News archives for 2013

Competition Competition Competition

Knowsley writing competitionEnter for the chance to win Waterstones gift vouchers!

There are three categories for entries:

Children (0-12): an illustrated story or poem on any topic. A template is available in all libraries.

Teenagers (13-17): a cartoon strip on any topic. Again, a template is available for entries.

Adults (18+): the theme is ‘The letter I wish I’d written’. Prose or a poem, which can be illustrated.  Entries should be no more than two sides of A4 paper.


KMBC are giving Waterstones gift vouchers to the authors of the top three entries in each category:

  • 1st prize: £30
  • 2nd prize: £20
  • 3rd prize: £15

The winner of each category will also get a shield trophy to keep and an  overall winner will be announced at a celebration event in March. The winner will receive an extra £50 gift voucher and have their name engraved on the annual competiton winners’ shield.

Hand in your entry in at any Knowsley Library or email to

Download the entry form (Word) for rules and full details.

The competition closes on the 31st January 2014.

Free Smoke Alarms

free smoke alarmsMerseyside Fire and Rescue Service  offer you FREE home checks, FREE fitted smoke alarms and help and advice on fire safety in your home.

If your an older person or have a disability, Home Fire Risk Assessment Teams will come to you –  in your home to discuss and offer advice on the risks of fire in your home. They also work with carers to ensure that they have the relevant knowledge and skills to get themselves and the person they care for out safely in the event of a fire.

Use the freephone number 0800 731 5959 to book a FREE home check or click here to visit Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for more information

Help for Knowsley Young Carers

Knowsley CarersCarers are the main helpers for their parents, grandparents or other people they are close to. That person could be ill or have other problems which mean they need a lot of looking after.

If you are under 18 and help someone in this way, you are a young carer and help if you need it is on hand.

Caring includes helping someone eating, getting washed and dressed or anything that they can’t do without your help. It may also be doing lots of cleaning around the house, doing the shopping or having to pay bills and look after money.

If you care for someone it can make it hard for you to see friends, do schoolwork or things that other families might do together. It might even make you feel sad, angry or lonely. Talking to Knowsley Young Carers can help.

Get in touch with Knowsley’s Young Carers team on 0151 443 5785, 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday or click here to access their brand new website

You can also contact Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600 or email

Directors needed!

Third sectorKnowsley’s groundbreaking Third Sector Consortium Forward Together is seeking nominations for Directors for their first official board.

The consortium is a super provider, the model built around a commitment to helping Knowsley deliver new social value solutions. It was recently recognised at the ACEVO national conference for its good practice development and transparent learning mechanisms.

Becoming a Director of this new consortium, represents an opportunity for you to become a part of an ethical membership organisation that seeks to forge new pathways in partnership work, produce economies of scale in delivery and become a viable competitive business in the new local government and health economies rapidly changing commissioning environment.

Directors are sought from both the current membership (7- 12 places) as well as up to 4 independents.

These roles require a variety of skills as well as a strong commitment to innovative ways of collaboration. In particular both national and local experience, high level finance, tendering /commission delivery experience and social value marketplace intelligence are among the areas of expertise being sought.

If you would like an application pack, please email or call 0151 489 1222.

Please note the deadline for returned applications is 23 January 2014 by 5:00 pm

Knowsley Community and Voluntary Services – Acting  as the facilitating hub for the independent Forward Together Consortium. Working in partnership to develop a thriving social sector in Knowsley

Employment Support for Residents with Disabilities

Knowsley kiteHeard of KITE? Knowsley Inclusion Through Employment.

It’s an innovative partnership of two local organisations, CIC Vocational Support Services &  Nugent Care – Step Up Project who work in partnership with KMBC to support people with disabilities into employment.

Support is on hand on for Knowsley residents with disabilities if you are considering:

– Paid employment (full or part time)

– Self employment

– Developing skills/Work preparation skills

For an informal chat with the team, do get in touch on 0151 443 4818 or by email

Planning for the Future

kdcKnowsley Disability Concern will be hosting a FREE  information seminar on how to take care of someone with a learning disability when you are no longer around – by setting up a trust or making a suitable will.

A local solicitor with experience of drafting wills and trusts for the benefit of people with a learning disability will be present at the Caldwell Centre on 4 December from 10.00 a.m. until 12.00p.m.

This is an ideal opportunity to ask any questions that you may have with regards to your family will. The seminar will be followed by the Direct Payments Peer Support Group meeting to find out more or how KDC can help you call 0151 480 4090.

A Beginner’s Guide..

pasNow this looks like a really useful course to equip YOU or anyone you may know now, or for the future.

A Beginner’s Guide to Employing Personal Assistants. The added bonus is that the course is FREE!

It takes place Tuesday 10th December – 10:30am to 3:30pm at The Joseph Lappin Centre, Old Swan Liverpool.

Who should attend? Disabled people/family carers, or those who are or thinking about employing a PA either now or in the future.

This one-day workshop to help guide you through the process of employing a personal assistant, what to do when they are working for you as well as helping you to understand your responsibilities as an employer and your legal obligations.

If you are interested please email or call 0151 282 8020 to book or find out more.

Be On Your Guard


Please be on your guard against cold callers offering health checks in your home.

An elderly resident was visited by two people carrying what he believed to be NHS identification badges and offering him a health check. He was charged £25.

Please be aware that NHS health checks are available for FREE for Knowsley residents who meet certain criteria.

The checks aim to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.
The checks – which are not conducted in the home – are available to everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors. They will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.

Patients must live in Knowsley and/or have a Knowsley GP. Further information is available on 0800 032 5821.

Get Cosy with Healthwatch

warm with healthwatchHealthwatch Knowsley invite you to get prepared for Winter this Friday 29th November 10.00 – 12pm at St Aloysius Social Club, Crosswood Crescent, Huyton L36 2QE

Knowsley Council’s Energy Efficiency Officer, Energy Advice Volunteer Coordinator at Knowsley CVS, Care & Repair and the Falls Team at 5 Boroughs Partnership will be there  to give you practical advice and information to help you during the cold winter months.

If you would like to attend please contact Lee Ann on 0151 449 3954 or email

Don’t forget Healthwatch Knowsley can help with transport to get you there – just ask!

Sweet Treat with the Carers

Carers sweet treeKnowsley Carer’s Centre are offering residents a chance to take part in their FREE weekly Craft Classes. Every Monday 1pm  –  3pm at The Knowsley Carers Centre, Bewley Drive Kirkby.

Go on, have a go at making one of these tasty sweetie tree’s.

For more info give the friendly team a call on 0151 549 1412


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