News archives for 2014

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:

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:

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  or head over to our facebook page and share your ideas

Together we can make it happen!

Help with Transport Costs

learning_Sheila Kay fundIf your lucky enough to be starting a course or learning opportunity, or even if your thinking about applying.

Don’t let transport costs get in your way or put you off. We met Gill from the Sheila Kay fund today who can help you with the cost of getting from A to B.

The Sheila Kay fund can also provide book tokens for your learning resources.

Call Gill Gargan (Monday & Thursdays) on 0151 702 5545 or go to the Sheila Kay website to find out more.

A free day out by train

Get your free day out by train for up to 4 people.

Merseyrail are offering free return rail travel on Sunday 6th July to and from any destination on the Northern and Wirral lines – including Southport, West Kirby and Chester.

*Please note that your start station must also be on Merseyrail’s network – this includes Kirkby but not other Knowsley stations (Huyton, Prescot, Whiston or Halewood).

Click here to register

Older Peoples Activities with IKAN

IKANKnowsley’s IKAN team provide a range of services to support older people from across Knowsley.

Did you know they also deliver and support social activities as well as community exercise classes!

How about a spot of line dancing every Friday 12 – 1pm over at Towerhill Community Centre? Lunch at South Avenue Community Room, Prescot. Or give Boccia a try  2 – 4pm every Thursday in Whiston.

Click on this link (below) to access the full list of activities in Knowsley for residents 55 and over.

IKAN Activity groups in Knowsley

For further information about the IKAN team and activities for older people call  0800 694 0270

Age UK Knowsley

We were saddened as well as shocked to hear local charity Age UK Knowsley & West Mersey ceased trading as of 12th June 2014.

Our thoughts go out to staff members who have sadly been made redundant as well as the loss of local services for older people Age UK Knowsley & West Mersey provided for Knowsley residents.

These services which befitted older people included Information & Advice, Home Services, Day Trips, Computer Learning and Luncheon Clubs.

Get Started Games Design Programme

Games design_KULO websiteThe Prince’s Trust are offering spaces for the Get Started with Games Design programme.

If you are aged 16 – 25 and have a passion for playing games why not look at a career within the gaming industry?

The Get Started programme  with Game Design offers a unique mix of high quality digital technology and soft skills development.

This inclusive 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 of all abilities to work together to design and build their own computer game which they will showcase to a wider audience. The course will also include:

  • Find out how computer games are designed
  • Games testing
  • Work with experts within this dynamic industry
  • Build your own FPS computer game & format artwork, characters and sound
  • Work on the Unreal Engine that created games such as Quake, Crisis, Timesplitters, Battlefield, Far Cry, etc
  • Receive an inspirational talk and presentation from Sony
  • Build on your personal development and CV experiences
  • Three month One to one support for employment and further education opportunities
  • Lunch & travel provided

Pop along to the Taster day  Wednesday 25th June 2014 3 – 5pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street Liverpool L7 7JA

The Course starts 30th June to 4th July 2014 from 10am – 4pm

Contact Darren from The Prince’s Trust on 07947 856 434 

Free Cycling First Aid Course

first aid posterGet on your bike and take part in a Cycling first aid course in Kirkby.

Taking place Wednesday 4th June from 6.45 – 8.30pm at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane.

Hurry as there are limited spaces available!

Don’t forget every week residents of all abilities can take part in bike rides at Southdene Community Centre:

Wednesday evening from 6pm

Thursday’s from 10-12pm  & 2-4pm

Sunday’s from 10-12pm.

To book your place or find out more about this fantastic project call Amanda on 07827 271 203 or email:

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