News archives for 2014

Out Priced: The Cost of Being Disabled

out pricedDisabled people fork out on average £550 a month extra for everyday living costs according to UK Charity Scope.

From travel, extra heating costs because of health limiting conditions to replacing clothes worn out because of wheelchair use.

Read more about Scope’s report here

There’s some all to familiar stories of disabled people charged double the price for  taxi’s, mobile scooters as well as priced way over the odds for aids and adaptations around the home.

Have you got a similar experience you want to share?

Get in touch

A Date with Autism and Asperger Union

autism_kuloThe Autism and Aspergers Union hold regular meetings for residents from Knowsley to attend.

Their next meeting takes place Tuesday 15 April 6.30pm – 9pm at The Drop-in Lounge, Millennium House, Bickerstaffe Street, St.Helens, WA10 1HJ.

All welcome!

For further info contact David O’Keefe on 07972 390 189 or make a note of the resident-led group’s **NEW EMAIL ADDRESS**

Lessons in Life with KPAC

Lifeskills_KULOWho’s up for a free 5 wk practical and fun course to help you live more independently?

You’ll cover a broad range of topics including how to manage your money, personal safety, travel training, action planning and presentation skills.

It’s suitable for residents with learning disabilities and starts Wednesday 23rd April 1pm – 3pm.

Please do call the friendly KPAC team to find out more 0151 481 0047


Art Competition for Autism

create_kuloCreate! Art for Autism 2014 is open to all young people aged 11-25 years who are formally diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) including Asperger’s Syndrome.

The competition aims to dispel the myth that people with autism cannot be creative and to show that art can significantly improve their quality of life, facilitating experiential-based learning and instilling life-long skills.

Young people with an ASC from around the UK are invited to enter the FIVE main categories: 2D Art, 3D Art, Digital Photography, Digital Animation and Poetry.

Entries to the competition can be submitted from April 2nd until the closing date of June 11th. Finalists will then be announced on July 2nd and the awards ceremony will take place on July 18th.

How do you enter? Click here to go to Create! Art for Autism website

Check out this clip of last years entries.

Join Us For A Big Breakfast

big breakfastFancy joining us for a spot of breakfast?

Wednesday 14th May 10.30 – 12.30pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

Our residents group, the Knowsley User Led Organsiation will be co-hosting the Big Breakfast event alongside our partners the Stroke Association – Knowsley

You’ll also meet like-minded residents as well as find out about local organisations and services that can help you.

Call Nancie on 07715 392 158 to find out more or email us at

More details will be announced shortly!

A Duo Who Make A Big Difference

dynamic duoWe’ll keep this piece of local news simple.

Because we don’t really need words – this fantastic photo sums up everything we feel.

But we would just like to say a huge respect to the dynamic duo who raised a fantastic £55 & you both definitely raised awareness for Autism yesterday.

Your amazing!

Free Sports Sessions for Disabled Young People

L14 free sports activities If your 14 – 26yrs take part in FREE accessible sports sessions for disabled young people.

Every Friday 5 – 7pm at The Gate Community Centre, Princess Drive Huyton L14 9NQ.

Please do call Merseyside’s Fire Support Network on 0151 296 4351 or email: to book your place first.

Check out  some fab piccy’s taken to give you a bit of an idea of what goes on – looks like fun!

Lights Camera Action Calling Knowsley Residents!

clapper board kuloAre you 18-35? Here’s an opportunity to take part in a documentary series focused around young adults with a disability who are looking for a care worker/ personal assistant.

Are you in the process of employing a care worker/personal assistant with similar interests and hobbies to yourself?

Would you be willing to talk about your previous experiences with care workers/ personal assistants?

If so, UK based Television Company Ricochet are looking to speak with young adults with a disability who are on the hunt for a like minded care worker/ personal assistant.

We want to hear a little bit about yourself, your interests and also your experiences with care workers/ personal assistants in the past.

Contact  or call  01273 224 800.
*Please note that getting in contact does not oblige you to take part in the programme.”

A Knowsley Football Opportunity

football oppThe Social Academy is a ten session sport & education programme available to residents in Knowsley

16 places are up for grabs kick starting Monday 7th April 2014 at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 6QG.

If you fancy a challenge then this is for you.  You’ll take part in  weekly 2 hour football & health awareness sessions to help  improve fitness, listening and  leadership skills.

The great news is that you’ll receive an ‘Introduction to Coaching’ qualification as well as a further opportunity to take part in an accredited ‘FA Level 1 Club Coach’ – which covers  basic emergency First Aid and Child Protection.

To find out more contact Richard Brown 0151 488 6648 or 07850 476 360 or email

Sharing Your Thoughts In Knowsley

Mental Health_KULOTake part in Healthwatch Knowsley’s ever popular Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning’s.

There friendly, informal and a great opportunity to listen, share your experiences and views about mental health services in Knowsley with others.

Make a note of the date it’s Friday 28th March, 10am-12pm at The Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

If you need a helping hand with transport to get you there Healthwatch Knowsley can help!

Get in touch with the team on 0151 449 3954 or email

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