News archives for 2014

Cycling for Knowsley Carers Week

Ian Knowsley Carers_KULOHere’s another super duper local resident that we’re chuffed to have on board helping our community group.

Can you help Ian raise some much needed funds toward activities for local carers at Knowsley Carers Centre.


During Carers week (9-15 June 2014) Ian and  two of his work colleagues from Knowsley Carers Centre will be riding their bikes from Halewood, through Huyton and finishing in Kirkby to raise some funds for activities for the carers of Knowsley.

The event takes place on Fri 13th (unlucky for some) June 2014 and if you would  like to make a small donation –  anything from £1 upwards  – would be greatly appreciated, just text DONA08 (plus the amount) eg DONA08 £2 to 70070.


Dementia Friends with KULO

dementia friends_KULOHave you seen the Dementia Friends adverts on the TV? Or heard the song?

Well our community group is chuffed to tell you all that we’ll be hosting a Dementia Friends awareness session this Wednesday 14th May as part of our Big Breakfast Community Group meeting from 10.30 – 12.30pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

The 45 minute session is free and available for anyone interested in finding out more about Dementia – you’ll also become a Dementia Friend and get presented with one of these smart pin badges.


Find out more about becoming one of a million Dementia Friends at

End the Awkward

End AwkwardHeard about the End the Awkward campaign by Scope?

Research shows that younger people are more likely to have negative attitudes towards disabled people and most Brits say they don’t feel comfortable talking to disabled people.

Mainly that’s because they’re worried about doing or saying the wrong thing and feeling awkward.

This refreshing campaign uses humour to get people thinking differently about disability.  Click here to take a look at one of their adverts

Or find out more about Scope’s refreshing campaign at

Awkward about disability? No worries – we can all get over it!

Stroke Month in Knowsley

Stroke Knowsley_KULODid you know that May is the start of #StrokeMonth with The Stroke Association?

Every year they hold Step Out For Stroke events to help raise awareness of stroke and the impact it has on survivors and their families.

This year it’s back Monday 19th May 2014 at Court Hey Park, Huyton.

The gentle walk will begin at 11am.

If you would like to take part and help raise awareness contact The Stroke Association’s Knowsley Coordinator Theresa O’ Sullivan on 0151 529 2210 or

Brand New Community Bike Project in Kirkby

Sustrans Kirkby_kulo websiteHow’s this for a brilliant and accessible project for residents in Kirkby.

Every week residents of all abilities can take part in led bike rides at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby.

The bike rides are aimed at beginner cyclists and are very gentle.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, there’s a number of bikes available for you to use for free as well as two adapted bikes – a hand bike and a tricycle.

Take part every week at Southdene Community Centre:

– Wednesday evening from 6pm

– Thursdays from 10-12pm  & 2-4pm

– Sundays from 10-12pm.

This project is supported by Sustrans and Cycling Projects, whose Pedal Away rides cater for anyone needing to use an adapted bike.For more information about Pedal Away contact Kevin McCann

If your an individual or group in Kirkby and would like to know more about the benefits of cycling, and possibly set up your own project, call Amanda Dufresne Sustrans Bike It Officer on 0151 443 2206.

New Cancer Advocacy Service for Older People in Knowsley

KAPISLocal Charity Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy and Information Service (KPAIS) are proud to launch a brand new Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (COPA) service to support residents over 50 living with cancer.

The COPA service will provide independent advocacy, one to one support and help and for anyone over 50 who is affected by cancer in Knowsley.

Cancer can bring bewildering changes to the lives of those diagnosed but can also have a major impact on family, carers and friends.

KPAIS manager Pat McCarthy said “We will be supporting older people affected by cancer to make sure that healthcare professionals, social services, benefits and other agencies understand and respect their wishes.

We’ll support residents who are over 50 in Knowsley affected by cancer to make informed choices and decisions about their treatment and care. We can help residents find out whatever they need to know from information on cancer through to what practical help is available locally”.

If you are over 50, live in Knowsley and need cancer advocacy support or would like to talk to someone about it then please contact COPA lead Valerie McGregor at KPAIS on 0151 449 3706 or email:

Everyone is welcome at the Sewing Cafe

patchworkResidents from across Knowsley are invited to head over to the Stockbridge’s brand new social attraction The Sewing Cafe.

The unique Cafe is open every Thursday from 10 – 12pm at the NEW Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, L28 1SU.

From learning how to crochet, knit, rag rug as well as polishing up your sewing skills, just pop in.

Margaret O’Sullivan, local resident and Sewing Cafe Coordinator said ” The Sewing Cafe is open to everyone and we run a number of different workshops every week, so there’s always something for everyone to get involved in.”

All materials are provided (as well as a cuppa) and an opportunity to make new friends.

Margaret and the team of residents will also be joining us at our next Big Breakfast community event Wednesday 14th May, 10.30 – 12.30pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St John’s Road Huyton – all welcome.

Wellbeing for Knowsley Women

SKYWellbeing_KULOTake part in a free 8 week emotional wellbeing course just for women in Knowsley.

Funded by Knowsley’s CCG, SKYWelbeing have places available for their next course taking place at the Craigs Community Centre, Little Moss Hey, Stockbridge Village every Tuesday evening.

“Wellbeing is vital to our enjoyment of life” say’s Chris O’Hare SKYWellbeing’s facilitator, “this course is a unique opportunity for women in Knowsley to explore and discover new ways to empower themselves”. Chris added “so often women juggle so many different roles in life, this course is designed for women to feel more confident about themselves and their relationships with others.”

For further details please contact Chris O’Hare on 0151 489 7929 or
07740 109 530

A Healthy Funding Opportunity

Health Grants KnowsleyKnowsley’s Public Health Team invite communities from across the Borough to apply for up to £1,000 Small Grants for Health.

It’s a great opportunity for resident groups across Knowsley to make a positive difference to health.

Does your group have a good idea that will encourage Knowsley residents to:

–  eat more healthily

–  be more physically active

– reduce smoking and  promote smoke free environments

– reduce alcohol misuse and the promote responsible drinking

Contact Emma Thomas 0151 443 4987 from Knowsley’s Public Heath Team for an application pack or email

*Please note the criteria for the Small Health Grants will change in the near future, so if you have an idea for a project which will fit the above criteria – you don’t have long! Completed applications need to be with Emma for Friday 9th May.

Knowsley Autism Fun Day

Autism fundayParents & Carers in Knowsley share this!

Get on over to a fab, FREE Autism Fun day Thursday 17th April from 11 – 2pm at the Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, the Withens L28 1AB.

Tonnes to do for the kids including junk modelling, sports and games activities, Wheels for all, as well as a FREE swimming session from 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Tonnes to do for parents as well!

Local Parents group SPEAK Knowsley will be on hand as well as lots of local services to share info and local opportunities.

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