Whats on

Access to Cinemas

cinema_disabilitiesDid you know that anyone with a disability can obtain a cinema card that allows them to be accompanied by someone to the cinema free of charge? 

Called the CEA Card it’s a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) for UK cinemas.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.

For more information and how to apply click here!

Kirkby Carers

Kirkby CarersMeet up with another fantastic group of local carers in Kirkby who meet every Thursday evening in the R.A.F.A.Club Broad Lane, Kirkby.

Starting at 7.30pm till late, Kirkby Carers is open to both carer and cared for.

It’s another great way to get out and about & meet new people and discover your not alone.

For more information about the group or to find another carers group near you contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412

Autism Support Knowsley

talk_about_autismHeard about the Autism Support Group in Knowsley?

Parents and Carers who support Autistic siblings meet on the last Thursday of every month at Kirkby Leisure Centre from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

We think support groups are a positive and beneficial way to help you realise you are not alone and that there are other people who have the same problems – which can be a huge relief, plus sharing your problems with others can open up new ways of dealing with a particular problem or issue.

The Autism Support Group is a great place to meet with other parents & carers to talk, listen and share experiences – you’ll also receive a very warm welcome – we did!

Keep Fit for All

keep fit for allAnyone up for keeping fit? We want to make sure that opportunities to exercise and take part in physical activity is accessible to as many people as possible in Knowsley.

We as a community group think it’s important to focus on our ability rather than disability and importantly we can do it together if we want with our carers who are a big part of this (in light of charges being applied to carers who use Knowsley leisure facilities).

Fit for all is something we’d like to do, it’s a 10 week programme of motivational talks, aerobics and circuit training, plus a weekly weigh in (on wheelchair accessible scales).

The only catch is if we get enough interest from you the sooner we can get cracking and start it.

Contact us on 07715 392 158 or email us:hello@kulo.org.uk

Little Stars Parent and Carer Support Group

little starsLittle Stars is a Knowsley based support group who provide support for parents, carers, siblings and children with additional needs.

Run by Michelle and Diane they formed the group because they found no relevant support available when their children where diagnosed at an early age.

Now they have a huge extended family of local parents and carers who support each other and offer a huge range of information, impartial advice – that only a room full of people with personal experiences can do!

Little Stars run fortnightly coffee mornings for parents and children with additional needs (suitable for under 9’s) at Hilltop Children’s Centre, Bedford Close, Huyton L36 1XH from 9:30-11:30am (£1 subs)

They also organise Saturday Stay and Play sessions once a month (normally 10-12pm) £1 per child which includes snack and drink, as well as
Spa days, Dads Curry Nights, Mums Tea Nights and so much more!

Call Michelle 07914794492 or Diane 07901557781 for more info

Moonbeams Support

moonbeamsLocal volunteer parents and carers support & activity group Moonbeams run an after school club for children with additional needs at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Health Avenue, Huyton.

For a small charge of £2 the after school club takes place every Monday from 3.45 – 6.45pm  and is suitable for children and young people with additional needs from the age of 5yrs plus.

Moonbeams also run arts sessions at the River Alt Resource Centre for carers and parents every Friday from 9.30am  – 3pm (£2).

Local mum Yvonne who helps coordinate Moonbeams says “Friday’s are a great way for local parents who have children with additional needs to relax, unwind and meet other parents to share their ups and downs –  everyone is made to feel welcome”.

The parent and carers support group also have a fantastic lending library resource available to parents and children from Knowsley.

They have available a whole series of books to help develop awareness and understanding of specific impairments, books to help promote positive attitudes to disability and books which are more generally about acceptance and respecting differences.

Call Yvonne 07403 348 849 or Ann-Marie 07504 963 143 to find out more about Moonbeams

Life Skills Course

Life skillsA FREE Life Skills Course is available to residents in Knowsley, with local Social Enterprise KPAC.

Suitable for adults with learning disabilities, the aim of the course is to support and build greater independence in every day life.

Over 6 weeks you’ll cover a whole host of topics including keeping safe, personal presentation, travel training, socialising, money skills, communication and setting goals.

The next Life Skills Course starts 4 June 2015, 10-1pm for 6 weeks at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

Call KPAC on 0151 481 0047  – don’t miss out!

Take part in a FREE Course for young people

summer-2015-one-pagePeople First Merseyside  are running a FREE 8 week course for 18 – 30 year old’s called Road Ahead this summer.

Road Ahead is for young people with learning disabilities delivered by young people with disabilities (peer educators). If you know someone who would like to be involved in this FANTASTIC course read on.

Peer educators share some of their own life experiences, play games and ensure that everyone on the course has a say, gets involved during the course and that we have some fun.

Sessions include:

  • Self esteem and confidence – All about Me
  • Knowing about your community – where I Live
  • Friendships
  • Relationships
  • Keeping safe
  • Keeping healthy
  • Thinking about work / jobs
  • Celebration of our work on the course

When you have completed the training you can also join in the Road Ahead project plus become a trainer yourself.

Places are limited and available to 18 – 30 year olds with a learning disability from across Merseyside (yes that does include Knowsley – because we have checked to make sure!

For more information call People First Merseyside on 0151 707 6751 or email

jeanettem@peoplefirst.uk.com

Community Meeting

NEW KULO SMILEY FACE TEALCalling all residents who live in Knowsley that are passionate about disability issues, carers rights, older peoples concerns.

Our next Knowsley User Led Organisation resident group meeting will take place on Thursday 30 April 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11 Brickfields (off Ellis Ashton Street) Huyton L36 6HY.

All residents from across are very welcome to attend and we’ll be discussing (amongst other things) employment support for residents with disabilities and local transport and accessibility issues in Knowsley.

If you would like to find out more information about our community group contact our Angela Cornwall (Chairperson) on 07970 997 337 

Autism Training

Steve Mcg 23-4-15 flyer - KnowsleyFree Autism training is available to unpaid Knowsley carers, families and self advocates. Delivered, as part of a year long community training programme with Merseyside Partners in Policy Making (MPIP).

The Autism Training takes place on Thursday 23 April at the River Alt Resource Centre,  Huyton. From 10am till 4pm.

If you would like to book a place, contact MPIP on 0151 287 7977 or email mpip@btconnect.com

Please note: Lunch will not be provided, but tea and coffee is available.

About the Trainer

Steve is an autism consultant, who is on the autistic spectrum himself. He offers up an interesting first person perspective into Autism. Steve is a father to a young man with autism and a National Councillor and Trustee of the National Autistic Society.

 Aims:

  • Newly Diagnosed
  • Help and Support – What is available
  • Sensory Issues, Behaviour that Challenges, More understanding of autism/apserger syndrome.
  • Strategies

 Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of Autism,
  • Recognise the early signs of anxiety and reactions of the individual with aspergers syndrome.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication strategies and to help diffuse conflict.
  • Factors that escalate hostility and aggression. Actions to avoid when confronted with a distressed person with autism/ aspergers syndrome.
  • Implement coping strategies to manage a variety of settings including the workplace.

Realise through continued development the importance of practising skills to help alleviate the difficulties experienced by individuals with aspergers syndrome.