News archives for 2015

Princes Trust and Everton in the Community

Everton FC FlyerIf you are aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment Get Started with Princes Trust and Everton in the Community to help achieve your goals.

ALL are welcome to join our free football programme and you will:
– learn coaching skills from professional coaches at Everton in the Community
– gain a first aid and a coaching qualification
– meet new people and build your confidence
– work with others to complete a group challenge
– take part in a stadium tour at Goodison Park

This FREE course will cost you nothing – your travel expenses and lunch will be provided every day by the Princes Trust. You’ll also receive three months support to help you move into education, training or employment.

This ‘Get Started with Football’ course runs from on 26 –  30 October 2015 and there’s a taster session being held prior to this on 21 October at Goodison Park.

For more information  or to book a place contact Darren Hulse at the Princes Trust on 07947 856 434 or email

Just ASK for Advice and Support in Knowsley

ask-logoAdvice Services Knowsley (ASK) brings local organisations together to improve quality of –  and access to –  advice services in Knowsley.

Take a look at ASK website which provides easier access to local advice services.

Whether you are looking for advice on Housing & Benefits, Employment & Education Opportunities, Welfare & Benefits, Health and Emotional support, the website has a wealth of local information and local services that can help you.

ASK also provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions on your topic of choice  – so you may get your question/problem/issue resolved without having to contact a local service!

Go to

KULO Training

KULO TrainingOver the next few months, our community group the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a a series of FREE training courses for local people in Knowsley.

From Accredited First Aid, minute taking, basic book keeping as well as health & safety.

We are currently arranging dates for training and we’ll post dates of useful courses here as well as our Facebook Page.

A Useful Website for Knowsley

knowlege is powerHere’s a useful guide to services and organisations in Knowsley.

It’s a website which provides local (to Knowsley) & national information and support for Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Called the Knowsley information Service the website is packed full of information about SEN, advice, guidance, local support for carers & parents, education, employment, housing and learning support….the list goes on.

As the saying goes ‘Knowledge is Power’ and too often we meet local people who are just unaware of services that are available to help.

See what you can find on the site that’s useful and good to know  – for you and your family.

Go to  and if you know of any more useful sites, please get in touch with us!

Onwards and Upwards for Al’s Club!

als clubAl’s Club is a social activity group for young people aged 16 – 30 with disabilities in the Knowsley area.

The group meets at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive in Huyton every Thursday from 6.30 till 8.30pm.

With a small charge of just £2 at Al’s Club you can meet people and make new friends – plus there’s lots to see, do and join in with!

Al’s Club also run a Tweenies session for 0 – 16yrs every Sunday from 11am till 1pm.

For more information contact Debbie on 07939 556 287 or email:

Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings

Mental Health_KULODid you know Healthwatch Knowsley host Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings in Kirkby & Huyton?

They are an opportunity for local people to share experiences (good and bad) of Mental Health services in Knowsley

Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings are open to anyone, including service users, family members and carers.

Upcoming dates are as follows: 

Friday 2 October, 10—12noon, at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby L32 6QG
Friday 6 November, 10—12noon at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton L36 0UX
Friday 4 December, 10 –12noon at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby L32 6QG
Friday 15 January 2016, 10—12noon at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton L36 0UX

Please note: venues for the coffee mornings will be alternated between Huyton and Kirkby, and transport is always available on request – just ask!

If you would like more information, please contact Lee-Ann at Healthwatch Knowsley on 0151 449 3954 or e:

Free Autism Training in Knowsley

Be aware free autism training knowsleyAre you a local business, organisation or community group in Knowsley that wants to have a better understanding about Autism?

Did you know that New Start Living can offer free training for 2 hours for your organisation, group/and or staff members?

For further information please contact Donna Gillespie 07808 845 779 or email:

Caring Kirkby Companions

caring Kirkby companionsCaring Kirkby Companions meet every Thursday from 7.30pm at the RAFA Club, Broad Lane, Southdene Kirkby.

New members are always welcome to join the weekly social activity group, where you can have a chat, drink and bite to eat in a relaxed setting – you can even play bingo and take part in prize raffles.

Caring Kirkby Companions also offer to members day’s out and go and see activities to theatre’s and local markets too.

For more information about the group search Caring Kirkby Companions on Facebook  and add the group as a friend. Alternatively contact Knowsley Carers Centre for more information on 0151 549 1412.  

Black is Back!

Stephen black walk in waterStephen Black has raised a  £6837.55 for Walton Neurological Centre, after Walking in Water. 

Six years ago Stephen fell 60 feet to the ground and was rushed to Walton Neurological Centre and put on a life support machine.

He spent five weeks in a coma and began the journey of learning how to eat, talk and dress (basically everything we would normally take for granted) all over again.

In 2014 Stephen decided to give back and help the hospital that saved his life. He walked in water (300 widths to be precise) in 3 hours.

“It was an accomplishment considering I’m in a wheelchair, however I like to push myself, so for my second venture I’m going to walk twice as far, 600 widths (10K).”

In September 2015,  he did just that. Not only doubling the walk distance, he smashed his previous time and completed Walk in Water 2, in a staggering 1 hour and 40 minutes!

Stephen Black big ChequeStephen’s fundraising efforts of £6837.55 will go towards helping the Walton Neurological Centre to build accommodation to enable family members to stay with their loved ones in their time of need.

Click here to take a look at Stephen’s Walk in Water 2

Knowsley Carers and the Cuts

Knowsley Carers and the cutsOn Wednesday 30 September 10 am- 12pm Knowsley Carers Centre will be hosting a public forum for carers to explore issues and challenges they face.

Knowsley Carers want to hear from you, if you have any issues, questions or concerns  you would like to ask or be raised on your behalf. These questions will be presented to panel of senior Adult Social Care officers at a future event.

In 2014 Knowsley Carers and the Cuts held their very first public forum with representatives from KMBC which gave rise to positive outcomes for local carers and Knowsley Carers Centre, hope to build upon this success.

Knowsley Carers Centre explain that ‘It’s really important that carers attend this meeting to give us a better understanding of the type of issues carers face.’

If you have questions or queries from new care cost increases, transport charges, carers assessments, short breaks for carers……..get in touch.

For more information and to register interest please contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412 before 18 September with your contact details.

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