News archives for 2014

Be a Good Friend with KPAIS

KPAIS_friend-kuloCan you spare just one hour a week to befriend an older person?

Local Charity Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Service (KPAIS) are looking to boost their army of local volunteer befrienders to help older people in Knowsley.

Did you know there are around 9,000 older people in Knowsley who live alone?

You could be helping someone rebuild their confidence because of a bereavement or illness, or accompanying them to a local lunch club or pensioner group.

Some older people may be housebound and unable to get out and about. For just one hour you could make a BIG difference to someone’s life.

As a volunteer befriender you will have 3 days of skills and information training and will undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

Can you make a difference? Call the KPAIS team on 0151 449 3706


Scouts in Knowsley

lego-boy-scouts-be-prepared_kuloNow this sounds like a great opportunity to some of our community groups out there in Knowsley!

Or you may be thinking about setting something up in your neighbourhood?

The Merseyside Scouts are looking to set up brand NEW Beaver, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer groups in Knowsley.

They also have start up funding available… £3,500 per age group to help with uniform and activity costs etc. (not venue hire costs) and every volunteer will also receive a full package of training and support.

By the way Scouts is open to girls and boys!

For more information please contact Kevin Roxby on 07983 581 504 or email:

Motivate with Activate

activate_KULOShare this opportunity! Activate Arts are offering education and employability programmes for young adults (16-24) with additional needs.

Based in Kirkby at The Bracknell Centre, Bracknell Ave off of Bewley Drive.

If you would like more information please call 0151 545 1279 and ask for Caitlyn. Check out Activate Arts website at

From One Social Enterprise to Another

Social Enterprise_KPAC-kuloLocal Social Enterprise KPAC are aiming to teach others how to set up their very own Social Enterprise.

There offering one full day training to residents who are keen to  learn more about social enterprises and the advantages of being a social enterprise business.

Priced at £55 per person, your lunch and refreshments are also included – by the end of the day you’ll have a better understanding of how to go about setting up a social enterprise.

The training course gets underway Friday 28th February 2014 9.30am – 4.30pm at The Old Schoolhouse, St John’s Road Huyton L36 0UX.

Did you know  The Big Issue, the Eden Project and Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen are examples of social enterprises?

If your interested in all things social enterprise or want to book a place call KPAC on 0151 481 0047 or visit their website

Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning

postive mental health_kuloHealthwatch Knowsley invite you to their ever popular Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning.

Friday 24th January 2014, 10am—12noon at The Old School House, St. Johns Road, Huyton.

A warm welcome is guaranteed and it’s a great opportunity for local people to come along and share their experiences of Mental Health services in Knowsley and know that your voice will are heard.

The Coffee Morning is open to anyone, including service users, family members, carers and organisations so get yourself there and feel free to bring a friend.

For further info please contact Lee-Ann on 0151 449 3954 or email Please note that refreshments are provided free of charge and transport is available on request.

Helping you live independently

cil_kuloThe Independent Living & Design Team is based at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

The friendly team is made up of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Sensory Rehabilitation Officers, Surveyors and Grants officers.

The Knowsley service works with both children & adults providing specialist assessments and adaptive equipment, simple rehab programs or adaptations.

Helping local people to be more independent in daily living tasks such as bathing, preparing a meal, or being able to get in and out of your home.

The Service also facilitates applications for Disabled Facilities Grants and provides a design service for disabled adaptations following work through to completion from assessment to adaptation provision e.g. bedroom/bathroom extensions.

Occupational Therapists are also on hand also provide specialist manual handling assessment service for Knowsley residents with complex manual handling needs.

To find out more or to make a referral contact the Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600.

Free Local Advice

Prescot_whiston_kuloPrescot & Whiston Community Advice Centre offer general benefit & welfare rights advice for Knowsley residents.

They provide drop-in advice sessions on weekday mornings from 9.15am-12.30pm.

The team can also help you with completing Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and other forms (by booking afternoon appointments only).

Based in Prescot One Stop Shop, Aspinall Street Prescot simply call in or arrange an afternoon appointment by calling  0151 443 4639 or email:

KUC supports Knowsley Residents

KUC_kuloKUC is a Social Enterprise that serves as a community resource centre for the population of Kirkby and the surrounding area of Knowsley.

They offer many packages of support to help you from advice, education, training, employment and business opportunities.

They also operate a specialist Benefit and Debt Advice service. It’s FREE, independent and confidential. To find out more contact the KUC on team on  0151 548 0001

Local Charity Support

kdcLocal Charity Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC) has been supporting local people who face challenges by reason of their disability for more than 30 years.

Originally established in 1977 as a service for adults with learning disabilities, KDC has developed and evolved into a modern, forward-thinking agency specialising in delivering services to support local people to live independent lives in the community.

Based in Huyton, KDC support residents across Knowsley and offer a range of services to help disabled people including:
– Information about disability-related issues
– Independent advocacy for people with leaning disabilities
– Crisis and issue based advocacy for people with disabilities
– Self-advocacy training and awareness for young people (14-25)
– Support and facilitation of the self advocacy group for people with learning disabilities
– Support for parents with leaning and support needs to help raise their children independently
– Information, advice and support to access direct payments
– Support planning and brokerage service to enable people to use their personal budgets for health and social care effectively
– Payroll services for people employing personal assistants under the direct payments scheme
– Practical support for statutory agencies and voluntary groups to provide information in fully accessible formats

For more information call Knowsley Disability Concern on 0151 480 4090 or check out their website


Local Heroes & Distant Voices

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.

As part of the national centenary Huyton & Kirkby Galleries, Knowsley Park Centre for Learning and Prescot Museum are joining in with the events commemorating this epic period with a fascinating new exhibition,‘Local Heroes, Distant Voices’.

The exhibition presents the fascinating stories of individual soldiers, and we have so many to tell that they wouldn’t all fit into one venue!

The exhibition will open simultaneously in Huyton Gallery and Knowsley Park Centre for Learning in February and then move to Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum in August, so as to show and commemorate more stories and local histories as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition tells the personal stories of Knowsley servicemen, women and individuals affected by war from the late 19th Century onward, covering military conflicts up to present day.

For further information please contact Knowsley Leisure & Culture Development Service on 0151 443 5617.

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