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MYA - Choices Knowsley

Choices Knowsley is for young people aged 4-19 who identify themselves as having a disability (including learning difficulties) and live in the Knowsley borough.

We provide:

·         An inclusive, fun, short breaks service for young people with additional needs, aged 4-19 years old.

·         Group work which is needs lead and  empowers young people to be involved in the decision making process.

·         A child-centred, needs led approach to ensuring the needs of the young person are at the core of programmes.

 Through group-work and needs led activities we aim to collectively raise self esteem, build confidence and improve communication skills by providing a safe, welcoming and open-minded approach. This is achieved through a variety of mediums:

·         Sports and Diversity: Fully inclusive and adaptive disability sports sessions with qualified coaches, indoor activities, soft play etc.

·         Arts: Workshops that include music, dance, drama, photography, crafts and creative tactile based activities.

·         Health: Exploring positive physical health, mental health, emotional wellbeing and healthy relationships.

·         Community cohesion: Increasing visibility and awareness in communities of the needs of young disabled people.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Dale Blackburn
Contact Position
Head of Knowsley Services


We are an Ofsted registered provider and as such can support children from 4-8 in a number of our settings. 

Where to go

Merseyside Youth Association
Hanover Street
L1 3DY

MYA - Choices Knowsley has its office base at MYA on Hanover street. However we currently deliever provision in the following venues across Knowsley:

Monday: Kirkby (Star Childrens Centre) ages 11-19- 5.00pm-7.00pm

Wednesday: Halewood (New Hutte Centre for Learning) ages 4-11- 5pm-7pm

Thursday:  Kirkby (Star Childrens Centre) ages 4 -11- 5.00pm-7.00pm

Friday: Huyton (Hilltop Childrens Centre) ages 11- 19- 5.0pm- 7.00pm

Saturday: Whiston (Southmead Children's Centre) ages 4- 11- 10:00 am- 1:00pm

Saturday: Whiston (Southmead Children's Centre)ages 11- 19-1:00pm- 4:00pm

Sunday: Huyton (Hilltop Children's centre) ages 4- 11- 10:00 am- 1:00pm

Sunday: Huyton (Hilltop Children's centre) ages 11- 19-1:00pm- 4:00pm

Sunday: Kirkby (Star Childrens Centre) ages 4- 11- 10:00am- 1:00pm

Sunday: Kirkby (Star Childrens Centre) ages 11- 19- 1:00pm- 4:00pm

*We also run a range of 6 hour school holiday programmes in Halewood, Huyton and Kirkby  throughout 11 weeks of the school holidays.



Time / Date Details

When is it on
Delivery across the borough including , weekends 10:00- 4:00 and 10 weeks of the school holidays
Time of day

Other Details


Please contact provider for cost details.
Offering Tax Free Childcare.


Referral required
Referral Details

Referral can be accessed through the Knowsley Early Help Team on:

0151 443 3159 


Other notes

The Choices Knowsley Projecvt can only be accessed by residents of Knowsley

Local Offer


Through the ‘Choices Knowsley Short Breaks' project, we empower disabled children and young people, providing accessible programmes and school holiday provisions, which put young people at the centre.

This project supports children and young people with a range of complex needs and has staff qualified and experienced to implement a variety of care packages. 

We are aware of the multiple factors that affect a young person’s life and our team will strive to meet the individual needs of the young person, to assure their safety, and enjoyment needs are fulfilled.  

Our Short Breaks offer supports families of disabled children and young through the provision of respite and the opportunity to take a break from their carer responsibilities.

We also deliver a needs led, bespoke and varied offer for our service users which includes but is not limited to:

  • ·         Arts and crafts
  • ·         Drama
  • ·         Adaptive and disability inclusive sports
  • ·         Cooking
  • ·         Travel training
  • ·         Trips and visits
  • ·         Dance

And a great deal more

Through these activities, we aspire to create positive and lasting change in the lives of our service users in the form of: Improved life skills, increased confidence, higher levels of independence and improved social skills. All of our activities are delivered by qualified and experienced staff, that really care about providing outcomes for disabled children and young people. 




Contact Name
Dale Blackburn
Contact Telephone
07841 145 852
Contact Email
MYA Choices Knowsley
Local Offer Age Bands
Young Adults (16 to 25)
Primary (5 to 11)
Secondary (11 to 16)
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