Paul Doyle – Knowsley Resident

4My Name is Paul Doyle, I have four children and eight grandchildren. I have lived and worked in the Knowsley area for many years, I owned my own garage in Prescot which I ran for over 12 years until a motor bike accident in 2006 left me paralysed from the chest down and unable to carry on working.

Since my accident I have become involved in a few voluntary organisations, such as the Spinal Injury Association (S.I.A. Merseyside). Meetings are held on the first Friday of every month and is open to any person that feels they may benefit from our help and advice that we offer with any type of spinal trauma or injury.

I became chairman of Prescot Caring Companions, which is a social evening that was set up for registered Carers in the Knowsley area but also welcomes their cared for, giving all carers in the Knowsley area a chance to get out of their rut and meet other people in the same situation as themselves.

The social evenings are held at the Guild Hall in Prescot every Monday evening starting at 7.30 p.m. and consist of Bingo, Quiz, raffles, Games, karaoke or a sing-a-long, every bank holiday we have a buffet with entertainment as well as coach trips.

Two years ago I also became a member of the Knowsley User Led Organisation (KULO) with a hope long term hope of someday changing the way people can access services in the Knowsley area for both able and disabled people.

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