia Liverpool & Huyton Parish Family Project are pleased to offer a FREE training course for parents and children across Knowsley.

Families Learning Together workshops are an enjoyable way to help improve literacy and study skills for children in years 5 6 7 & 8.

It will also help parents better understand the learning needs of their children.

Take part in 4 half day workshops at St Michaels Church Hall, Bluebell Lane, Huyton L36 7SA.

Want to know more or register your interest for up and coming workshops in 2015?

Call Angela McCormick on 0151 482 6042 or email familyworker@btinternet.com

Free Web Design Course for Young People

The Prince’s Trust is offering free spaces for the Get Started with Web Design.

If you are looking or thinking about getting into area of this work then this course will provide you with the essential basic knowledge to progress into this high growth sector of Web development. No prior knowledge of web design is required for this course and the programme will develop your existing IT knowledge by covering the principles of Web design, including design theory, tools and technologies!

If you are aged 16 – 25 and have a passion to gain the skills you need to break into this industry? Then come to our taster day to see how this course would greatly benefit you.

The programme offers a unique mix of high quality digital technology and soft skills development. The programme aims to engage those furthest from the job market and motivate them to take the first step to increase their confidence, skills and employability and overcome barriers.

The five day programme empowers young people to work individually and together to design and build their own Website and maintain it for professional and personal use, which they will showcase to a wider audience. The course will also include:

  • Travel expenses and lunch provided
  • Work with experts in this dynamic industry
  • Look at Career paths and job roles within this sector
  • Be responsible for implementing and maintaining an effective Website that offers end to end support that meet advertising, entrepreneurial and business objectives
  • Build on your personal development and CV experiences, then receive three months of one to one support for employment and further education opportunities

Taster Day: Wednesday 26 November 2014 3 – 5pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street, Liverpool L7 7JA

Course Runs: 1- 5December 2014 each day will run from 10am – 4pm

For more info or to book your place contact Darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk or 07947 856 434

FREE Mentoring Course

mentoring courseFantastic to hear news of a free mentoring course taking place and it’s exclusively for Knowsley residents aged 19+.

It’s brought to you by CIC Innovate Volunteering and it’s Level 2 accredited.

Taking place at The Info Zone, Manor Farm Road in Huyton, start date is Monday 17th November 7 – 8.30pm and we’re told it’s a great course for developing people skills and confidence.

To book your place or find out more email:  enquiries@innovatevolunteering.co.uk 

Innovate Volunteering also tell us that if you can’t make these sessions in Huyton and you know a group of residents that would like to take part – they could deliver the course closer to you!

Funding for Knowsley Community Groups

community fundingWe know our communities in Knowsley come up with the brightest ideas and solutions to make a big difference in their own neighbourhoods.  So make sure you don’t miss this!

It’s news of a brand new fund to boost health in Knowsley.

Hosted by Knowsley CVS  you’ll find out about a new grant which will be opened on 1 December 2014 commissioned by Knowsley’s Public Health Team.

If you are a community, resident or volunteer  group  interested to hear more call Knowsley CVS 0151 489 1222 or you can book a place on an info session below:

19th November –  9.30 am t0 12.30 pm – The Old School House, Huyton – or book here

Don’t worry if you can’t make the session, give Knowsley CVS a call and they will arrange a one to one session with you.

Free Qualified Youth Worker Course

Youth workerMake some noise and share this info about a FREE Youth Worker Course.

Starting Monday 17 November 4.30 – 7pm at St Johns Info Zone, Manor Farm Road Huyton L36 0UG.

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a Level 2 qualified  youth support worker or a youth and community worker.

  • Understanding youth work principles and practice
  • Safeguarding young people in a youth work setting
  • Diversity and faith
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour within peer activities
  • Support children and young people’s play and leisure.

Local CIC Innovate Volunteering will be hosting the course to book your place or find out more email:  enquiries@innovatevolunteering.co.uk The only criteria is you have to be 19 yrs and above and living in Knowsley.

If you can’t make this session over in Huyton,  Innovate can set up and deliver this FREE Course in neighbourhoods across Knowsley, so if you have a group of 10 residents who would like to take part – Innovate would like to hear from you!

Play Badminton with Peace of Mind

Free badminton sessionsSport activities are a positive way to help adults cope and recover from mental ill health.

Take part in a FREE 5 week pilot Badminton Project at Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens L28 1AB and play with peace of mind.

Starting Friday 14 November 2 – 3pm, for more info email: chris.sandford01@gmail.com or just turn up!

Introduction to Counseling

councelingAn ‘Introduction to Counseling’ Course is on offer at St Michael’s Church Hall, Bluebell Lane Huyton.

The 4 week course starts Tuesday 25th November until 16th December, from 12.30 – 3pm.

By the end of the sessions you will  have a better understanding of the counseling process & how counseling can help people feel better about themselves.

For further information or to book your place call Angela on 0151 482 6042 or email: familyworker@btinternet.com

Your say customer transport in knowsleyHealthwatch Knowsley will be holding a public session on Friday 31st October at the Old School House, St John’s Road, Huyton from  10am-12pm to gather resident views and experiences on Adult Social Care Services in Knowsley.

What is a local account?
As part of Government plans to make local authorities more accountable and transparent to residents, councils produce an annual local account to tell people what their adult social care department is doing. The local account explains how much the Council spends, what it spends money on, what it is doing and future plans for improvements.

Healthwatch Knowsley want to hear your views on:

  • Transition from children to adult services
  • Younger adults
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical disability
  • Learning disability
  • Carers
  • Older people
  • Keeping people safe
  • Things affecting everyone

Healthwatch Knowsley will be asking you  3 big questions:

  1. What’s been good?
  2. What’s improved in the last 12 months?
  3. What needs to improve in 2015?

Healthwatch Knowsley are keen to hear any feedback you have about personal budgets or direct payments and experiences from local people who pay for their own care.