Community activity

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

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

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:

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

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