Whats on

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.

Community Halloween Fun

Poster 2014Go on  – we double dare you -  to go along to some FREE Community Halloween Family Fun in Stockbridge Village.

It’s ‘Halloween at Littlewood’ Saturday 1st November 2 – 5pm.

All welcome and from 2pm, families can take part in creepy arts & crafts, chilling coach & horse rides, face painting ghastly games, devilish donkey rides, mysterious music, snap apple and lots more….

3.30pm  - The Scariest Fancy Dress Competition and Prizes.

4.45pm  - A Spine Chilling Walk in Littlewoods with a Gripping Ghost Story.

We dare you to head over to  Littlewood Community Woodland, Hollowcroft, off Haswell Drive Stockbridge Village L28 4ED.

For more information contact Maria Regan, local volunteer from The Littlewoods of Stockbridge Association  0151 449 1626 – or just turn up.

Big Breakfast in Kirkby

big breakfast_Nov 2014Join us at our Big Breakfast community meeting on Wednesday 12th November from 10.30 – 12.30pm over at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane Kirkby.

We’re a group of local residents from across Knowsley who are just trying to make life and day to day living just that little bit better for people of all abilities.

If you are passionate about disability issues, carers rights and older people’s concerns in Knowsley. Join us for a Big Breakfast and meet like-minded residents who care just as much as you.

We’ll be joined by Knowsley Carers Centre, Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Service, KMBC’s Healthy Homes, Prescot Caring Companions and  more as well as our  hardworking Knowsley User Led Organisation residents who’ll be preparing your hearty breakfast.

If you would like to know more about us call our Chairperson Angela on 07501 653 984 or just turn up – all welcome!

Have your say on bus services in Kirkby

Your say customer transport in knowsleyMerseytravel want your views on bus services in and around the area.

Local residents, businesses and people who visit or work in Kirkby are invited to attend a drop in session where staff from Merseytravel and Stagecoach will be available to answer any questions you may have.

You will also have the opportunity to view and comment on plans for the new Kirkby bus station, which is part of the multi million pound regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre.

The drop in sessions will be held in the 1st floor Meeting Room, Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY on the following days:

  • Thursday 7 August 9.30am – 4pm
  • Friday 8 August from 9.30am – 2pm

Vicitms of Crime Consultation In Knowsley

victimsofcrime_MerseysideMerseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy invites victims of crime to join a focus group discussion about the quality and type of support service that the survivors of crime on Merseyside receive.

By sharing your experiences, you can help improve the experiences of other victims in the future and this consultation is an opportunity that will enable organisations to deliver better and improved services.

Jane Kennedy said, “We are beginning a consultation during which we want to hear the opinions of people who have been affected by crime from across the region. This is so that when we take over the selecting, funding and monitoring of some victims’ services later this year, we hope to be better informed about the nature of the service that is needed”.

She adds, “I want victims to know that here on Merseyside they will always be listened to, understood and supported as far as our resources will allow”.

If you are a victim of crime, your views and experiences are crucial and will be listened to… What worked? What didn’t? What could have been done better?

Dates for Knowsley Victims of Crime focus groups:

1. Hate Crime: Thursday 21 Aug 1 -  3pm

2. Domestic Violence: Thursday 4 September 1 – 3pm

For further information contact Warren Ward on 0151 777 5186 or email warren.ward@merseysidepcc.info if you would like to get involved.

Also if you have any specialist requirements such as loop system, translators or interpreters, do get in touch.

Out of pocket expenses (including childcare costs) can be reimbursed.

Al’s Club – New Members Welcome

aLS CLUB_NEWJust in case you haven’t heard… Al’s Club is a social, fun and funky activity group for young disabled people in Knowsley.

They meet every Thursday from 6.30 – 8.30pm at the New Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive Huyton L36 6EG.

With a small charge of just £2, parents and carers are welcome too.

Suitable for ages 16 – 30 – all welcome.

Accessible Swimming Club for Knowsley

KISLocal residents from Knowsley Inclusive Swimming  (KIS) are looking for new club members of all ages with disabilities to join in and take part in their weekly swimming sessions starting in September.

The club runs every Thursday 5.30 – 6.30pm at Kirkby Leisure Centre (except school holidays).

The swim session costs just £3 and you also receive coaching via a qualified swimming instructor.

KIS welcome children and adults with a wide range of disabilities who can swim unaided for one length of a 25 metre pool.

Carers & parents must also attend, but you don’t have to get into the pool!

For more info call  chairperson Jimmy Walsh on 07526 198 694.

Annual General Meeting

KULO AGM New Members Poster 2014Our community group The Knowsley User Led Organisation will be holding  an Annual General Meeting Friday 11th July 2014 from 10 – 12pm at the Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY.

All Knowsley residents are very welcome to attend.

As part of the AGM we will be voting in residents to join our committee board.

With 15 places available we’d very much like to hear from you if you are passionate about disability issues,  carers rights, older people’s concerns or championing those in our community who feel disengaged or isolated.

Can you spare just a few hours a month to to help our local Knowsley User Led Organisation make sure that resident voices from across Knowsley are recognised and heard?

We can’t promise you out of pocket expenses or training – essential ingredients for all volunteer community led groups in Knowsley. But these missing elements are important to us as a community group and we’ll be working towards this year.

We CAN guarantee that you’ll meet like minded residents from across Knowsley who are determined, honest and caring about local people of all abilities as well as the provision of inclusive & accessible local services and opportunities.

If you would like to find out more call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

Sibling Support in Knowsley

siblingsHave you heard about the free Siblings Service available in Knowsley?

They provide support and weekly activities for brothers and sisters of children with a disability, complex need or life limiting illness.

The siblings service recognise that brothers and sisters of children with disabilities need some time out and a space for them to share their stories and experiences and most of all focusing on enjoying themselves and having fun.

It’s run by an organisation called PSS and the Siblings Service has a range of activities they run for children aged 4 – 19 years in Knowsley including, cookery sessions, sports, group games, discussions, ourdoor pursuits and fun days out.

The friendly team are always open to suggestions and ideas from their young people too!

If you would like to use this service or find out more, get in touch with PSS Siblings Service on 0151 702 5555 or email: siblings@pss.org.uk

Help us to help you!

NEW KULO SMILEY FACE PINKOver the past year our community group the Knowsley User Led Organisation have been doing our little bit to help promote and share some of the brilliant activities, events, groups and organisations in our borough.

We would like to see even more opportunities for residents in Knowsley of all abilities to come together.

Can you help us get more social? Do you have any ideas of activities you would like to do? Are there any gaps? Do you think there enough social activities for disabled people, carers, older people? Is there something you would like to see or take part in?

Please feel free to comment and suggest activities by emailing us at hello@kulo.org.uk  or head over to our facebook page and share your ideas

Together we can make it happen!