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Swimming Lessons for Children with Visual Impairments

Free swimming lessonsSt Vincent’s School are delighted to offer free and supported swimming sessions for children with visual impairments (3 – 14yrs).

The swimming sessions will be led by a fully qualified teacher and take place at St Vincent’s School, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby Liverpool L12 9HN.

Dates for swimming sessions are as follows:

10, 17 and 24 June & 1, 8, 15 July from 1 – 3pm. To register your interest please email Office@stvin.com or call 0151 228 9968

Knitting Masterclasses

Knitting sessionsTake part in FREE Knitting Masterclasses taking place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our creative sessions begin on Wednesday 17 February from 10 – 12pm. With another 2 sessions following on Wednesday 24 February and Wednesday 2 March 10 – 12pm.

Not only will you learn some basic stitches, you’ll also get to make either a snood (to keep yourself warm) or a pouf (to put your feet up in style).

We supply the essential tools needed to start and complete your unique items for you or your home, including knitting needles, a choice of colourful yarn, as well as expert guidance, a cup of tea and good company.

‘I’m really pleased that we as a group can offer these sessions for people of all abilities to fully get involved no matter what your disability. We as community of people disbilities want to make sure everyone can get involved, you’ll be amazed at what you can do and acheive’, said Yvonne Owens, who advocates for local people with visual impairments.

Take part and join in!

Get Started With Football

Everton FC Flyer March 2016 2The Prince’s Trust & Everton in the Community are running a free 4 day football programme for 16 – 25yr olds, who are not in training, education or work.

You’ll learn coaching skills from professional coaches at Everton in the Community, gain a first aid and coaching qualification, meet new people and build your confidence, work with others to complete a group challenge and have a stadium tour of Goodison Park!

The Football programme will cost you nothing and  your travel expenses and lunch will be provided every day.

You will then receive three months support from the Princes Trust to help you move into education, training or employment.

This course will run from 14 to 18 March 2016 at Everton FC and the Powerleague, Liverpool

A taster session is being held on 9 March 2016 meeting at Goodison Park.

If you would like  more information and to book a place Contact Darren Hulse:
Phone or text EVERTON to 07947 856 434 or email: darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk

Be Alert for Fraud in Knowsley

Be AlertMerseyside Police & Knowsley Council Trading Standards are aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Older residents have received phone calls from a caller claiming to be from the GP surgery asking for an appointment to discuss mobility needs.

During the appointment, the person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.

If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.

If anyone has been targeted in this manner please contact Sue Kesler, Trading Standards Section 0151 443 4738.

If you wish to report a scam, rip-off or an issue you are having with a company, product or service, you should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service which provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues and, if necessary, will refer your request to the most appropriate Trading Standards Service for investigation.

Please call the helpline on 0345 4040506 (or 020 8185 0710 from mobiles) or complete their online form at http://tinyurl.com/o43ml43

Get Writing and Be a Winner

The Knowsley Writing Competition is open to young people and adults who live, work or study in Knowsley.Get writing

Entrants are asked to write a poem or short story inspired by a piece of music, which is between 100 to 1,000 words.

The winner and runners-up in both categories will receive National Book Tokens gift cards, worth £50 and £30 respectively, and there are gift card prizes for promising and outstanding entries.

First prize winners will also receive an engraved shield and have their names added to the Knowsley Writing Competition Shield which is on display in Kirkby Library. All prize winners will also receive a medal.

The closing date is Friday 19 February and the winner will be announced on World Book Night on Saturday 23 April.

It’s really easy to make an entry online through the council website. Alternatively send it by email to writing@knowsley.gov.uk or forms are available from any Knowsley library.

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice

Knowsley parent carers voiceKnowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV) is an independent, parent-carer led group developed to support local families & carers of children with additional needs in Knowsley.

The group are hosting their first official Coffee & Cake event in February and it’s your chance as a parent to share and raise issues that matter to you most.

KPCV will be working in partnership with local disability service providers in Knowsley to raise awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved as well as sharing the daily issues faced by children, parents , carer’s and families as a whole.

The Coffee & Cake event will take place Thursday 4 February from 12 – 2.30pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton L36 0UX.

KPCV have also launched their official Facebook Page – search for Knowsley Parent Carers Voice, like the page to keep up to date with parent/carer news, views and issues.

https://www.facebook.com/knowsleypcv/timeline

Afasic Parent Support Day

photo (2)Afasic are running a FREE parent information, and self-advocacy training day in March 2016.

Afasic is a national Charity who support parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language.

The workshop is aimed at parents who want to know how to better deal with professionals and improve confidence to have a positive say in decisions affecting their children.

As part of the free training you’ll be equipped with practical tools to help you feel more confident in meetings, ensure that your voice as a parent is heard – ensuring you have a positive say in decisions affecting your child.

It takes place on Thursday 3 March 10am-1.30pm at The Gateway Conference Centre 71 London Road Liverpool L3 8HY.

To book onto this free workshop for parents of children with speech, language and communication difficulties, plus lunch and refreshments contact Tony Curtis on 01223 244984 tonyc@afasicengland.org.uk

ADHD Knowsley Support Group

ADHD Support Group for KnowsleyA brand new ADHD support group has been set up by local parents in Knowsley.

They meet every month at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby.

Local mum Sharon, who has helped to set up the group explained “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is quite a common condition and we just wanted to set something up for local parents to be able to meet other parents who are bringing up a child or caring for an adult with ADHD.

We hope though our group, local parents will be able to offer practical and emotional support to each other as well as exchange information on a regular basis, all based on our own personal experiences as parents“.

The next ADHD Support Group meetings are Thursday 18 February 10.30 – 12.30pm and Thursday 24 March 10.30 – 12.30pm at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby.

For more information about the ADHD Support Group contact Sharon on 07960 717 277.

 

 

 

Warm Homes Knowsley

Warm Homes KnowsleyResidents in Knowsley may be able to benefit from free boiler and heating repairs and in certain cases new boiler and central heating installations. Knowsley Council has allocated funding to help vulnerable residents as part of their campaign to stay warm and healthy over the winter period.

To be eligible for assistance, residents must be aged 60 and over or the parent/guardian of a child under the age of 5 years, or a parent or guardian of a child aged 5-17 years if the child suffers from a long-term health condition and either be in receipt of eligible benefits or on a low income.

The aim of the Warm Homes Scheme is to ensure households in the borough have modern, energy-efficient boilers and central heating systems to keep them warm and healthy, as well as reducing their heating bills.

As well as this scheme, the council and its partners are helping to give practical advice to residents to help them keep warm and healthy as part of their ‘Be Prepared For Winter’ campaign.

Advice includes wearing many thin layers, drinking hot drinks throughout the day, try and move around at least once an hour to warm your body up, set your heating to 21oC in the living room and ensure you are up-to-date with your flu jabs.

To find out more about the scheme, call Knowsley Council’s Energy Officer, Simon Rugen on 0151 443 5817.

Changes to Adult Social Care

national-autism-society_logoThe National Autistic Society, in partnership with Knowsley Carers Centre are running a FREE information day to talk to carers and families of people on the autism spectrum about changes in adult social care.

Government reform of adult social care is focused on the ‘personalisation’ of support, and personal budgets, with the aim of empowering people to choose and control the services they receive.

This will affect all those who receive support, whether you pay for it yourself or if it’s  provided by statutory services.

The information day will cover community care (from the basics of what it is to how it can be accessed) The Care Act, Person-Centred Planning, Support Planning, Personal Budgets, Personal Health Budgets, Direct Payments, and how personalisation can work for you and the person you care for.

The next family information sharing day will be Wednesday 3rd February 10.30 – 1pm at Knowsley Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby

Call 0151 549 1412 and ask for Sarah Bird to book a place.

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