Disability

Little Stars Parent and Carer Support Group

little starsLittle Stars is a Knowsley based support group who provide support for parents, carers, siblings and children with additional needs.

Run by Michelle and Diane they formed the group because they found no relevant support available when their children where diagnosed at an early age.

Now they have a huge extended family of local parents and carers who support each other and offer a huge range of information, impartial advice – that only a room full of people with personal experiences can do!

Little Stars run fortnightly coffee mornings for parents and children with additional needs (suitable for under 9’s) at Hilltop Children’s Centre, Bedford Close, Huyton L36 1XH from 9:30-11:30am (£1 subs)

They also organise Saturday Stay and Play sessions once a month (normally 10-12pm) £1 per child which includes snack and drink, as well as
Spa days, Dads Curry Nights, Mums Tea Nights and so much more!

Call Michelle 07914794492 or Diane 07901557781 for more info

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

Transport Charges for Day Services

warningGet in touch with Knowsley Carers Centre, if you care for someone who receives transport to and from day services in Knowsley.

If you have been charged for this service of getting to and from your day centre, Knowsley Carers Centre have some up-to-date information that may benefit anyone currently paying transport charges.

Contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412.

 

Knowsley Wheelchair Service

Wheelchair-Service-KnowsleyKnowsley’s Wheelchair Service is based at The Centre For Independent Living, Unit 11, Brickfields, Huyton Business Park, L36 6HY and  operates a Borough wide service Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.

The service does offer assessments out of these hours to accommodate Knowsley resident’s needs.

An emergency service is also offered by the Wheelchair repairs team, Monday to Friday 4.30pm – 8pm, weekends and bank holidays 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Knowsley’s Wheelchair Service can be contacted on 0151 244 4100

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.

Affordable Wheelchair Hire

care-and-repair-wheelchair-hire-300x300Need to hire a wheelchair? Perhaps you or a family member are going on holiday, or on a day trip?  Or you might want try before you buy. Knowsley’s Care & Repair team can help!

They have a variety of wheelchairs that can be hired for a weekly rate of £12.50 or a fortnightly rate of £15 (plus returnable deposit) on either a short or long term basis.

If you decide you want to buy a chair they have a great range of high in quality self-propel or assisted chairs in standard or light-weight models  – approved by Knowsley Wheelchair Service.

Based in the Centre for Independent Living, Ellis Ashton Street,  Huyton. Knowsley’s Care & Repair Team are happy to help you choose a wheelchair that that is right for you  – without the hard sell!

Pop into the  Centre for Independent Living, Monday to Friday or call the Care & Repair Team on 0151 548 6668.

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: annick@landlife.org.uk

 

Aids and adaptations

aids and adaptationsIf you live in Knowsley and you have a physical or learning disability, sight or hearing loss, frailty or illness you may be eligible for financial help towards the cost of equipment, home adaptations or other essential items to improve your independence, comfort, safety and quality of life at home.

The Knowsley Access Team is the first point of contact for information and advice on aids and home adaptions.

You can also get support on the amount you may have to pay towards any work undertaken through a Disabled Facilities Grant. We have attached some guidance if you live in Knowsley for applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant DFG Advice Leaflet V3 Dec 2011

For more information contact the Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600.

Sibling Support in Knowsley

siblingsHave you heard about the free Siblings Service available in Knowsley?

They provide support and weekly activities for brothers and sisters of children with a disability, complex need or life limiting illness.

The siblings service recognise that brothers and sisters of children with disabilities need some time out and a space for them to share their stories and experiences and most of all focusing on enjoying themselves and having fun.

It’s run by an organisation called PSS and the Siblings Service has a range of activities they run for children aged 4 – 19 years in Knowsley including, cookery sessions, sports, group games, discussions, ourdoor pursuits and fun days out.

The friendly team are always open to suggestions and ideas from their young people too!

If you would like to use this service or find out more, get in touch with PSS Siblings Service on 0151 702 5555 or email: siblings@pss.org.uk

Bradbury Fields Needs You!

bradburyfieldsCan you help Bradbury Fields services for blind and partially sighted people?

They urgently need volunteer drivers to help transport service users from their homes to the daily Active Vision Clubs and then return them home.

The Active Vision Clubs help to break isolation for people who would otherwise be socially isolated. By attending the clubs, blind and visually impaired people have the opportunity to make friends, enjoy various activities, enjoy the benefit of a delicious freshly made lunch and just have something to look forward to.

If you could spare some time and would like to help please contact Maria Schofield on 0151 221 0888 ext 203 or email: mschofield@bradburyfields.org.uk

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