AFG managers check out activity centre

AFG managers, and some of the people AFG supports, have had a sneak preview of Al’s Ark, a new activity and respite centre for residents, their families, and their carers in Prescot.

Al’s Ark, based in the old National Westminster Club in Prescot, is for young adults with learning disabilities or complex needs to enjoy activities together in a safe and stimulating environment. It has undergone a complete refurbishment to become a purpose-built activity centre.

The club is the brainchild of Huyton’s Debbie O’Brien who has teamed up with Director Andrea Evans, both of whom are parents with children affected by learning disabilities and multiple health needs. They are both passionate about providing somewhere where their children are safe, stimulated and can enjoy themselves.

Plans for the new hub include music therapy, cookery sessions, a mini gym, a therapy area, an aromatherapy and sensory room, a learning zone with visiting tutors, and an arts and crafts zone. There are also plans for a registered nurse and learning disabilities nurse to be available on site. The Club has ambitions to encourage some its members to volunteer and to gain employment where possible.

AFG manager Phil Noon said: “Al’s Ark is right on AFG’s doorstep. I thought it would be worthwhile for AFG staff and some of the people we support to go down and see the centre for themselves.

“We were really impressed by the facilities and the warm welcome we received. Potentially, there are many benefits for the people we support at Al’s Ark and we had useful conversations about how we might work together in the future.”

Al’s Ark is part of Knowsley Better Together, a project to help get initiatives off the ground by offering funding to organisations that benefit Knowsley residents.

If you’d like to support Al’s Ark or if you want to find out more about becoming a member, email or join their Facebook group.