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New activity and respite centre opens for local young adults with disabilities

by Laura Johnston

Al’s Arc is a brand new activity and respite centre which is benefiting local residents, their families, and their carers.

The centre was set up by Debbie O’Brien from Huyton who already runs Al’s Club, a place for young adults with learning disabilities or complex needs to enjoy activities together in a safe and stimulating environment. The club has a base at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, and at Mosscroft Community Centre during school and college holidays.

Now, Al’s Activity and Respite Centre (Arc) has now opened its doors at the former Natwest Bank building in Prescot.

Young adults aged 18 or over with disabilities can enjoy music therapy, cookery sessions, a mini gym, a therapy area, an aromatherapy room, a sensory room, a learning zone with visiting tutors, and an arts and crafts zone. There is also an onsite learning disability nurse ensuring top rate care.

As well as care in the daytime, community groups are able to use the space in the evenings.

Al’s Arc has received generous donations and support to allow the club to open their new hub and make it a success. The club is also part of Knowsley Better Together which supports initiatives which benefit Knowsley residents to get off the ground by offering funding. Knowsley Council has provided funding for rent and sensory equipment as part of the project.

If you’d like to support Al’s Club in their new venture or if you want to find out more about becoming a member, email alsclub@hotmail.co.uk or join their Facebook group.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “I’m delighted that Al’s Club has opened its doors in Prescot, providing much-needed services here in the borough. The services they are offering will really benefit young adults in Knowsley, helping them to develop their skills, confidence and independent living. This is a great example of Knowsley Better Together in action – seeing people and organisations coming together for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents. I wish them well and look forward to visiting.”