News archives for 2013

FREE PIP tips for family carers!

Are you a family carer of an adult with a learning disability who is aged 16 or over? Do you want to know more about applying for Personal Independence Payment, which is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

These free sessions will give family carers the confidence and information they need to support their relative with their application for Personal Independence Payment. Tuesday 10th September 2013 at the World Museum William Brown Street Liverpool L3 8EN.

Session 1: 10.30am to 12.30pm & Session 2: 1.30pm to 3.30pm (each session is the same, please choose a time to suit you best)

Come along for practical tips and information about:
– preparing for the PIP application
– filling in forms
– how the DWP assesses and scores people
– preparing for the face to face assessment
– the new appeals process and more…

If you would like to attend, please contact Julia Erskine at Merseyside Partners in Policymaking on 0151 287 7977. This session is being run in partnership with the Family Carer Support Service (FCSS). For more information about the FCSS and its work, go to: or call 0117 906 1751

Walking in water

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Can you support Stephen? He’s one of our Knowsley User Led Organsiation’s newest committee board members, please read on.

My name is Stephen Black and I live in Halewood, Liverpool. Here is my story.

I hope it inspires you to sponsor me, to help the “Tuesday group” as well as increase the self-belief that you yourselves can do anything you set your mind to. I am living proof of that.On the 8th of April 2008 I endured a sixty foot fall from a rooftop, leaving me in a coma and on a life support machine.

The doctors gave me no chance of awakening from my coma or surviving without the life support machine.  They told my family that it would be a ‘miracle’ if I made it through but even if I did I would not remember anyone. Well I proved them wrong.

After four long weeks I regained consciousness, the hard work then began to start. I was forced to learn everything which you would normally take for granted from scratch again including eating, washing, dressing, talking but I am still in a wheelchair.

I try to do everything for myself but it is difficult, as life always is. I have regained some of my independence. I am becoming more confident day by day and I am still progressing with my mobility.

I feel that my disability hinders me as the way I sound sometimes prevents people taking me more seriously. Apart from that I feel that I am overcoming the negative points of my disability and I am helped with this by my brilliant support worker (Lee), devoted family and caring friends.

My aim is to complete a sponsored walk in the swimming pool to help raise funds for the ‘Tuesday Group’ which is a group run by volunteers to help disabled people socialise and feel better about themselves which I attend.

I am going to walk 5K (300 widths) on the 1st of October in the swimming pool with the aid of the water buoyancy to help raise money for the ‘Tuesday Group’ to continue their excellent work and become even bigger and better as there are a lot of disabled people who are still unaware of this group.

I intended to find a worthy cause to raise money for and in the ‘Tuesday Group’ I feel that they are devoted to help disabled people’s lives change for the better. The club is run totally by voluntary workers and it is funded by generous local individuals. The people who devote their time and effort are friendly people and everyone there has a smile on their face.

Finally after searching, I have found my worthy cause. So please ALL come and show your support on Tuesday 1st October 2013 starting from 9.30am onwards at: The Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood, Merseyside L26 0TY or call 0151 443 2124

Affordable wheelchair hire in Knowsley

care and repair wheelchair hireNeed to hire a wheelchair? Perhaps you or a family member is off on holiday? Or want try before you buy? Knowsley’s Care & Repair team can help!

They have a variety of wheelchairs that can be hired for a small fortnightly rate of £15 (plus returnable deposit) on either a short or long term basis and if you decide you want to buy a chair they have a great range of high in quality self-propel or assisted chairs in standard or light-weight models  – approved by Knowsley Wheelchair Service.

Based in the Centre for Independent Living, Ellis Ashton Street,  Huyton. Knowsley’s Care & Repair Team are happy to help you choose a wheelchair that that is right for you  – without the hard sell!

Open Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm  or call the Care & Repair Team on 0151 548 6668.

FREE volunteer training

163160_177765882260517_156026731101099_345163_4171649_nAre you a volunteer for a local organisation or community group? Or maybe you’re you looking to volunteer? If so take part in a FREE, fun and interactive one day workshop to enhance or develop your much needed and valuable skills as a volunteer. You’ll cover communication skills, health and safety, time management…..interested?
Get in touch here or E: or call us on 07501 653984
Please note if your an organisation  in Knowsley and have volunteers who you think would benefit, get in touch also! Venue and start date to be confirmed.


Be on the look out for Healthwatch Knowsley

hw-knowsley-logoYour local Healthwatch Knowsley want tohelp you get the best out of local health and social care services; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in the futur

What do we do?

  • We provide people with information, advice and support about local health and social care services
  • We gather the views and experiences of local people on the way services are delivered and have the power to enter and view adult health and social care services to get a feel for how they are delivering
  • We influence the way services are designed and delivered based on evidence from those who use services
  • We influence how services are set up and commissioned by having a seat on the local Health and Wellbeing Board

Want to get involved?

Call the Healthwatch Knowsley 0151 449 3954 or email:

The Chest is Open!

community chestKnowsley’s Community Chest fund is now open to groups, organisations and communities  across Knowsley. You can apply for upto £500.

It is targeted at supporting projects that benefit Knowsley residents. Any community, voluntary, charitable or non-profit making organisation based in Knowsley or predominantly serving the Knowsley community can apply for a grant.

Organisations must:

  • Be properly constituted
  • Have a bank account with at least two signatories
  • Not have political affiliations
  • Follow an open access policy towards membership, use of their facilities and participation in activities

Click here for guidance and how to get hold of an application form. Go for it!

Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Service (KPAIS)

KAPISKPAIS provides independent advocacy and support to help older people across Knowsley.

Have you got an issue, concern or question that affects your day to day life and you’re not sure where to go to get the answers? Speak to KPAIS they have a wealth of information and advice could be just what you need.

With 12 years expertise & delivery with older people and other organisations across the borough. KPAIS  are ‘in the know’ and have built up an impressive network of contacts and partnerships. They don’t guarantee they have all the answers but they do have the resources and friendly staff on hand to help you find them. From advocacy, befriending, a trader approved scheme (TASK), volunteering opportunities and so much more, pop in or call the team on 0151 449 3706.

KPAIS believes that knowledge is power – older people are empowered to take control of their own lives when they have what they need to make informed decisions. KPAIS  aim to ensure that YOU are receiving the best possible advice and information and lend a helping hand to find out where that can be found.

Money worries?

feeling the squeeze_photoKnowsley Older People’s Voice have published a list of agencies and organisations who can help you through your worries and provide FREE practical steps and advice.

If you are worried about money or debt there are some simple actions you can follow to prevent things getting worse, and importantly a wide range of agencies locally and nationally who can help you.

  • Citizens Advice Bureau – 0845 122 1300
  • Huyton Advice Centre – 0151 489 7313
  • Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Centre0151 449 3706
  • Age UK Knowsley – 0151 480 4632
  • Kirkby Unemployed Centre – 0151 548 0001
  • Prescot and Whiston Advice Centre – 0151 443 4639

Carers Voucher Scheme

Carers Voucher Scheme KnowsleySo if you need to visit your G.P, have a hospital appointment or you just need to get your hair done, without having to worry about leaving the person you care for at home. Then this FREE scheme is for you!

The Carers Voucher’s  offer a domiciliary sitting service for the person you care for. Vouchers are FREE and can be collected or sent out to you from your Knowsley Carers Centre.

Please do contact Joanne Simm at Knowsley Carer’s Centre on 0151 549 1412 for further details. Don’t forget you need to register or be registed with Knowsley Carers Centre to receive vouchers.


Carers Support Groups in Knowsley

Knowsley Carers Centre host lots of Carers support groups across the borough – they are a great way for carers to meet other carers, have a chat and unwind. Support groups are a great way to share experiences, de-stress as well as find out lots of information – occasionally they have guest speakers and are always open to your suggestions !

Huyton, Prescot and Whiston Carers Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month 14.00 – 16.00 at Knowsley Workshop, Longview Drive, Huyton, L36.

Halewood, Cronton Carers Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday in the month 10.30 – 12.00 at St Mary’s Centre, Hillingden Avenue, Halewood, L26

Kirkby, Stockbridge Village Carers Group
Meets weekly Fridays 10.30 – 12.00 at Knowsley Carers Centre, 143a Bewley Drive, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9PE.

Together Mental Health Carers Group
Meets the 2nd Thursday in the month at 13.30, Knowsley Carers Centre 143a Bewley Drive, Southdene, Kirkby, L32 9PE.

Together Mental Health Carers Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 13.30 at Capper Grove, Huyton.

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