Project: Choices Knowsley

Who are we?

Choices Knowlsey empowers young people by providing accessible but challenging programmes and residential holidays which put disabled young people at the centre.

What do we do?

We offer a needs led programme including:

  • Team building: Through group-work and personal development activities we aim to raise self esteem and build confidence, improve communication skills, build trust and celebrate achievements.
  • Sports and Diversity: Through the delivery of sports and physical activity sessions at a variety of venues, we aim to improve fitness and an interest in sport using football, basketball, tag, soft play, cricket, fitness games, quick cricket and dodge ball
  • Arts: Through accessible workshops we aim to improve young people’s access and interest in arts and culture using dance, drama, visual arts, photography and music
  • Health: Through various health programmes we address physical health, emotional wellbeing and explore risk taking behaviours. This includes sexual health and relationship,drug and alcohol, stress and relaxation, healthy lifestyle and eating
  • Community Cohesion: Through needs lead issue based workshops, we aim to address a wide range of community topics including anti racist work, anti bullying workshops/cyber bullying, anti homophobic work and intergenerational workshops
What are the project aims?
  • To provide an inclusive, fun, short breaks service for disabled children and young people aged 7-19yrs.
  • To provide group work which is needs led by disabled children and young people, empowering them to be involved in the decision making process
  • To use a child centred approach ensuring that the needs of children and young people are at the core of the programme
Who is it for?

Young people aged 7-19 who identify themselves as having a disability and live in Knowsley.

What is the impact?
  • Improved social skills leading to the development of peer friendship groups
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved physical health and emotional well-being
  • Improved knowledge about issues that affect their lives
  • Improved family relationships increased independence
  • Decrease need for crisis intervention
Where and when does it take place?

Monday: Kirkby (Copethorne Centre)  5:30 – 7:30pm (for 13-19 yr olds)

Wednesday: Halewood (Centre for Learning) 5:30 – 7:30pm (for 7-12 yr olds)

Friday: Huyton (The Youthy)  4.45 – 6.45 pm ( for 13-19 yr olds)

 

 

Please note, although correct at time of writing, venues and times may vary. Please contact MYA to confirm.

For further information please contact:

Merseyside Youth Association Limited, 65-67 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY

Telephone: 0151 702 0700 | Fax: 0151 702 0701

Email: admin@mya.org.uk | Website: www.mya.org.uk

What do people say about us?

Parents:

“Brilliant staff, Brilliant idea, Need more”.

“Daniel attended the summer scheme and thoroughly enjoyed it, staff were exceptional with the children and nothing was too much trouble. Staff were happy to help whichever way they could. Daniel is now attending the Friday night club. As a result, Thanks”.

“I would like to thank you for all you have done for the kids over the summer and giving your time to do this. The kids that have done this have gained a lot from your support which has given them confidence, also sense of achievement by learning different skills which is important in their life. They have also made new friends and good communication skills to go along with enjoyment and making them more aware of different things to make them safer and happy and not getting in any trouble outside”.

Who funds the project?

Knowsley MBC