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FREE Accessible and Healthy Cooking Sessions

If you have a disability or long term illness you’ll know how hard it is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and stop the pounds from piling on. Why not join us in 2017 for one of our Healthy Cooking sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our first community session for 2017 starts on Monday 16 January 2017, 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Our accessible and inclusive 4 week programme isn’t  just about ‘learning how to cook’, each week you are tasked and challenged to prepare a meal which helps to develop individual skills, confidence, knowledge and independence around preparing food, healthier eating, cooking on a budget and the importance of food hygiene.

Importantly to us as a group of local people with disabilities, our sessions are designed to be friendly, informal and social – because we know food (and eating it!) is a great way to bring people together.

Family members, carers and support workers are welcome to join in too.

So if you’ve started your new year with a few extra lumps and bumps from all the Christmas excess and want to get involved and learn about some easy changes you can do when preparing meals at home, contact Nancie to book a FREE place on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY DIETARY OR ACCESS REQUIREMENTS BEFOREHAND SO YOU CAN TAKE PART AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice 2017 Meeting Dates

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV ) is an independent, parent led group developed to support local families who care for a child/sibling with a disability. 

It’s their aim as a group is to provide all parents and carers who live in Knowsley with an independent platform to express what really matters to them and their children.

They work in partnership with local disability service providers, raising awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved and the daily issues faced by Knowsley children, parents and their families and carer’s.

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice have published dates for their forthcoming monthly meetings for 2017 and want to encourage parents and carers who live in Knowsley to come along and get involved.

Their first meeting for 2017 takes place at the Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton on Monday January 16, 10 – 12pm. All welcome and refreshments will be provided – along with a warm welcome.

CLICK HERE for the full list of 2017 parent carer meeting dates.

As a parent led group they are passionate about children and young adults in Knowsley, and together they believe they can make a difference  – if you would like to find out more about the group, please contact Ian McBrias at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, on 0151 549 1412 or email: deborahsmithkpcv@gmail.com

Knowsley Chemist Opening Hours during the Christmas Period

Please do check with your local chemist for their opening hours over the 2016 Christmas and New Year period. However the following pharmacies in Knowsley will be open over the festive holiday period:

Sunday 25 December 2016
  • Neil’s Pharmacy, 32 Molyneux Drive, Prescot, L35 5DY (10am-12pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (12-4pm)
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (2-4pm)
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (10am-2pm)
Monday 26 December 2016
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (12-2pm)
Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (12-2pm)
Sunday 1 January 2017
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (9.45am-8.30pm)
  • Asda Pharmacy, Huyton Lane, Huyton, L36 7TX (10.30am-4.30pm)
  • Kingsway Pharmacy, 5 Kingsway Parade, Huyton, L36 2QA (10am-4pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (10am-1pm)
  • Boots, Cable Retail Park Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ (10.30am-4.30pm)
Monday 2 January 2017
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (12-2pm)
Further advice can be found on the Knowsley CCG website www.knowsleyccg.nhs.uk/

Let the Festivities Commence at the CIL

christmas-wreathChristmas is certainly coming to our Really Useful Wednesday Sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Take part in our resident led weekly Wednesday sessions from 10 – 12pm this November & December at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton and get making.

All materials are provided for FREE as well as a very warm welcome!

dolly-pegFrom funky felt tree decorations, Christmas wreaths, mini xmas trees through to dolly peg angels and festive bunting – there’s plenty to do at the centre.

Our sessions are designed to be inclusive, relaxing as well as rewarding and importantly we welcome anyone with a disability, as well as carers.

“I love coming to the Wednesday’s there’s always something I can do, which I never knew I could do”.

“Every week there’s a different activity to do, I’ve made some really lovely things”.

“It’s well worth the journey to me and my mum, plus there’s good company and sound advice and information too”.

Want to find out more? Call or text Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

It’s Time for Plan B Knowsley

time-for-plan-bIf your aged between 18 and 30, live in Knowsley and are Autistic we want to hear from you! 

The Plan B programme is co-ordinated and delivered by dynamic duo, Drew & Paula Thompson who are members of our Knowsley User Led Organisation (a proactive community group of residents with disabilities as well as carers).

The social, communication and activity programme is inclusively for young adults with autism aged between 18 & 30 years who live in Knowsley.

Quite simply, it’s Drew & Paula’s mission is to encourage and support young autistic adults who live in Knowsley to meet like minded people, make new friends and networks as well as discover new ‘alternative’ places to go.

“I’d noticed that there wasn’t any activities or opportunities to meet young people just like me in Knowsley, so we came up with a Plan B.

Once again, we’ve had another busy year of monthly get together’s, plus we’ve been able to respond to our members demand for more frequent activities and opportunities to come together.

plan-b-halloween-2016Our highlights for this year (2016) have included a water sports session at Crosby Marina led by one of our very own Plan B members, Self defence & confidence building sessions and not forgetting our infamous – yet spooktacular Halloween Party at the Old Coach House, Bowring Park, Huyton  – what a team effort that was”.

Plan B also supports it’s members with wider volunteer, community & training opportunities as well as the delivery of community workshops & events.

Need some Plan B in your life? Contact Paula on 07944 340 474 or email: planb@kulo.org.uk

Get Festive at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living

festive-cookery_party-foodCommunity group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation invite you to a series of FREE & festive cookery sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living in December 2016.

Take part in any of our sessions and you’ll learn how to take the guilt out of festive feasting to have a healthier Christmas.

From creating a host of lighter option nibbles, dips and snacks to thrifty recipe ideas for all of that left over -turkey, and not forgetting some tasty alternatives to the traditional Christmas pudding.

Choose any of the following sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY – or take part in all three!

Festive Party Food – Monday 5 December 10 – 12pm

Left Over Turkey Ideas – Monday 12 December 10 – 12pm

Christmas Desserts – Monday 19 December 10 – 12pm

festive-cookery_left-over-turkeySound too good to miss? Ho ho ho…..then join us for our accessible, inclusive and very merry sessions, this December at the centre.

Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book a place, but do get in touch with us if you have any access or dietary requirements.

These sessions are supported by Knowsley’s Community Health Development Team in partnership with the Knowsley User Led Organisation.

festive-cookery_chritsmas-dessertsFor more information about any of our community led activities at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, please contact Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

Keep up to date and in the know about our latest activities go to www.facebook.com/JoinKnowsleyULO/

 

 

Free Afternoon Tea

untitledThe Knowsley Physical Disability Partnership are holding an afternoon tea on Tuesday 22nd November at 2pm at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

If you have any disability issues you’d like to share with local services and organisations, the partnership board invite you to attend the session.

For more information about the Physical Disability Partnership Board please contact Jen Casey on Network Support Officer – Knowsley Engagement Forum & Partnership Support 0151 449 3954

Jen.Casey@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Disabled Facilities Grants – A Knowsley Guide

disabled-facilities-grants-knowsley-talkAs part of our user led group activity for local people with disabilities, November’s Public Information Session is a very Knowsley low down on Disabled Facilities Grants. 

Our monthly community talk takes place at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY on Wednesday 2 November 12.30 – 2pm. All welcome

We will be joined by guest speaker Graham Keeling who is part of the Knowsley Council’s Disabled Facility Grants Team, based at the Centre. His talk will answer a lot of common questions we may have, for example who the grants are  for, what they can be used to improve or adapt, is there an eligibility criteria…..and more.

Our community led information sessions are informal and interactive – designed to enable all audience members to ask lots of questions and obtain answers. But if you don’t feel you are able to ask a question at any of our sessions, please speak to one of our group members and we’d be happy to ask a question on your behalf.

Why are we running Public Information Sessions?

We think it’s vital that local disabled people and carers are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available – there’s a lot of changes to taking place and opportunities available that local people just aren’t aware of.

“Being prepared and clued up on things is a big deal for us – and as they say knowledge is power. But it’s knowing what to do with the information, how to find your way around things, what sort of choices you have and who to go to to ask for help (if you need it). This is why we are running these” MO’S

Our past topics for our monthly information sessions include ‘A lowdown on PIP’, ‘Direct Payments’, ‘Carer Assessments’, ‘Power of Attorney’. We also offer you the opportunity for any suggestions you may have on a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions.

If you have something you’d like us to cover or to explore, please do get in touch with us at the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Make Vee’s Place Your Place in Prescot

vees-place-whats-on-autumn-advertNo matter how old or young you are, there’s something for everyone taking place at Vee’s Place, Prescot.

Whether it’s knitting, sewing, lunch clubs, drama classes or dancing, Vee’s place has a variety of community activities each week for all ages.

Based in Zion Church, 74 Kemble Street, Prescot L34 5SH. Vee’s Place has launched a packed Autumn 2016 community programme of activities and events – and a warm welcome is guaranteed!

Monday’s
10am Coffee morning /12noon Lunch/1pm Socials/6pm Knitting & Crochet

Tuesday’s
10am History/12noon lunch/1pm Sewing, dressmaking/6.30pm Scouts

Wednesday’s
10am Yoga/12noon lunch/1pm Musical socials/6pm Danzaciz  & Performing Arts

Thursday’s
10am groups/12noon lunch/1pm

Friday’s
10am groups/12noon Luncheon Club & social afternoon

Saturday’s
9am Cheeky Monkeys Club (up to 4 year olds) Danzaciz & Perfoming Arts.

*Please note: A small charge is applied to activities listed above (Subs £3 Adults & £1.50 youth)

If you are interested in getting involved with any activities  or would like to start something new, Vee’s Place are always on the look out for even more community activities!

Contact Verity Rhodes, Vee’s Place Centre Manager on 0151 289 3602 (after 11am)

Planning for Later Life Event

planing-for-later-life_-kulo-websiteAgencies who support older people in Knowsley are holding an event providing a range of information for older people and their families.

‘Planning for Later Life’ will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at The Venue (formerly the Huyton Suite). Local older people and their relatives are invited to drop in at any time between 2pm – 7pm.

The event will be a market place of experts covering a wide range of topics relevant to later life planning. The event will include information about:

Making a Will, Power of Attorney, Arrangements for Pets, Housing Options, Extra Care, Equity Release, Home Adaptations, Benefits Advice, Pensions,  End of Life Care, Funeral Planning and much more!

Pat Blair MBE, Chair of Knowsley Older People’s Voice explained, “Many older people prefer not to think about the inevitable issues that they, or their relatives, will need to do deal with in later life. However, addressing them in good time can be better than leaving things until some crisis occurs, when they find themselves dealing with the emotional and financial burden at an already difficult time.

“We believe that older people and their families can be better prepared for the impacts of life-changing events by having greater awareness of these topics, and access to information that can help them plan and make informed choices.

For more information, please contact: David Aspin on 0151 449 3954

Or email: David.Aspin@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

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