News archives for 2014

RNIB Letter From Santa

SantaFlyerDo you know a blind or partially sighted child who would like to write to Santa and receive a letter back in their preferred reading format?

RNIB is once again helping out with these requests.

You can send letters to Santa to the following address:

Santa Claus, RNIB, PO Box 173, Peterborough, PE2 6WS.

Letters must be received by Monday 1 December 2014. Please ensure the following information is included:

• Your name and delivery address
• A contact telephone number (in case one of our elves
has a query)
• Whether you would like your reply in English or Welsh
• What format you require.

Choose from: uncontracted braille
(grade 1), contracted braille (grade 2), large print (please
specify the font size) or audio CD (please note we can only
supply one alternative format copy).

Alternatively, you can send your letter by email and receive an
email reply. Contact Santa at

Email letter requests must be received by Friday 19 December 2014

Positive About Dyslexia Training in Knowsley

be positivePositive About Dyslexia Liverpool & Huyton Parish Family Project are pleased to offer a FREE training course for parents and children across Knowsley.

Families Learning Together workshops are an enjoyable way to help improve literacy and study skills for children in years 5 6 7 & 8.

It will also help parents better understand the learning needs of their children.

Take part in 4 half day workshops at St Michaels Church Hall, Bluebell Lane, Huyton L36 7SA.

Want to know more or register your interest for up and coming workshops in 2015?

Call Angela McCormick on 0151 482 6042 or email

Free Web Design Course for Young People

The Prince’s Trust is offering free spaces for the Get Started with Web Design.

If you are looking or thinking about getting into area of this work then this course will provide you with the essential basic knowledge to progress into this high growth sector of Web development. No prior knowledge of web design is required for this course and the programme will develop your existing IT knowledge by covering the principles of Web design, including design theory, tools and technologies!

If you are aged 16 – 25 and have a passion to gain the skills you need to break into this industry? Then come to our taster day to see how this course would greatly benefit you.

The programme offers a unique mix of high quality digital technology and soft skills development. The programme aims to engage those furthest from the job market and motivate them to take the first step to increase their confidence, skills and employability and overcome barriers.

The five day programme empowers young people to work individually and together to design and build their own Website and maintain it for professional and personal use, which they will showcase to a wider audience. The course will also include:

  • Travel expenses and lunch provided
  • Work with experts in this dynamic industry
  • Look at Career paths and job roles within this sector
  • Be responsible for implementing and maintaining an effective Website that offers end to end support that meet advertising, entrepreneurial and business objectives
  • Build on your personal development and CV experiences, then receive three months of one to one support for employment and further education opportunities

Taster Day: Wednesday 26 November 2014 3 – 5pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street, Liverpool L7 7JA

Course Runs: 1- 5December 2014 each day will run from 10am – 4pm

For more info or to book your place contact or 07947 856 434

FREE Mentoring Course

mentoring courseFantastic to hear news of a free mentoring course taking place and it’s exclusively for Knowsley residents aged 19+.

It’s brought to you by CIC Innovate Volunteering and it’s Level 2 accredited.

Taking place at The Info Zone, Manor Farm Road in Huyton, start date is Monday 17th November 7 – 8.30pm and we’re told it’s a great course for developing people skills and confidence.

To book your place or find out more email: 

Innovate Volunteering also tell us that if you can’t make these sessions in Huyton and you know a group of residents that would like to take part – they could deliver the course closer to you!

Funding for Knowsley Community Groups

community fundingWe know our communities in Knowsley come up with the brightest ideas and solutions to make a big difference in their own neighbourhoods.  So make sure you don’t miss this!

It’s news of a brand new fund to boost health in Knowsley.

Hosted by Knowsley CVS  you’ll find out about a new grant which will be opened on 1 December 2014 commissioned by Knowsley’s Public Health Team.

If you are a community, resident or volunteer  group  interested to hear more call Knowsley CVS 0151 489 1222 or you can book a place on an info session below:

19th November –  9.30 am t0 12.30 pm – The Old School House, Huyton – or book here

Don’t worry if you can’t make the session, give Knowsley CVS a call and they will arrange a one to one session with you.

Free Qualified Youth Worker Course

Youth workerMake some noise and share this info about a FREE Youth Worker Course.

Starting Monday 17 November 4.30 – 7pm at St Johns Info Zone, Manor Farm Road Huyton L36 0UG.

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a Level 2 qualified  youth support worker or a youth and community worker.

  • Understanding youth work principles and practice
  • Safeguarding young people in a youth work setting
  • Diversity and faith
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour within peer activities
  • Support children and young people’s play and leisure.

Local CIC Innovate Volunteering will be hosting the course to book your place or find out more email: The only criteria is you have to be 19 yrs and above and living in Knowsley.

If you can’t make this session over in Huyton,  Innovate can set up and deliver this FREE Course in neighbourhoods across Knowsley, so if you have a group of 10 residents who would like to take part – Innovate would like to hear from you!

Play Badminton with Peace of Mind

Free badminton sessionsSport activities are a positive way to help adults cope and recover from mental ill health.

Take part in a FREE 5 week pilot Badminton Project at Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens L28 1AB and play with peace of mind.

Starting Friday 14 November 2 – 3pm, for more info email: or just turn up!

Cold Weather Payments

Cold weather paymentYou may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits.

Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.

Use the Cold Weather Payment tool to find out if your area is due to receive a payment.

After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.

Cold Weather Payments don’t affect your other benefits.

You may get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

Pension Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Pension Credit.

Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and have any of the following:

  • a disability or pensioner premium
  • a child who is disabled
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • a child under 5 living with you

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and have any of the following:

  • the support or work-related component of ESA
  • a severe or enhanced disability premium
  • a pensioner premium
  • a child who is disabled
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • a child under 5 living with you

Universal Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit, you’re not employed or self employed and one of the following apply:

  • you get a limited capability for work element (with or without a work-related activity element)
  • you get the disabled child element in your claim
  • you have a child under 5 living with you

You’ll also be eligible if you have a disabled child element in your claim, whether you are employed or not.

Introduction to Counseling

councelingAn ‘Introduction to Counseling’ Course is on offer at St Michael’s Church Hall, Bluebell Lane Huyton.

The 4 week course starts Tuesday 25th November until 16th December, from 12.30 – 3pm.

By the end of the sessions you will  have a better understanding of the counseling process & how counseling can help people feel better about themselves.

For further information or to book your place call Angela on 0151 482 6042 or email:

Local Support and Help in Knowsley

Knowsley access teamThe Knowsley Access Team (KAT) can provide you with support and care if you face challenges with health needs, family difficulties or problems at home

There are a number of reasons you may need support including:

  • Disability, learning difficulty  or mental health issues
  • Hearing or visual impairments
  • Respite care or caring for an adult
  • Childcare including a break from caring
  • Difficulties in managing at home
  • Family difficulties
  • Help or alcohol abuse

KAT’s  aim is to help local people in Knowsley to live as independently as possible within the community, and Knowsley Access Team have a wide range of information about the different choices available to offer support to local people in Knowsley when you need it most.

How to get in touch? 

Call 0151 443 2600 or write to:

Knowsley Access Team
Contact Centre
Municipal Buildings
Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby

You can also contact the Knowsley Access Team via an online form by clicking this link

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