News archives for 2015

The Sewing Cafe

cushionWhy not have a go at making one of these lovely patchwork cushions for FREE over at The Sewing Cafe every Thursday morning 10-12pm at the Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre.

All materials are provided, as well as a teacher to show you how  – plus a cuppa and a very warm welcome.

No need to book just turn up!

British Heart Foundation Coffee Morning

Heart 2. jpgA coffee morning will be held at St Michael’s Church Hall, Bluebell Lane Huyton on Friday 6th Feb to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Family worker Angela McCormick tells us that The British Heart Foundation charity is very close to her. Everyone is very welcome to attend with tea & coffee will be served in safety travel mugs, have your nails painted and there’s a fab play area for the kids.

Take part in Nordic Walking

nordic walkingThe Great Outdoors Project at the National Wildflower Centre, Roby Road Huyton provide weekly and free to take part in, Nordic Walks at Court Hey Park.

Walks are Led by qualified instructors every Thursday at 10am. All abilities are very welcome.

Poles and instruction are provided and simply meet up  at The National Wildflower Centre Cornflower Café.

If you can’t make Thursday’s, try Nordic Walks led by Community walk leaders on Saturdays at 10am and meet at The National Wildflower Centre Cobbled Courtyard Gates.

Coming up:
Tuesdays 1pm, at Halewood Park you can take part in a FREE Learn 2 Nordic Walk course. Starting 24th February for 4 weeks.  Meet at Halewood Environment Centre, Okell Drive, L26 7XB.

If you would like more  information and to book any of the activities or training shown above please call: 0151 738 1913 email:


Knowsley Health Forums

Your say customer transport in knowsleyKnowsley Health Forums are a great place to find out what’s on as well as what services and opportunities are available to residents in Knowsley.

Run by Knowsley’s Community Health Development Team Health forums take place in Prescot, Huyton and Halewood and residents are welcome to attend.

The next Health Forums are:

20th February Huyton – Huyton One stop shop 1:30-3pm

27th February Prescot- Tesco Prescot community room 1-3pm

6th March Halewood – The Halewood Centre (first floor meetings rooms) 1-3pm

For more info call Clare Rose on 0151 244 4383

Autism Support Group in Knowsley

talk_about_autismHave you heard about the Autism Support Group in Knowsley?

Local parents and carers meet on the last Thursday of every month 7.30 – 8.30pm at Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive Kirkby.

The Autism Support Group is a great way to meet other parents, to talk, listen and share experiences.

All welcome!

TASK Gives You Peace of Mind

TASKTASK is Knowsley’s very own Trader Approved Scheme for older people and vulnerable residents in Knowsley.

It’s a unique directory of local trades people who have been vetted through the Office of Fair Trading by KMBC’s Trading Standards Department – designed to give residents in Knowsley more confidence & peace of mind.

TASK has helped hundreds of Knowsley residents over many years access trusted and affordable trades people and helps reduce numbers of elderly & vulnerable people falling prey to bogus and rogue traders.

From electricians, plumbers, painters & decorators, locksmiths, gardeners….TASK gives you peace of mind.

To access this FREE TASK service delivered by local charity KPAIS call 0151 546 6680.

Adult Social Care Knowsley

Knowsley Disability Concern will be hosting a FREE workshop for Knowsley residents called  ‘Getting Ready for Your Review’.

Over the coming year if you receive Adult Social Care the support you receive from Knowsley Council will be reviewed and KDC  want to make sure you are prepared.

This is an invitation for you, your family or your carers to attend a FREE workshop to help you get the most out of your Review on Wednesday 18 March 2015, 10 – 12pm at Knowsley Carers Centre, 143 Bewley Drive Kirkby, L32 9PE

Many Knowsley residents are concerned that their care and support packages will be reduced because of wider Council  cuts to services and KDC  urge you to come along to the next workshop to make sure you get the best possible outcome from your review.

To book your place call Johanne Ross 0151 480 4090 or email

Make some time for Plan B Knowsley

plan-b-logo-strapline-smallerPlan B is a brand new inclusive and accessible social activity programme for young adults with autism who live in Knowsley.

Launching in January 2015 the  year-long programme will be supported by members of our Knowsley User Led Organisation which is a community group of residents with disabilities as well as carers.

Plan B’s aim is to encourage and support young autistic adults who live in Knowsley to:

  • meet like minded people and make new friends
  • try out different activities
  • share and exchange experiences
  • discover new ‘alternative’ places to go

Please note: Activities and social experiences will be suitable for adults aged between 18 and 30 years.

Plan B would like to hear from you if:

  • You are an young autistic adult who lives in Knowsley
  • You are a family carer
  • You are a support worker

To enhance & strengthen Plan B’s monthly programme of activity and experiences for young people we are creating an online network for young people to communicate, socialise and share experiences to support each other. You can get social with Plan B on their Facebook Page: PlanBKnowsley and don’t forget to like and share it!

Volunteer with Plan B!

We are seeking the support of local volunteers of all ages who must be friendly, enthusiastic and willing to support young people to take part in a variety of safe, inclusive activities and experiences in different settings.

You will receive:

  • Travel costs
  • Local training and support
  • Opportunities to meet new people and share experiences
  • All volunteers must undertake DBS/CRB checks

Want to find out more? Call Paula Thompson on 07944 340 474, like our Plan B Facebook Page or get in touch with us by filling out our contact form!

Plan B is also

Welfare Rights Advice for Older People in Knowsley

welfare_reform_700x336Local older persons charity Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Service (KPAIS) has an independent welfare rights adviser who is able to carry out free home visits for older people who live in Knowsley.

The free and independent welfare rights and benefits service for older people can help you claim state entitlements and access further specialist advice and support from services and organisations in Knowsley if needed.

Val McGregor from KPAIS welcomes residents to get in touch, “we want older people to have greater access to benefits and welfare support which in turn can help you maintain your independence, dignity and choice.”

If you would like to get in touch or make a referral on behalf of a family member call Val McGregor on 0151 449 3706 or email

Independent Complaints Advocacy in Knowsley

NHS_Complaints_Advocacy_LogoDo you have a complaint about the care and/or treatment you have received from the NHS? Although most people using the health service are happy with their care and treatment, things can sometimes go wrong. If you’re not satisfied with the service you’ve experienced from a hospital, doctor, dentist, local surgery or other NHS provider, you are entitled to complain about it.

Independent Complaints Advocacy in Knowsley can help you make this complaint, by providing a free, confidential and independent service designed to help you understand your rights and make informed choices.

•Help you explore options available at every stage of the complaints procedure

•Provide confidential support from someone who is independent of the NHS

•Help you to write effective letters to the right people

•Help you to prepare for meetings and maybe even go with you

•Contact and speak to third parties if required

•Provide qualified advocates who can support you

•Offer a range of ‘self-help’ materials if you do not need the support of an advocate but want some advice on the best way to make a complaint.

Independent Complaints Advocacy are working together with Healthwatch Knowsley to improve your services in the Knowsley area. Referrals can be made by calling 0808 801 0389, or alternatively you can contact Healthwatch Knowsley 0151 449 3954 who can refer on your behalf.

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