Local support groups

Sew far Sew Good

KULO SEWING POSTER_2016Looking to learn something new in 2016, sew why not join us every Wednesday from 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living for some creative sewing workshops.

The Knowsley User Led Organsation (KULO) will be running a series of FREE sewing sessions every week in 2016.

Jim Jamieson, KULO chairperson said “Our sessions are back due to public demand! It’ll be a good start to the new year, a great way to meet new people and you’ll also discover the range of support and services available at the Centre for Independent Living”.

No matter what your ability, help is on hand – only 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 lot’s more!

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

Access in Knowsley

Access at the CILIt mightn’t look much, but this raised kerb (white arrow) means that a wheelchair user can get in and out of a taxi or car safely and easier at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Thanks to our board member Jim Jamieson for raising this access issue, which resulted in a car/taxi drop off zone, with accompanying raised kerb to enable wheelchair users to get out of taxis/cars more independently, with dignity and importantly, safely.

We are a realistic & we know these are few & far between but we need more public places/buildings to follow suit and just see things from a different perspective.

If you have an accessibility issue – get in touch with us!

Knowsley Carers Coffee Morning with Healthwatch

Carers Coffee Morning KnowsleyHealthwatch Knowsley are hosting a Carers Drop-In Coffee Morning on Tuesday 1 December & Thursday 7 January 10.30 – 12pm at the Old School House, St Johns Road Huyton.

The coffee morning is for Carers to meet with Healthwatch Knowsley & Knowsley Council to discuss and share issues & concerns faced by Carers.

This is another opportunity for our Carers across Knowsley to have your voice heard and share your experiences.

For more info contact Healthwatch Knowsley 0151 449 3954 or email:

lee-ann.danton@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk and transport is available to get you there and back – just ask!

Basic Book Keeping

KULO book keepingThe Knowsley User Led Organisation are 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.

Our next community know how course is Basic Book Keeping on Friday 4 December  12 – 3pm.

This session is perfect for community members who want to keep financial records and accounts for a community group they run.

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:

Christmas Party for Children with Additional Needs in Knowsley

Sunrise christmas partyLocal Parent and carers support group Sunrise will be hosting this year’s Family Christmas party, funded by Knowsley’s Short Breaks.

The fun, festive and inclusive activities take place on Sunday 13 December 2015, at the Venue (formerly Huyton Suites).

Tickets are £10 per family.

With two sessions to choose from (1 – 3pm or 5 – 7pm) parents and carers of children with additional needs in Knowsley are urged to book a place as soon as possible.

The closing date for Christmas Party applications is 2 November 2015.

Chistmas party Booking formFamilies will be entertained by Ditsy Doodles, with a Disco, Games, Prizes, Balloons, Candy Cart, Face painting, a Quiet Area and not forgetting a visit form you know who, plus a gift!

All the activities are suitable for children with additional needs up to the age of 19yrs.

For more details contact Leanne ASAP on:07445 256 741 or email: sunrisechristmasparty@gmail.com

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

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

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 www.knowsleyinfo.co.uk  and if you know of any more useful sites, please get in touch with us!

Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings

Mental Health_KULODid you know Healthwatch Knowsley host Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings in Kirkby & Huyton?

They are an opportunity for local people to share experiences (good and bad) of Mental Health services in Knowsley

Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings are open to anyone, including service users, family members and carers.

Upcoming dates are as follows: 

Friday 2 October, 10—12noon, at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby L32 6QG
Friday 6 November, 10—12noon at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton L36 0UX
Friday 4 December, 10 –12noon at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby L32 6QG
Friday 15 January 2016, 10—12noon at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton L36 0UX

Please note: venues for the coffee mornings will be alternated between Huyton and Kirkby, and transport is always available on request – just ask!

If you would like more information, please contact Lee-Ann at Healthwatch Knowsley on 0151 449 3954 or e: leeann.danton@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

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.  

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