News archives for 2015

Access in Knowsley

Access at the CILIt mightn’t look much, but this raised kerb (white arrow) means that a wheelchair user can get in and out of a taxi or car safely and easier at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Thanks to our board member Jim Jamieson for raising this access issue, which resulted in a car/taxi drop off zone, with accompanying raised kerb to enable wheelchair users to get out of taxis/cars more independently, with dignity and importantly, safely.

We are a realistic & we know these are few & far between but we need more public places/buildings to follow suit and just see things from a different perspective.

If you have an accessibility issue – get in touch with us!

Knowsley Carers Coffee Morning with Healthwatch

Carers Coffee Morning KnowsleyHealthwatch Knowsley are hosting a Carers Drop-In Coffee Morning on Tuesday 1 December & Thursday 7 January 10.30 – 12pm at the Old School House, St Johns Road Huyton.

The coffee morning is for Carers to meet with Healthwatch Knowsley & Knowsley Council to discuss and share issues & concerns faced by Carers.

This is another opportunity for our Carers across Knowsley to have your voice heard and share your experiences.

For more info contact Healthwatch Knowsley 0151 449 3954 or email:

lee-ann.danton@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk and transport is available to get you there and back – just ask!

FREE Training from MPIP

Merseyside Joint Training Partnership Programme have places remaining for a diverse range of training workshops designed for self advocates as well as parents and unpaid carers.

Methods of Communication – Kathy Fearns
When: Wednesday 2nd December 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm
Venue: Salvation Army Walton

Makaton – Heidi Kenworthy
When: Monday 7th December 2015 Time: 10am till 3pm
Venue: Salvation Army Walton

Autism & Behaviour that Challenge – Steve McGuinness
When: Wednesday 9th December 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm
Venue: Salvation Army Walton

If you would like to book onto an event please contact Merseyside Joint Training Partnership, Merseyside Partners in Policymaking on 0151 287 7977 or email: mpip@btconnect.com

Care Act Info Session

Carers information sessionKnowsley Carers Centre will be hosting an information session about the carers assessment as part of the Care Act.

As part of Carers Rights Day 2015, the session takes place on Friday 20 November from 10 – 2pm.

Carers will be joined by representatives from other local agencies, including Knowsley Disability Concern who will be speaking about direct payments.

Knowsley Carers Centre urge carers to attend if you are considering or are applying for a carers assessment in Knowsley.

Lunch will be provided and spaces are limited. Contact Iain on 0151 549 1412.

Basic Book Keeping

KULO book keepingThe Knowsley User Led Organisation are hosting a series of community training courses in Knowsley.

Courses are FREE to adults who are unemployed and living in Knowsley and will take place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11, Brickfields, Huyton Business Park L36 6HY.

Our next community know how course is Basic Book Keeping on Friday 4 December  12 – 3pm.

This session is perfect for community members who want to keep financial records and accounts for a community group they run.

Places are limited and lunch will also be provided.

For more information or to book a  place get in touch with Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:

Christmas Party for Children with Additional Needs in Knowsley

Sunrise christmas partyLocal Parent and carers support group Sunrise will be hosting this year’s Family Christmas party, funded by Knowsley’s Short Breaks.

The fun, festive and inclusive activities take place on Sunday 13 December 2015, at the Venue (formerly Huyton Suites).

Tickets are £10 per family.

With two sessions to choose from (1 – 3pm or 5 – 7pm) parents and carers of children with additional needs in Knowsley are urged to book a place as soon as possible.

The closing date for Christmas Party applications is 2 November 2015.

Chistmas party Booking formFamilies will be entertained by Ditsy Doodles, with a Disco, Games, Prizes, Balloons, Candy Cart, Face painting, a Quiet Area and not forgetting a visit form you know who, plus a gift!

All the activities are suitable for children with additional needs up to the age of 19yrs.

For more details contact Leanne ASAP on:07445 256 741 or email: sunrisechristmasparty@gmail.com

Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards 2015

KULO_GroupOur congratulations goes out to all those individuals and local groups in Knowsley who attended Knowsley’s Sports and Cultural Awards presentation evening in October.

We were pleased to be nominated for Knowsley’s Community Group of the Year 2015 and delight on the night to be in good company as well coming third in such a popular and competitive category.

“They are proactive and focus on solutions to make sure any issues and concerns raised can be realistically and practically addressed, changed or enhanced for the better –  for the  benefit of everyone who lives in Knowsley.

It’s through their individual determination, personal challenges & physical barriers faced they as a collective group of local people,working in partnership they really can overcome problems”.

Paula Thompson our KULO Vice chairperson was nominated for her dedicated efforts in the volunteer of the year category and came second.

Paula and Drew Plan BHer nomination was in recognition for her commitment not only to our group, she also coordinates Plan B Knowsley, an innovative social programme for young autistic adults as well as her timeless volunteer efforts for older people’s charity KPAIS and Knowsley Carers Centre.

“Paula is an energetic and passionate person who selflessly champions local people of all abilities to realise their full potential to succeed in life.

Throughout her life she has dedicated her time to advocate equality and rights for local people with disabilities.”

A great night out and look out for next year’s awards –  get nominating!

For more photo’s of the evening click here

Community Training

KULO Effective Minute TakingThe Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of community training courses in Knowsley.

Courses are FREE to adults who are unemployed and living in Knowsley and will take place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11, Brickfields, Huyton Business Park L36 6HY.

We are delighted to be offering a series of know how community courses and workshops in partnership with Knowsley Family and Community Education.

Our Community Training sessions kick off our with Effective Note Taking on Friday 6 November 12 – 3pm.

This session is perfect for anyone who needs to learn the fine art of taking minutes – we know from experience that being tasked to take minutes is often a chore that not many relish!!

This will be followed up in December with a Basic Book Keeping session on Friday 4 December from 12 – 3pm.

Places are limited and lunch will also be provided.

For more information or to book a  place get in touch with Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:

Get Online

get-online-week-timetable-121015Local help and know how is on hand across Knowsley if you want to Get Online.

Whether is surfing on the web, signing up to facebook, buying things online or creating an email account – whatever you need there’s always help across Knowsley.

Take a look at the places and spaces where you can Get Online for FREE!

Get Sewing and Get Creative in November

KULO SEWING POSTERStarting in November and every Wednesday from 10 – 12pm, join us at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living for some creative sewing workshops.

The Knowsley User Led Organsation will be running a series of FREE sewing sessions in November. No matter what your ability, help is on hand – if you need it – and you’ll get to make some unique items for you and your home including a funky cotton carrier bag, colorful draft excluder and a fab & festive Christmas wreath.

Take part and join in, plus all materials are supplied for FREE  as well as a cuppa or two and some good company!

If you’d like more information call Jim on 07712 889 302 or Nancie 07715 392 158 email:

All welcome!

Knowsley Centre for Independent Living is located at Unit 11, Brickfields, Huyton Business Park, Huyton,
Knowsley L36 6HY

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