Young People

Autism Support Group in Knowsley

talk_about_autismHave you heard about the Autism Support Group in Knowsley?

Local parents and carers meet on the last Thursday of every month 7.30 – 8.30pm at Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive Kirkby.

The Autism Support Group is a great way to meet other parents, to talk, listen and share experiences.

All welcome!

Adult Social Care Knowsley

Knowsley Disability Concern will be hosting a FREE workshop for Knowsley residents called  ‘Getting Ready for Your Review’.

Over the coming year if you receive Adult Social Care the support you receive from Knowsley Council will be reviewed and KDC  want to make sure you are prepared.

This is an invitation for you, your family or your carers to attend a FREE workshop to help you get the most out of your Review on Wednesday 18 March 2015, 10 – 12pm at Knowsley Carers Centre, 143 Bewley Drive Kirkby, L32 9PE

Many Knowsley residents are concerned that their care and support packages will be reduced because of wider Council  cuts to services and KDC  urge you to come along to the next workshop to make sure you get the best possible outcome from your review.

To book your place call Johanne Ross 0151 480 4090 or email Johanne.ross@kdc.org.uk

Make some time for Plan B Knowsley

plan-b-logo-strapline-smallerPlan B is a brand new inclusive and accessible social activity programme for young adults with autism who live in Knowsley.

Launching in January 2015 the  year-long programme will be supported by members of our Knowsley User Led Organisation which is a community group of residents with disabilities as well as carers.

Plan B’s aim is to encourage and support young autistic adults who live in Knowsley to:

  • meet like minded people and make new friends
  • try out different activities
  • share and exchange experiences
  • discover new ‘alternative’ places to go

Please note: Activities and social experiences will be suitable for adults aged between 18 and 30 years.

Plan B would like to hear from you if:

  • You are an young autistic adult who lives in Knowsley
  • You are a family carer
  • You are a support worker

To enhance & strengthen Plan B’s monthly programme of activity and experiences for young people we are creating an online network for young people to communicate, socialise and share experiences to support each other. You can get social with Plan B on their Facebook Page: PlanBKnowsley and don’t forget to like and share it!

Volunteer with Plan B!

We are seeking the support of local volunteers of all ages who must be friendly, enthusiastic and willing to support young people to take part in a variety of safe, inclusive activities and experiences in different settings.

You will receive:

  • Travel costs
  • Local training and support
  • Opportunities to meet new people and share experiences
  • All volunteers must undertake DBS/CRB checks

Want to find out more? Call Paula Thompson on 07944 340 474, like our Plan B Facebook Page or get in touch with us by filling out our contact form!

Plan B is also

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.

Al’s Club – New Members Welcome

aLS CLUB_NEWJust in case you haven’t heard… Al’s Club is a social, fun and funky activity group for young disabled people in Knowsley.

They meet every Thursday from 6.30 – 8.30pm at the New Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive Huyton L36 6EG.

With a small charge of just £2, parents and carers are welcome too.

Suitable for ages 16 – 30 – all welcome.

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

Get Started Games Design Programme

Games design_KULO websiteThe Prince’s Trust are offering spaces for the Get Started with Games Design programme.

If you are aged 16 – 25 and have a passion for playing games why not look at a career within the gaming industry?

The Get Started programme  with Game Design offers a unique mix of high quality digital technology and soft skills development.

This inclusive programme aims to engage those furthest from the job market and motivate them to take the first step to increase their confidence, skills and employability and overcome barriers.

The five day programme empowers young people of all abilities to work together to design and build their own computer game which they will showcase to a wider audience. The course will also include:

  • Find out how computer games are designed
  • Games testing
  • Work with experts within this dynamic industry
  • Build your own FPS computer game & format artwork, characters and sound
  • Work on the Unreal Engine that created games such as Quake, Crisis, Timesplitters, Battlefield, Far Cry, etc
  • Receive an inspirational talk and presentation from Sony
  • Build on your personal development and CV experiences
  • Three month One to one support for employment and further education opportunities
  • Lunch & travel provided

Pop along to the Taster day  Wednesday 25th June 2014 3 – 5pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street Liverpool L7 7JA

The Course starts 30th June to 4th July 2014 from 10am – 4pm

Contact Darren from The Prince’s Trust on 07947 856 434 Darren.hulse@princes-trust.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

Lessons in Life with KPAC

Lifeskills_KULOWho’s up for a free 5 wk practical and fun course to help you live more independently?

You’ll cover a broad range of topics including how to manage your money, personal safety, travel training, action planning and presentation skills.

It’s suitable for residents with learning disabilities and starts Wednesday 23rd April 1pm – 3pm.

Please do call the friendly KPAC team to find out more 0151 481 0047 www.kpac.org.uk

 

Free Sports Sessions for Disabled Young People

L14 free sports activities If your 14 – 26yrs take part in FREE accessible sports sessions for disabled young people.

Every Friday 5 – 7pm at The Gate Community Centre, Princess Drive Huyton L14 9NQ.

Please do call Merseyside’s Fire Support Network on 0151 296 4351 or email: fsnteam@merseyfire.gov.uk to book your place first.

Check out  some fab piccy’s taken to give you a bit of an idea of what goes on – looks like fun!

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