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Wheelchair Workshop with Go Kids Go

go kids go_Knowsley flyerGo Kids Go takes place on Saturday 11th July form 9.30am – 3pm. It’s a free Wheelchair Skills workshop for children and young people from 2yrs – 18yrs.

The Wheelchair workshop is a great chance to meet other young wheelchair-users and learn skills to help you become more independent.

Extra wheelchairs will also provided for mums, dads, brothers and sisters to join in with the games as well!

So, get ready and set for Saturday 11th July at Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road Huyton L36 6DG and reserve your place by calling 01482 887163 or email:  karen@go-kids-go.org.uk

Please bring a packed lunch!

Ability Fit

A5 ability-fit-front 6Ability Fit is a FREE 10 week health activity programme for residents with disabilities to attend.

Regardless of your ability, you’ll take part in health & motivational talks, physical exercise as well as weekly weigh-in’s, using fully accessible wheelchair friendly scales.

In addition carers are very, very welcome to attend. We are really pleased as a community group to see this get off the ground it’s something both Jim & Yvonne Jamieson from our group have been championing for many months  –  to ensure everyone can access affordable and inclusive physical activities alongside their carer.

Ability Fit starts Friday 12 June 10 – 12 at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11 Brickfields (just off Ellis Ashton Street) Huyton Business Park L36 6HY.

Please wear comfortable clothes and if you have any access questions – do get in touch with us if you have any access issues on 07715 392 158.

Access to Cinemas

cinema_disabilitiesDid you know that anyone with a disability can obtain a cinema card that allows them to be accompanied by someone to the cinema free of charge? 

Called the CEA Card it’s a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) for UK cinemas.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.

For more information and how to apply click here!

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

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

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!

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.

 

Take part in a FREE Course for young people

summer-2015-one-pagePeople First Merseyside  are running a FREE 8 week course for 18 – 30 year old’s called Road Ahead this summer.

Road Ahead is for young people with learning disabilities delivered by young people with disabilities (peer educators). If you know someone who would like to be involved in this FANTASTIC course read on.

Peer educators share some of their own life experiences, play games and ensure that everyone on the course has a say, gets involved during the course and that we have some fun.

Sessions include:

  • Self esteem and confidence – All about Me
  • Knowing about your community – where I Live
  • Friendships
  • Relationships
  • Keeping safe
  • Keeping healthy
  • Thinking about work / jobs
  • Celebration of our work on the course

When you have completed the training you can also join in the Road Ahead project plus become a trainer yourself.

Places are limited and available to 18 – 30 year olds with a learning disability from across Merseyside (yes that does include Knowsley – because we have checked to make sure!

For more information call People First Merseyside on 0151 707 6751 or email

jeanettem@peoplefirst.uk.com

Employment Support for Residents with Disabilities

employabilityKnowsley Inclusion Through Employment (KITE) works with disabled people who live in Knowsley who are 18+.

Whether it’s finding a job, looking at career options or getting into voluntary work KITE offers specialist and wide ranging personalised support to Knowsley residents with disabilities and mental health issues.

We all know that work and employment can give us all a sense of independence and achievement, having a job helps us learn new skills, meet new people and is great for our self esteem.

KITE is a partnership, made up of lots of organisations such as Nugent Care, Community Integrated Care,  and they work with local Disability Employment Advisors at Job Centre Plus to achieve the best possible outcome for an individual.

To find out more you can get in touch with Renata Davis  from  Community Integrated Care on 0151 709 1950 e:VSC.Manager@c-i-c.co.uk or contact the Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600 knowsley.accessteam@knowsley.gov.uk

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