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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!

Accessibility of Knowsley Town Centres

Your say customer transport in knowsleyHave your say on the accessibility of Knowsley Town Centres.

It’s something that our board member Jim is passionate about, from accessing shops to getting to and from Town Centres in Knowsley.

It’s over to you to share your frustrations, barriers and even good news.

The survey has been produced by Knowsley’s Physical & Sensory Disabilities Board.

To get your views across please click here to access the online survey.

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.

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

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