News archives for 2014

Employment for Autism

Austism Knowsley_KULONational Charity United Response run a social enterprise called Experts by Experience.

The great news is they employ autistic adults to develop & deliver autism awareness training.

Here’s the best bit – they are currently recruiting Knowsley resident’s (16 and over) to take part and get some paid work on a casual basis.

So if you are on the autistic spectrum, aged 16 and over get in contact with Aime 0787 527 8045

Knowsley ADHD support group

new adhd support groupTake part in a brand new parent-led ADHD support group in Knowsley.

Their first meeting will take place Thursday 20th March from 12.30 – 2.30pm at the Knowsley Carers Centre, Bewley Drive Kirkby.

Everyone is welcome to attend and it’s a great opportunity for parents and carers to come together to share experiences and feelings as well as get some advice and support from parents who ‘have been there’.

For more information contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412

What is ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a sub-type of ADHD.

Common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • a short attention span
  • restlessness or constant fidgeting
  • being easily distracted

Take a look at this helpful resource we’ve spotted at

Can You Step Out for Knowsley

Step Out for Stroke KnowsleyEvery year the Stroke Association hold a Step Out For Stroke event in Knowsley to help raise awareness of stroke and the impact it has on the survivor and their families.

This year the event makes a welcome return to Court Hey Park, Huyton on the 19th May 2014 after an official opening from MP George Howarth. The walk will begin at 11am.

If you would like to take part and help raise some much needed funds for a very worthy and local cause please contact The Stroke Association’s Knowsley Coordinator Theresa OSullivan on 0151 529 2210.

Please note on the day: participants will be required to be at Court Hey Park no later than 10.30am to register and receive their T shirt.

Click here to watch Rachel’s story about why she supports Step Out for Stroke.

Kirkby Carers Group

Kirkby Carers Social Support_KULOKnowsley Carer’s Centre support a weekly community-led network in Kirkby for carer’s to meet other carers.

If you are registered with the Knowsley Carers Centre you can take part and go along every Thursday evening from 7.30pm at the R.A.F.A Club, Broad Lane Kirkby L32 6QG.

It’s free entry and Knowsley ‘carers and cared for’ are very welcome to go along. You’ll know that your not on your own and there are other people out there just like you.

Do contact the Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412 if you would like to attend – you don’t know what your missing!

Mental Health Petition

Mind_KULOCan you take some time out & sign up to a petition for a fairer share of funding for mental health services?

National Charity Mind, provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

They’ve had more than 23,000 signatures so far to their petition asking for a fair share of funding for mental health.

Show your support and click here to sign the petition

Helping Hand for Parents

SPEAK Swimming_KULOLocal parent led charity SPEAK Knowsley are lending a helping hand to local families who have children with complex medical health needs.

They are providing monthly provision for children and young people to attend The Sensory Zones in Skemersdale.

The next session takes place Sunday 23rd March 12 – 3pm. Please note there is a strict eligibility criteria, but do call the SPEAK team on 07772 739 625.

Check out this clip (click here) which gives you a small flavour of some of the work this hardworking group of volunteer parents deliver week in week out.

For further information about SPEAK Knowsley go to

Knowsley CCG Focus Group

CCG_kuloKnowsley residents are invited to take part in a Commissioning Health Policy Review Focus Group.

The Focus Group takes place Tuesday 11th March 1—3pm at The Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are currently looking to make changes to their Commissioning Health Policy Review and are keen to talk about these changes and get community members involved in this decision making process.

Healthwatch are holding a session with Knowsley CCG and the Cheshire and Merseyside Commissioning Support Unit to look at the draft of the Commissioning Health Policy, if you are interested in getting involved and providing feedback at the focus group, please contact Lee-Ann on 0151 449 3954 or email:

For more information or to complete an online survey regarding the policy please go to:

What is Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)?
CCG’s are responsible for planning and buying health care services on behalf of our local population, including planned and unplanned hospital services, community services, mental health services, prescribing and district nursing. CCGs are membership organisations. Knowsley CCG is made up of 33 General Practices within Knowsley.

The CCG was formed to deliver a new way of managing health services and they want local people to feel heard, listened to and cared for and believe that through their clinical knowledge and close working relationships with patients and partners, together they can make a big difference to health outcomes.

Bipolar Support Group

National Charity Bipolar UK provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their polar_kulo

Each year they support over 65,000 individuals through our services and information & advice publications.

The charity are planning a new bipolar support group in Liverpool and are looking for residents to come along and get involved email: or if you would like to start a group in Knowsley perhaps?

What is Bipolar?
Bipolar – sometimes known as manic depression – is a severe mental health illness characterised by significant mood swings including manic highs and depressive lows. The majority of individuals with bipolar experience alternating episodes of mania and depression.

Both males and females of any age and from any social or ethnic background can develop the illness. The symptoms can first occur and then reoccur when work, studies, family or emotional pressures are at their greatest. In women it can also be triggered by childbirth or during the menopause.

The key to coping with bipolar is an early diagnosis, acceptance of the illness and adapting your lifestyle so you are in control of the symptoms as much as possible. Management of the illness can be achieved through strategies involving medication, health care, therapy and self management.

Autism and Asperger Union

Welcome_kuloNew members are always welcome to join!

Take part in The Autism & Asperger Union Social Group meeting at Millennium House, Drop-in Lounge, Bickerstaffe Street, St.Helens.

The Social group meets Tuesday 11th & Tuesday 25th March 6.30pm – 8.30pm. The friendly group is open to autistic adults, parents and carers for more info call David O’Keefe Chairman of The Autism and Asperger Union 07972 390 189.

Know Your Care

KMBC_kuloDo you need help? Knowsley Council’s new Know your Care website is easy to use and includes information about what is available in Knowsley to support people when they need it most.

The Know Your Care website allows you to contact the Council directly by completing an online form. Or you can use the online assessment form to tell us what difficulties you are experiencing with day to day living. The Council can look at your situation and contact you with details of the different options available.

Remember you can still contact the Knowsley Access Team (KAT) Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm on 0151 443 2600.

If you have an emergency outside these hours contact the emergency duty team on 0765 959 0081.

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