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A bridge to mental health and wellbeing

by Gemma Melling

A charity dedicated to helping people with mental and physical health issues develop skills and live independently is inviting people to get involved with their activities across Knowsley.

Knowsley Bridge Social Inclusion and Vocational Service, part of Imagine Independence, runs informal weekly drop in sessions in Huyton, Prescot and Kirkby where anyone can come along and enjoy a cuppa, meet new friends, play a board game or enjoy a game of snooker.

There are also groups aimed at building skills, independence and confidence such as arts and crafts activities, numeracy and literacy, creative writing and photography sessions.

Short term one-to-one support can be offered to people when they start attending activities and there’s also help for anyone wanting to get back into employment or volunteering.

The free sessions are open to Knowsley residents over 18 with a mental health need – you don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis to attend. However, you do need to fill in a referral form and be assessed and registered by the service. To obtain a referral form email Paul Clarke at pclarke@imagineindependence.org.uk

The Knowsley sessions are:

Monday: The Old School House, St John’s Rd, Huyton, L36 0UX

Huyton Drop in: 9.15am-12.00pm; Art Group: 12.45pm-2.30pm; Reader Group: 1pm-2.30pm; Creative Writing/Magazine Group/Photography group: 2.45pm-4.45pm; Men`s Group: 2.30pm-4.30pm

Tuesday: Centre 63, Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby L32 5TH

Kirkby Drop in: 1pm – 4pm.

The Gate, 600 Princess Drive, L14 9NQ

Women’s Group: 11.30am –1 .30pm

Friday: Prescot Parish Church

Prescot Drop In: 1pm-4pm

For more information call 07969 201927, email or visit www.imagineindependence.org.uk.