Community activity

The Knowsley Big Group

BIG GroupBIG stands for Being Involved Group and it is self-advocacy group for people with a learning disability in Knowsley.

As a dynamic group they discuss lots of issues to do with their lives, including health, housing and services and they are supported by local charity Knowsley Disability Concern.

It started with the government White Paper, ‘Valuing People’, which outlines how people with a learning disability have been excluded but should in the future be provided with the opportunity to live full and independent lives as part of the community.

What does BIG do?

  • They meet as a group once a month to discuss issues relating to their lives.
  • Many of the members attend meetings with local & national organisations to put forward their views and play an active part in planning and designing local services, which are responsive to their needs.
  • They support people with a learning disability to speak up about things that are important to them
  • The BIG group help to plan and deliver training for Knowsley Health Services
  • The BIG group represent Knowsley at National & local conferences
  •  The BIG group are voice for people with Learning Disabilities in Knowsley

To find out more about BIG and how you can get involved call 0151 480 8883 E: BIGgroup@kdc.org.uk

Autism Support Knowsley

talk_about_autismHeard about the Autism Support Group in Knowsley?

Parents and Carers who support Autistic siblings meet on the last Thursday of every month at Kirkby Leisure Centre from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

We think support groups are a positive and beneficial way to help you realise you are not alone and that there are other people who have the same problems – which can be a huge relief, plus sharing your problems with others can open up new ways of dealing with a particular problem or issue.

The Autism Support Group is a great place to meet with other parents & carers to talk, listen and share experiences – you’ll also receive a very warm welcome – we did!

Keep Fit for All

keep fit for allAnyone up for keeping fit? We want to make sure that opportunities to exercise and take part in physical activity is accessible to as many people as possible in Knowsley.

We as a community group think it’s important to focus on our ability rather than disability and importantly we can do it together if we want with our carers who are a big part of this (in light of charges being applied to carers who use Knowsley leisure facilities).

Fit for all is something we’d like to do, it’s a 10 week programme of motivational talks, aerobics and circuit training, plus a weekly weigh in (on wheelchair accessible scales).

The only catch is if we get enough interest from you the sooner we can get cracking and start it.

Contact us on 07715 392 158 or email us:hello@kulo.org.uk

Moonbeams Support

moonbeamsLocal volunteer parents and carers support & activity group Moonbeams run an after school club for children with additional needs at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Health Avenue, Huyton.

For a small charge of £2 the after school club takes place every Monday from 3.45 – 6.45pm  and is suitable for children and young people with additional needs from the age of 5yrs plus.

Moonbeams also run arts sessions at the River Alt Resource Centre for carers and parents every Friday from 9.30am  – 3pm (£2).

Local mum Yvonne who helps coordinate Moonbeams says “Friday’s are a great way for local parents who have children with additional needs to relax, unwind and meet other parents to share their ups and downs –  everyone is made to feel welcome”.

The parent and carers support group also have a fantastic lending library resource available to parents and children from Knowsley.

They have available a whole series of books to help develop awareness and understanding of specific impairments, books to help promote positive attitudes to disability and books which are more generally about acceptance and respecting differences.

Call Yvonne 07403 348 849 or Ann-Marie 07504 963 143 to find out more about Moonbeams

Life Skills Course

Life skillsA FREE Life Skills Course is available to residents in Knowsley, with local Social Enterprise KPAC.

Suitable for adults with learning disabilities, the aim of the course is to support and build greater independence in every day life.

Over 6 weeks you’ll cover a whole host of topics including keeping safe, personal presentation, travel training, socialising, money skills, communication and setting goals.

The next Life Skills Course starts 4 June 2015, 10-1pm for 6 weeks at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

Call KPAC on 0151 481 0047  – don’t miss out!

Community Meeting

NEW KULO SMILEY FACE TEALCalling all residents who live in Knowsley that are passionate about disability issues, carers rights, older peoples concerns.

Our next Knowsley User Led Organisation resident group meeting will take place on Thursday 30 April 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11 Brickfields (off Ellis Ashton Street) Huyton L36 6HY.

All residents from across are very welcome to attend and we’ll be discussing (amongst other things) employment support for residents with disabilities and local transport and accessibility issues in Knowsley.

If you would like to find out more information about our community group contact our Angela Cornwall (Chairperson) on 07970 997 337 

Autism Training

Steve Mcg 23-4-15 flyer - KnowsleyFree Autism training is available to unpaid Knowsley carers, families and self advocates. Delivered, as part of a year long community training programme with Merseyside Partners in Policy Making (MPIP).

The Autism Training takes place on Thursday 23 April at the River Alt Resource Centre,  Huyton. From 10am till 4pm.

If you would like to book a place, contact MPIP on 0151 287 7977 or email mpip@btconnect.com

Please note: Lunch will not be provided, but tea and coffee is available.

About the Trainer

Steve is an autism consultant, who is on the autistic spectrum himself. He offers up an interesting first person perspective into Autism. Steve is a father to a young man with autism and a National Councillor and Trustee of the National Autistic Society.

 Aims:

  • Newly Diagnosed
  • Help and Support – What is available
  • Sensory Issues, Behaviour that Challenges, More understanding of autism/apserger syndrome.
  • Strategies

 Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of Autism,
  • Recognise the early signs of anxiety and reactions of the individual with aspergers syndrome.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication strategies and to help diffuse conflict.
  • Factors that escalate hostility and aggression. Actions to avoid when confronted with a distressed person with autism/ aspergers syndrome.
  • Implement coping strategies to manage a variety of settings including the workplace.

Realise through continued development the importance of practising skills to help alleviate the difficulties experienced by individuals with aspergers syndrome.

Plan B Info Session

Plan B info sessionOur Community Group, The Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting  an information session  ‘All about Plan B’ on Friday 27 March from 10.30am at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

It’s an informal opportunity for local carers, parents & young people to find out more details about how to join in, get involved or even volunteer with us.

You’ll also meet Paula & Drew who are residents behind the community led project. If you would like to attend, get in touch with Paula on 07944 340 474 to book a place.

Mobility Roadshow

We’d like to know if any Knowsley residents would be interested in  coming along to the Mobility Roadshow taking place between 25-27 June?

We’re asking because it’s one of the  UK’s largest consumer-focused event organised by registered charity Mobility Choice and it could be an invaluable opportunity for Knowsley residents with limited mobility to go and see (even try out) products and services that are available to help maintain and in some cases achieve greater independence.

It takes place in Donnington Park, Derby and s a community group we could arrange transport to get there, but before we do that we’d like to know if there’s interest from you?

Get in touch with us on 07715 392 158 or email us at hello@kulo.org.uk or go to our Facebook page and leave a comment.

Step Out for Stroke Knowsley

Step-Out-for-Stroke-KnowsleyKnowsley Step Out for Stroke, walking event will take place at 11am at Court Hey Park on 18 May 2015.

The group walk is to raise awareness of the Stroke Association and everyone that attends can take part and walk at their own pace.

If you would like to join in and raise awareness  for a very worthy and local cause please contact The Stroke Association’s Knowsley Coordinator Theresa OSullivan on 0151 529 2210.

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