Local support groups

Knowsley Carers and the Cuts

Knowsley Carers and the cutsOn Wednesday 30 September 10 am- 12pm Knowsley Carers Centre will be hosting a public forum for carers to explore issues and challenges they face.

Knowsley Carers want to hear from you, if you have any issues, questions or concerns  you would like to ask or be raised on your behalf. These questions will be presented to panel of senior Adult Social Care officers at a future event.

In 2014 Knowsley Carers and the Cuts held their very first public forum with representatives from KMBC which gave rise to positive outcomes for local carers and Knowsley Carers Centre, hope to build upon this success.

Knowsley Carers Centre explain that ‘It’s really important that carers attend this meeting to give us a better understanding of the type of issues carers face.’

If you have questions or queries from new care cost increases, transport charges, carers assessments, short breaks for carers……..get in touch.

For more information and to register interest please contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412 before 18 September with your contact details.

Plan B – Being Safe Online

plan-b-logo-strapline-smallerAs part of our volunteer led Plan B Programme for Young People with Autism, our community group The Knowsley User Led Organisation delivered a ‘Being Safe Online’ session to our group.

We covered and discussed topics such as secure passwords, how much personal information you want to share with others, limiting risks, fake accounts, what to do if you feel unsafe, but our key message to our Plan B members was ‘YOU ARE IN CONTROL’.

Getting online is an important part of our Plan B programme and is one of the different ways young people can connect to each other. We’ve created a Plan B Knowsley CONNECT group on Facebook and it’ a safe and accessible place for young people with Autism to meet new people and make friends.

With 91% of 16 – 24 year old’s accessing and using social networking sites as well as learning online across the UK, we know the enormous benefits of the internet, but equally and importantly we all know and understand the risks.

Click on this link to download a useful and comprehensive parents guide to Internet Safety for Learning Disabilities and Autism from National Charity Cereba and remember to ‘B’ safe online!


Get Together with Action for Blind People

Logo_-_Action_for_Blind_PeopleAction for Blind People are excited to hear your ideas and get you involved in planning activities for 18-25 year olds with a visual impairment across the NW in 2015/16.

The Get Together is taking place Tuesday 18 August 2015 and it will be a chance to chat and meet friends old and new, and more importantly, it will give Action for Blind People and you an opportunity to shape your events.

Taking place at 11am – 3.30pm at Manchester Central Fire Station, there will also be a fire safety talk, followed by a tour of the station.

Lunch will also be provided

Places are limited so please book a place by contacting Jan Beale: 0151 702 5716 Mob: 07545 420 872 E: janet.beale@actionforblindpeople.org.uk

Manchester Central Fire Station

Thompson Street, Manchester M5 4FP

(Meet at Victoria train station at 10.30am)

Summer Tea Party with KDC

kdc tea partyKnowsley Disability Concern will be hosting their annual Tea Party on Friday 19 June from 11 am – 3.30pm as part of National Learning Disability Week.

Free tea & coffee will be available, along side cakes stalls, tombola, prize raffle and lots more!

Save the date and head along to The Caudwell Centre, Tarbock Road Huyton L36 0SD – all welcome!

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.

Kirkby Carers

Kirkby CarersMeet up with another fantastic group of local carers in Kirkby who meet every Thursday evening in the R.A.F.A.Club Broad Lane, Kirkby.

Starting at 7.30pm till late, Kirkby Carers is open to both carer and cared for.

It’s another great way to get out and about & meet new people and discover your not alone.

For more information about the group or to find another carers group near you contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412

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

Get involved with Healthwatch

Healthwaych KnowsleyHealthwatch Knowsley works to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services today and in the future.

Any Knowsley resident can get involved in lots of Healthwatch activities ranging from attending focus groups; coffee mornings; participating in consultations and receiving regular updates and information from Healthwatch Knowsley.

An important role of Healthwatch Knowsley is to help the community get the best of  local health and social care services.  Through providing feedback about local services YOU can help to shape the services in your area.

Healthwatch are keen to hear about your experience of using either a health or social care services in Knowsley.

Anyone interested in getting involved you can register with Healthwatch Knowsley by contacting the team on 0151 449 3954 to receive updates and information about the development of Healthwatch Knowsley.

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 Calm with Knowsley Carers Centre

Keep-clamAre you a carer? Fancy spending a bit of time out for YOU?

Did you know Knowsley Carers offer FREE Holistic Therapies; from Indian head massage, facials, aromatherapy and Reiki.

Knowsley Carers Centre offer FREE Holistic therapies to local carers who are registered with the centre.

They also provide a huge range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers throughout Knowsley and holistic therapies is just one of them!

Not registered with Knowsley Carers Centre? It’s easy to do by contacting the team on 0151 549 1412 or you can complete an online self referral form on the Carers website.

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