News archives for 2014

Support for Children with Disabilities

newlife_kuloDo you have a child with a disability, a long-term health problem, learning difficulty or life-limiting condition?

Call Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. They provide information and support for parents dealing with any type of childhood disability or long-term illness.

Stuck with a problem and need advice? Need to speak to someone you can trust? Worried about the future? Need special equipment?

Whatever your situation, Newlife Nurses are recognised by thousands of families and professionals across the UK as a ‘one stop shop’ for special help.

Speak to a Newlife nurse today call their confidential helpline and email service (lines open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm and Wednesdays until 7pm plus a 24hr answerphone). Email:

A Local Festival of Commemoration

Home-Front-poster_kuloThe Prescot Festival Team invite you to a commemoration evening of wartime sketches and singing.

It’s a not-to-be missed event on Friday 14th March 7  – 8.30pm at St Pauls Church, Bryer Road Prescot L34 5DW. Tickets are priced at £6 each and this includes a hot pot supper. For more info or to reserve a place call 07762  607 618 or email

Check out more fantastic & up and coming, community events delivered by the Prescot Festival Team click here.

World Autism Awareness in Knowsley

Autism Knowsley _kuloKnowsley’s Autism Service Development Group & The Autism and Aspergers Union are  organising a World Autism Awareness Event to take place Wednesday 2 April 2014 at Knowsley’s Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton from 12 – 4pm to help raise awareness of local services & information available for those with an autistic spectrum condition and their families/carers.

The event will also showcase and raise awareness of  Knowsley’s recent Autism Accreditation and will include a number of market stalls for organisations and community groups to highlight the services and activities they provide locally.

If you would like to raise awareness of your group or local activity book a table for this event please contact David O’Keefe, Chair of the Autism Aspergers Union 07972 390 189 or KMBC’s Wendy Green 0151 443 4766 before 5pm Friday 14 March 2014.

Big Lunch in Knowsley

big lunch kuloOnce again, Knowsley Council is supporting The Big Lunch – a national campaign by the Eden Project to encourage people across the country to have lunch together on Sunday, 1 June 2014.

This annual event encourages local neighbourhoods and communities to organise their own events, with the Big Lunch providing advice and support through their website or telephone The Big Lunch on 0845 850 8181.  This includes decorations, games and recipe ideas to share with your neighbours.

The aim of the campaign is to improve community spirit and community cohesion.  Whilst the Big Lunch is promoting the concept, the onus is on communities to take ownership of the events – by generating support locally and organising the events.

If you are interested in arranging a street party, the council will support and advise you on the process.  For advice and support, call 0151 443 3073. Over 3.65 million people nationally took part in last year’s event and hopefully this year’s Big Lunch will attract even more people.

Families get healthy together!

health together_kuloDo you want to take part in a fun FREE local programme of activities with your family?

Knowsley’s Community Health Team are launching a brand new FREE programme to help keep your family fit. Healthy Together is an active  mix of fun games, activities and cookery sessions. Suitable for  parents with children over the age of 4.

Knowsley’s Healthy Together inclusive family activity programme  is all about having fun and Learning together – Cooking together – Being active together – Being creative together – Moving together – Listening together – Growing together – Being happy together – Having a fun time together!

This brand new course kick starts Wednesday 5th March 2014, 4pm at the  Stockbridge Neighbourhood Centre. For more information please contact the Community Health Development Team on 0151 244 4383. Or just come along to the session,  but please wear comfortable clothing and footwear!

Sharing Your Information

NHS medical records

You may have received a leaflet through your door about this, but just  in case you haven’t read on.

There are plans to share your medical records to help improve the way patient care is delivered – but this could also mean sharing your patient information with non NHS groups and organisations.

If you are happy for your information to be used outside of your GP practice then you don’t need to do anything, but if you DO NOT wish to have your information that identifies you being shared you must opt out yourself – to do this you will have to inform a member of staff at your practice or call the patient information line on 0300 456 3531

See attached link to NHS site which explains this in more detail.

Also see the potential implications of who could access your patient records

Be a great employer

KDC Invitation_KULO wesbiteKnowsley Disability Concern invite you to an employment roadshow Wednesday 5th March 10 – 12.30pm at The Caudwell Centre, Tarbock Road L36 0SD

Do you employ a Personal Assistant?

Are you worried about employment rules and regulations?

Knowsley Disability Concern invite you to an employment roadshow Wednesday 5th March 10 – 12.30pm.

It’s designed to help you to understand your responsibilities as an employer and your legal obligations. An employment law specialist will also be on hand to advise you on any specific issues you may have.

To book your place call Dianne on 0151 480 8873 or email

Please note support is also available with transport costs.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

fromt page volunteer driverHere’s a sneaky peek of a brand new community transport scheme, here in Knowsley.

Age UK want to recruit volunteer drivers who can help older residents get from A to B. Whether it’s a doctor’s appointment or a social activity you can make a big difference.

Just to say Chris Caudwell who is heading up the scheme will be at our next KULO meeting (Tuesday 11th February 10 – 12pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton) to give us the full details and how we can all get involved to support this much needed service.

Heard about INC?

INC_kuloINC is another brilliant Knowsley group for young people with disabilities (13 – 25yrs).

They meet every Friday night at the Youthy, over at The River Alt Resource Centre.

It’s ethos is promoting independence and choice for young people.

It is referrals ONLY but parents, carers and organisations can refer young people onto INC – be warned – because of it’s popularity there is a waiting list!

Contact Bridgette Brennan for more details on 0151 443 5333.

KULO Meeting

KULO Cuppa Feb 11 2014 v2Join us for our next meeting Tuesday 11th February 10 – 12pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

….Hear about Council spending plans
….Take part in FREE local training courses
….Find out about a new volunteer driver programme

We’ve also lots of local community organisations on hand if you need any advice,  information or support.

We are a  friendly bunch of residents who want to make good stuff happen in our communities. Call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

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