News archives for 2013

Want to lose weight or improve your fitness levels?

measure upJoin Measure Up! It’s a 12 week weight management programme, delivered by our very own Knowsley Community Health Development Team.

You’ll get info on nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyles as well as physical activity sessions. It is open to adults of any age, male or female who are keen to reduce their weight and best of all it’s FREE.

There are several courses running throughout Knowsley during the daytime and evenings. If you would like to take part simply book onto a screening session to measure your weight, height and BMI.

If you would like any more information please contact the Community Health Development Team on: 0800 0731 202

Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning Mental HealthFancy a Coffee with HealthwatchKnowsley?

Join them for a Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning Friday 4th October 10am—12noon at The Old School House, St. Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

Healthwatch Knowsley’s Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings have been really popular and are a great opportunity for people to come along and share their experiences and know that their voices are heard. It provides an opportunity to chat about your experience of Mental Health services in Knowsley in an informal environment. The Coffee Morning is open to anyone, including service users, family members, carers and organisations, so please come along and feel free to bring a friend.

Knowsley launches a search for innovators

Local and international maverick thinkers are being urged to share their ideas on helping women and their families to have a positive experience of pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby.

The competition, thought to be the first of its kind in health and social care, is looking for new approaches to helping families give the best possible start to their children.

It is being supported by the North West Social Value Foundation – an independent think tank- and will be managed by Salford based social enterprise Unlimited Potential using national funding. The competition is being spearheaded by Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist women’s health and maternity care and is backed by local community leaders.

The competition acknowledges that people are experts in their own lives and can often come up with new and radically different ways to tackle problems. It will build on the strengths and social relationships that already exist within local neighbourhoods to enable families to have greater control over their own lives. It is also looking for ideas that can be replicated across the country.

The competition is open to local people including families themselves, as well as people from any walk of life such as artists, technologists, scientists, engineers, students or business people. The competition recognises that people from different backgrounds and with different experiences and skills may be able to offer fresh eyes. It is being advertised on the internet to encourage international ideas alongside local ones.

As well as cash prizes of £1000 for the best ideas, it is an opportunity for anyone with a passion for improving people’s lives to see their idea potentially taken up and implemented.

Three big problems in the NHS in the North West will be tackled in Salford, Knowsley and Wirral. Mike Pyrah, who leads on this work for the Social Value Foundation said ‘We want to hear from local people who understand their communities best and know what will work and what won’t. If you are sat there thinking, why don’t they do such and such, now is the time to tell us.’

Local leaders at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust have already recognised that they need to think differently about how they deliver services.

Gail Naylor, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at the Trust who is helping to lead the work said: ‘We need to be looking at the whole person and the community in which they live and not just maternity care. We want to hear from individuals about the positive aspects of their lives and not just the negatives or problems.  We think our community holds the key to this.’

Anyone who is interested in applying is invited to visit the website for a downloadable application form, or can contact the project manager Heather Henry on Tel 07941790670. The closing date for applications is 26th September 2013 at 5pm.

Love Local Business in Knowsley

Supplier Event with Knowsley Council – Update on Changes to Procurement Procedures

Knowsley Council has recently changed its procurement procedures, which could lead to more opportunities for small and medium businesses to compete for the supply of goods, services and works to the council.

The council would like to update you on these changes and you are invited to attend an information session.

The objective is for delegates to:

  • Learn about the new procurement procedures
  • Speak to members of the council’s procurement team
  • Access business support opportunities

Information sessions have been arranged in both Kirkby and Huyton on the following dates and times:-

Kirkby Leisure Centre on Tuesday 15th October 2013, at 09:00am to 11:00am

Huyton Suite on Wednesday 16th October 2013, at 08:00am to 10:00am

To book your place on either of the sessions, please contact the Business Liaison Team at Knowsley Council – telephone 0151 477 4000 or email the Business Liaison Team.  Please provide your company name, contact details and which session you would like to attend.

PLEASE NOTE: Booking is essential.

This event is available to Knowsley based businesses only!

KULO Coffee Morning

Come aKULO Coffee Morning Leafletnd join us for a coffee and a natter at the Old Schoolhouse, St John’s Road Huyton on Tuesday 17th September 10 – 12pm!

As a new resident-led board it’s our very first event and it’s over to you to help us shape our activities across the borough.

Tell us what’s important to you, or what’s bothering you. From housing, benefit changes, accessibility issues, local transport, employment…we are here to listen and importantly raise your concerns with the right people and get answers. We’ll also have guest speakers on hand to share with you activities, information and support available to you as a Knowsley resident.

If you want to find out a bit more about who we are and what we do, call Nancie on 07501 653984 or email:

A new centre to make life easier

accessible bus for CILCIL is the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living and it’s aim is to make YOUR life easier.

The Knowsley CIL is designed as a one stop shop for all things mobility to help you live more independently. With an accessible showroom displaying a whole range of aids and adaptations to try out such as stair lifts, chairs, beds, mobility, bathing and some much more. CIL’s friendly staff are also on hand to provide impartial advice.

Contact the Centre for Independent Living on 0151 244 4070. No need to book, just call in! Unit 11 Brickfields, Huyton Business Park, Huyton L36 6HY.

Enter & View with Healthwatch Knowsley

enter and viewA FREE training opportunity with our friends Heathwatch Knowsley.

Enter & View. Wednesday 18th September, 10am—4pm, The Old School House, Huyton.and limited places are available only.

What’s it all about?

Enter and View is one of the statutory powers of Healthwatch and allows us to enter services andview whether they are working well or not. Previously, the focus of the Enter & View Team has been Care Homes and Hospitals and these visits have helped us to identify areas of excellent practice as well as to make recommendations where areas for improvement have been identified. We are currently looking for people who are interested in joining the Enter & View team to carry out visits and support this process. If you would like to find out more or book onto the training course, please contact Lee-Ann on 0151 449 3954 or email (places are limited so please book your place asap).* Please note this work will require a Criminal Records check.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Mile

Alzheimers_Society_01Help raise money for Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in a Memory Mile, 8 September 2013 at Aintree Race Course. Starting from 11am
all monies raised by you will provide vital support to people living with dementia and help research to find a cure for the future

The great news is, for every walker who takes part in the Memory Mile, Bupa Care Homes will donate £2.50 to Alzheimer’s Society.

Please note that the event area is NOT wheelchair accessible.

For more details of how you can take part call the Knowsley branch of the Alzheimer’s Society 0151 4264 433 or email

Let’s Check your health and wellbeing

A 5 Borough Partnership Trust initiative helping to improve the health and wellbeing of adults with learning disabilities.

The ‘Let’s Check’ initiative was established in 2012 by the Warrington Community Learning Disability Nursing Team within 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The initiative aims to support adults with a learning disability to access appropriate health checks, appointments and treatment in a meaningful, timely manner.

‘Let’s Check’ is centred around the Health File – a bespoke, patient-owned folder which is tailored to the meet the needs of the individual. The Health File is an easy-to-access, concise and structured way for health professionals to record and check vital information, which the patient takes with them each time they access their local health services.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Sandra Bardsley developed the initiative to address some of the on-going problems they were seeing in patients with a learning disability who were accessing local health services.

“It is a well-known fact that people with learning disabilities have a higher level of health needs than the general population,” says Sandra.

“In addition, we have found that the information health professionals require to support their diagnoses and treatment plans was not always readily available when they were seeing a patient who has a learning disability.”

“In response, we developed the Health File to ensure the information GPs require to support their diagnosis is accessible and up-to-date. The file not only helps to promote effective communication, it also minimises the risk of further, unnecessary appointments, ultimately helping to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of adults with a learning disability.”

For more information about the ‘Let’s Check’ initiative, email the team at

Home Services Assistants Needed!

Age UK Knowsley & West Mersey is looking for reliable and committed staff in Knowsley, Liverpool and Sefton to provide domestic and social support services for older people.

Since 1999 we have provided a number of support services for older people within their own homes, at a time when they need it most. The main duties will be domestic chores. But we give older people, their families and carers the reassurance of keeping a friendly eye on their health and wellbeing.

Do you have the care and commitment to provide practical and social help for older people?

For more information contact Janet Macaulay about Home Services Assistants on 0151 449 3537 or email

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