News archives for 2013

Disabled Facilities Grant

Disabled facilities

A Disabled Facilities Grant is a local council grant to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid if we consider that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.

How to apply
The person applying must be the owner or qualifying tenant of the property to be adapted.  A landlord may apply on behalf of a disabled tenant.
Social services must first carry out an assessment to make sure you are eligible to apply for the grant. Visit the Directgov website for further information about the grant or call the Knowsley Access Team (KAT) for more info 0151 443 2600

Are you eligible?
You can claim if you, or someone living in your property, is disabled and:
– You, or the person on whose behalf you are applying, are either the owner or tenant (including licensees) of the property
– You can certify that you, or the person on whose behalf you are applying, intend to occupy the property as your/their only or main residence throughout the grant period – currently five years.


Just ask TASK!

task_nHave you asked TASK? It’s a trader approved scheme for older and vulnerable members of our community who live in Knowsley.

Leaky tap, loose drainpipe or wobbly worktop….
If you, your neighbour or elderly family member have had problems in the past finding a reliable and reputable trader to carry out odd jobs or work on your home. Well, I bet you didn’t know TASK are here in Knowsley to help.

Providing you with professional, reliable and trusted to put your mind at ease. For more information please contact TASK on 0151 546 6680 or click here

Easy read guide to welfare benefit changes

Here’s a great FREE & easy guide to welfare benefit changes, with tonnes of other accessible and useful downloads too. The guide explains some of the most significant changes and explains what people can expect to happen over the next few years. It was written with the people supported by United Response in mind, but we are keen to make it available to other organisations, support workers and individuals to use if they think it would be helpful.

Click here to download and  find lots of other FREE downloads from United Response

Download for PIP

Now here’s a great download from Disability Rights UK for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)  – Guide to making a claim.
It’s a new easy to use  60 page guide on how to make a claim.

While your there find out more about Disability Rights UK who are a nation wide charity promoting positive change, working to create a society where everyone with experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

What is PIP?
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit for people who need help taking part in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaces disability living allowance for people between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive.

In 2012, there were over 3 million DLA claimants in the UK; the Government estimates 600,000 fewer disabled people will qualify for PIP by 2018.

Yoga is for everyone!

yogaHey now here’s a chilled out invite to take part in friendly non-competitive yoga classes down at the Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens L28 1AB.

Suitable for men & women of all abilities! Priced at £4.50 the brand new classes run every Thursday evening 7.30pm – 8.30pm & Friday mornings 10am -11a, with a view to starting another class on Monday morning’s too.

Why don’t you give it a go? Develop at your own pace in a very friendly supportive environment.

Did you know? Yoga can help to……
IMPROVE – muscle tone, flexibility core strength, posture, focus, well-being
REDUCE – physical and/or emotional stress and tension
FEEL – happier, healthier, calmer, refreshed, re-energised and relaxed.

For further details do call the Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre on 0151 443 5073.

Big changes to waste collections in Knowsley

Waste CollectionIt could be your last chance to  have a say on big changes to the Waste Collection Services in Knowsley – namely moving our weekly collections to every two weeks. A public meeting will be held on Monday 6.30 – 7.30pm 15th July, at Christ the King School, Stockbridge Lane Huyton L36 3SD.

We’ve had a number of KULO members voice their concerns about these changes ranging from eligibly  for a second refuse bin due to high usage, procedures for safe storage and disposing of hygienic waste, as well as lack of access to transport any extra bin waste to one of Knowsley’s Household Waste recycling Centres in Huyton or Kirkby. How will these changes affect you? For better or worse?

Have your say on travel

Knowsley Council has drafted a new travel support policy which will help us to decide who can apply for support from the Council to enable them to travel to education, training or social care services.

The Council currently provides travel support to a number of applicants who qualify for help with travel so they can access our services. This support can include providing financial assistance for an applicant to purchase a bus pass, or arranging for a mini bus, taxi or private hire vehicle to take an applicant directly to a service.

The new travel support policy proposes to change the way that the Council currently provides travel support across our community.

We are using a range of methods to ensure that as many residents and stakeholder groups as possible are aware of the proposed changes and have an opportunity to tell us what they think about them. As a key stakeholder group working with residents of Knowsley we would welcome your views on the proposed changes.

A letter containing further information, and information leaflet about the proposed changed are attached, and you can use this link to tell us your stakeholder views on the proposed changes.

Additionally, if any individuals wish to find out more, or to comment on the proposed changes, information is available at

Keep calm & chill out!

Keep clamAre you a carer? Did you know Knowsley Carers offer FREE Holistic Therapies; from Indian head massage, facials, aromatherapy and Reiki. Fancy spending a bit of time out for YOU?

Book your FREE session at Kirkby 10am – 12pm every Thursday.

Huyton 10.30 – 12pm every Wednesday.

Halewood 10.30 – 1.30pm every first Wednesday of the month. Call Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412.

Making some noise in Knowsley

Older persons VoiceHave you heard Knowsley Older Peoples Voice? Or KOPV for short!

What does KOPV do? We meet with our members throughout the year. Sometimes this can be a single large event to which all of our members in the Borough are invited. On other occasions we switch to smaller events repeated in different parts of the Borough so members can attend their local event. In addition, we regularly convene focus groups to look at a particular topic – with members invited because of their expertise in this area or just an interest in the subject.

Elsewhere on our website are details of Knowsley’s Older Peoples Strategy and the 4 key priorities we are working on. Some of our members sit on the Theme Work Groups for one or other of these themes because it is a subject that they feel strongly about. However, many more of our members prefer just to attend the odd event and enjoy the social activity!

If you are unable to attend member events due to ill health or other commitments, you can use this website to keep you up to date with KOPV activities.

Grants for Prescot Community Groups

Did you know? Prescot Town Council have a small grant available to any community, voluntary, charitable or non-profit making organisations based in Prescot or predominantly serving the Prescot community. You can apply for funding of up to £500 which can be used for a range of projects (both events or equipment) that will make a positive impact in your community. They will not support:
• The purchase of IT equipment
• Football kits or dance clothing
• Refreshments for social events

You can download the grant application here or contact Daniel Wilson – Town Clerk on 0151 443 4796 or email

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