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Personal Independence Payment Information Session

Guide to PIP_2016A Useful Guide to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is the hop topic for our August Information Session.

Members for our disability community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of public information sessions in 2016 on topics and issues we as local people with disabilities would like to know more in depth & in detail about.

Our next information session, covering Personal Independent Payments  takes place on Wednesday 3 August, 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, L36 6HY.

It’s important to our group, that local people with disabilities living in Knowsley are equipped with clear information and facts about Personal Independence Payments, not only to help themselves live happy & healthy lives but also any information that learned on the day can be shared with other people in Knowsley.

We think it’s vital that disabled people are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available – there’s a lot of changes taking place that local people just aren’t aware of let alone prepared for.

From PIP, Direct Payments, Personal Health Budgets, Carers Assessments, Power of Attorney….if  you have a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions or how you can get involved with the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Jim on 07712 889 302 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Don’t forget we’ll also be hosting a Direct Payments Information session on Wednesday 6 July 12.30 – 2pm, at the Knowsley Independent Living Centre, in partnership with local charity Knowsley Disability Concern.

Further information about Personal Independence Payments can be found by clicking the following website links:

www.gov.uk

www.disabilityrightsuk.org

www.nhs.uk

www.motability.co.uk

A New Disability Access Guide for Knowsley

Disabled go_KULODisabledGo is a free accessibility checking website where you can find information for places to go across the UK and Republic of Ireland including hotels, restaurants, shops, cinemas, libraries and more. Most importantly, every single venue on our website has been visited in person by one of our highly trained DisabledGo surveyors.

Knowsley Council and Disabled Go will be holding consultation events for disabled people, older people, carers and disability organisations to seek your views on the new access guide coming to Knowsley.

The DisabledGo project provides in-depth online access information for 700 venues across Knowsley including shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, libraries, parks, and many more which will be available as an on online guide.

The access guide helps increase independence and choice for Disabled people. By providing detailed information on the access features of venues and public spaces Disabled people can make an informed judgment about the suitability of access.

Disabled Go need Disabled people to help identify a range of places and spaces across Knowsley to include in the access guide.

They are holding three consultations for disabled people, parents of disabled children, older people and carers giving them a perfect opportunity to contribute to the project.

If you are interested in work experience opportunities, please stay behind to have a chat with the DisabledGo staff member or click this Work Experience Specification document. The work experience opportunity will involve helping a DisabledGo surveyor collect the factual information publish on the DisalbedGo website.

More information will be given on the day with a short presentation.

When and where?

Wednesday 29th June 10:30am – 12:30pm  

The big hall at the Old Schoolhouse, St. Johns Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 0UX

Wednesday 29th June 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, L32 8SA

Thursday 30th June 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Halewood Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TE

Direct Payments Public Information Session

Direct Payments_2016 v3Every month the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of public information sessions on topics and issues we’d like to know more in depth & in detail about.

We’ll be kick starting with a Direct Payments talk on Wednesday 6 July from 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, L36 6H and everyone who’d like to know more about Direct Payments are welcome to attend.

Our mission is to ensure people with disabilities as well as carers who live in Knowsley are informed and up to date on topics and issues which effect us all.

It’s important to our group,  that local people are equipped with clear information and facts, to not only help themselves live happy & healthy lives but also any information can be shared with others.

In August 2016, we’ll be covering Personal Independent Payments (PIP) which has replaces Disability Living Allowance. PIP is topic which concerns and has directly affected many of us of lately.

It’s vital that people are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available, there’s a lot of changes taking place that local people just aren’t aware of  let alone prepared for.

For more information about our series of talks and sessions or how you can get involved call Jim on 07712 889 302 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

 

What’s Cooking at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living?

Cookery sessions_KULOEvery Monday from 10 – 12pm  at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living our community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation host FREE healthy cookery sessions.

Places are available on the next group starting Monday 20 June 10 – 12pm. Whether your fed up of cooking the same old thing, or you need a few practical tips on cooking a bit more healthier – our cookery sessions are for you.

Not only will you prepare and cook a couple of meals from scratch each week, you’ll also work alongside Clare, who is on hand to give practical and professional advice and top tips on health swaps and lower in fat alternatives.

Booking is essential and do let us know if you have any access requirements. Call Jim 07712 889 302 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

Free Epilepsy Awareness Sessions

Free epilepsy training KnowsleyBluebell Park School in Kirkby will be hosting Epilepsy Awareness Sessions in partnership with Knowsley’s Community Nursing Team as part of National Epilepsy Week.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures.

Epilepsy is estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the UK. This means that almost one in every 100 people has the condition.

The informative sessions take place on 16 – 21 May 3.30 – 5pm at Bluebell Park School, Cawthorne Walk, Southdene, Kirkby L32 3XP.

To book a FREE place call Lynsey O’Brien 443 2530. The sessions are suitable for parents/carers and professionals.

Swimming Lessons for Children with Visual Impairments

Free swimming lessonsSt Vincent’s School are delighted to offer free and supported swimming sessions for children with visual impairments (3 – 14yrs).

The swimming sessions will be led by a fully qualified teacher and take place at St Vincent’s School, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby Liverpool L12 9HN.

Dates for swimming sessions are as follows:

10, 17 and 24 June & 1, 8, 15 July from 1 – 3pm. To register your interest please email Office@stvin.com or call 0151 228 9968

Knitting Masterclasses

Knitting sessionsTake part in FREE Knitting Masterclasses taking place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our creative sessions begin on Wednesday 17 February from 10 – 12pm. With another 2 sessions following on Wednesday 24 February and Wednesday 2 March 10 – 12pm.

Not only will you learn some basic stitches, you’ll also get to make either a snood (to keep yourself warm) or a pouf (to put your feet up in style).

We supply the essential tools needed to start and complete your unique items for you or your home, including knitting needles, a choice of colourful yarn, as well as expert guidance, a cup of tea and good company.

‘I’m really pleased that we as a group can offer these sessions for people of all abilities to fully get involved no matter what your disability. We as community of people disbilities want to make sure everyone can get involved, you’ll be amazed at what you can do and acheive’, said Yvonne Owens, who advocates for local people with visual impairments.

Take part and join in!

Get Started With Football

Everton FC Flyer March 2016 2The Prince’s Trust & Everton in the Community are running a free 4 day football programme for 16 – 25yr olds, who are not in training, education or work.

You’ll learn coaching skills from professional coaches at Everton in the Community, gain a first aid and coaching qualification, meet new people and build your confidence, work with others to complete a group challenge and have a stadium tour of Goodison Park!

The Football programme will cost you nothing and  your travel expenses and lunch will be provided every day.

You will then receive three months support from the Princes Trust to help you move into education, training or employment.

This course will run from 14 to 18 March 2016 at Everton FC and the Powerleague, Liverpool

A taster session is being held on 9 March 2016 meeting at Goodison Park.

If you would like  more information and to book a place Contact Darren Hulse:
Phone or text EVERTON to 07947 856 434 or email: darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk

Get Writing and Be a Winner

The Knowsley Writing Competition is open to young people and adults who live, work or study in Knowsley.Get writing

Entrants are asked to write a poem or short story inspired by a piece of music, which is between 100 to 1,000 words.

The winner and runners-up in both categories will receive National Book Tokens gift cards, worth £50 and £30 respectively, and there are gift card prizes for promising and outstanding entries.

First prize winners will also receive an engraved shield and have their names added to the Knowsley Writing Competition Shield which is on display in Kirkby Library. All prize winners will also receive a medal.

The closing date is Friday 19 February and the winner will be announced on World Book Night on Saturday 23 April.

It’s really easy to make an entry online through the council website. Alternatively send it by email to writing@knowsley.gov.uk or forms are available from any Knowsley library.

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice

Knowsley parent carers voiceKnowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV) is an independent, parent-carer led group developed to support local families & carers of children with additional needs in Knowsley.

The group are hosting their first official Coffee & Cake event in February and it’s your chance as a parent to share and raise issues that matter to you most.

KPCV will be working in partnership with local disability service providers in Knowsley to raise awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved as well as sharing the daily issues faced by children, parents , carer’s and families as a whole.

The Coffee & Cake event will take place Thursday 4 February from 12 – 2.30pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton L36 0UX.

KPCV have also launched their official Facebook Page – search for Knowsley Parent Carers Voice, like the page to keep up to date with parent/carer news, views and issues.

https://www.facebook.com/knowsleypcv/timeline