News archives for 2014

Your Views on Adult Social Care Services

Your say customer transport in knowsleyHealthwatch Knowsley will be holding a public session on Friday 31st October at the Old School House, St John’s Road, Huyton from  10am-12pm to gather resident views and experiences on Adult Social Care Services in Knowsley.

What is a local account?
As part of Government plans to make local authorities more accountable and transparent to residents, councils produce an annual local account to tell people what their adult social care department is doing. The local account explains how much the Council spends, what it spends money on, what it is doing and future plans for improvements.

Healthwatch Knowsley want to hear your views on:

  • Transition from children to adult services
  • Younger adults
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical disability
  • Learning disability
  • Carers
  • Older people
  • Keeping people safe
  • Things affecting everyone

Healthwatch Knowsley will be asking you  3 big questions:

  1. What’s been good?
  2. What’s improved in the last 12 months?
  3. What needs to improve in 2015?

Healthwatch Knowsley are keen to hear any feedback you have about personal budgets or direct payments and experiences from local people who pay for their own care.

Every Little Helps!

every little helpsLook out for this magic little number on your next electricity bill!

Did you know electricity suppliers are to pay their domestic customers a £12 electricity credit.

Suppliers will provide this credit to all account holders who are their customers on 12 October 2014.

You should receive the credit between 12 October and 22 November 2014.

How do you get the credit?

If you don’t have a prepayment meter

You will have a credit of £12 applied to your electricity account.

If you have a prepayment meter

  • you will receive a £12 voucher or have a Special Action Message (SAM) sent to your payment card, key or token via their top-up point. Vouchers will need to be taken to a top-up outlet where they can be redeemed in the form of electricity credit
  • if you have a Smart prepayment meter you will receive the rebate automatically
  • if your prepayment meters cannot be accessed remotely, you will be sent a code by your supplier that you will need to manually input into your meter
  • suppliers who only have a small number of prepayment meter customers may issue a £12 cheque.

Suppliers will have until 28 February 2015 to credit any outstanding customers.

Don’t forget you can drop into one of Knowsley’s local Citizen Advice Centres, who can help you with a range of issues including switching energy suppliers, fuel debt advice and keeping your home warm in Winter :

Kirkby – (Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Huyton – (Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Halewood – (Open Mon & Wed, 9am-5pm)

Stockbridge Village – (Open Tue, 10am-12.30pm)

NHS Personal Health Budgets an Update from KDC

Personal Health care budgetsFrom April 2014, everyone receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare will have the right to ask for a personal health budget, including a direct payment.

This includes a duty to inform people that they are eligible and provide information, advice and support.

For example; what is the eligibility criteria, local offer, process and support available.

From 1 October 2014 this will be strengthened and this group will benefit from a ‘right to have’ a personal health budget.

Knowsley CCG has legal duties relating to NHS Continuing Healthcare rights and personal health budgets.

These include having a duty to arrange for the provision of a personal health budget, including a direct payment, a duty to publicise and promote them, a duty to provide information, advice and support, and a duty to consider requests for personal health budgets.

For further information go to:

KMBC web page for Personal Health Budgets

KDC Website for Personal Health Budgets


Community Halloween Fun

Poster 2014Go on  – we double dare you –  to go along to some FREE Community Halloween Family Fun in Stockbridge Village.

It’s ‘Halloween at Littlewood’ Saturday 1st November 2 – 5pm.

All welcome and from 2pm, families can take part in creepy arts & crafts, chilling coach & horse rides, face painting ghastly games, devilish donkey rides, mysterious music, snap apple and lots more….

3.30pm  – The Scariest Fancy Dress Competition and Prizes.

4.45pm  – A Spine Chilling Walk in Littlewoods with a Gripping Ghost Story.

We dare you to head over to  Littlewood Community Woodland, Hollowcroft, off Haswell Drive Stockbridge Village L28 4ED.

For more information contact Maria Regan, local volunteer from The Littlewoods of Stockbridge Association  0151 449 1626 – or just turn up.

Big Breakfast in Kirkby

big breakfast_Nov 2014Join us at our Big Breakfast community meeting on Wednesday 12th November from 10.30 – 12.30pm over at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane Kirkby.

We’re a group of local residents from across Knowsley who are just trying to make life and day to day living just that little bit better for people of all abilities.

If you are passionate about disability issues, carers rights and older people’s concerns in Knowsley. Join us for a Big Breakfast and meet like-minded residents who care just as much as you.

We’ll be joined by Knowsley Carers Centre, Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Service, KMBC’s Healthy Homes, Prescot Caring Companions and  more as well as our  hardworking Knowsley User Led Organisation residents who’ll be preparing your hearty breakfast.

If you would like to know more about us call our Chairperson Angela on 07501 653 984 or just turn up – all welcome!

Have your say on bus services in Kirkby

Your say customer transport in knowsleyMerseytravel want your views on bus services in and around the area.

Local residents, businesses and people who visit or work in Kirkby are invited to attend a drop in session where staff from Merseytravel and Stagecoach will be available to answer any questions you may have.

You will also have the opportunity to view and comment on plans for the new Kirkby bus station, which is part of the multi million pound regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre.

The drop in sessions will be held in the 1st floor Meeting Room, Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY on the following days:

  • Thursday 7 August 9.30am – 4pm
  • Friday 8 August from 9.30am – 2pm

Make some noise – it’s funding for Knowsley community groups!

community chestCan you spread the word and make this Knowsley’s worst kept secret?

Knowsley Council’s Community Chest and Small Grants for Community Health Initiatives community funding have combined together to encourage more community empowerment and improve the health and wellbeing of Knowsley residents.

Applications are welcome from our Knowsley based community & volunteer led groups who run along democratic lines, do not have any political affiliations, involve group members in making decisions, have a constitution or set of rules and have a bank account in its own name.

There is now one application form to complete, so do your bit and share this new with community groups in Knowsley.

Applicants can only apply to one funding stream per application round.

Community Chest – Maximum grant £500

The purpose of this fund is to provide one-off grants to groups or organisations which meet the council’s aim of actively engaging and empowering local people in making a difference in their own communities.

Small Grants for Health – Maximum grant £1,000

Applications to this fund must focus on one or more of the following themes; promotion of healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing smoking and the promotion of smoke free environments and reducing alcohol misuse and the promotion of responsible drinking.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 24 October 2014

The application pack can be accessed here. For further information or to request an application pack please contact Emma Thomas on 0151 443 4987 or email:

Vicitms of Crime Consultation In Knowsley

victimsofcrime_MerseysideMerseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy invites victims of crime to join a focus group discussion about the quality and type of support service that the survivors of crime on Merseyside receive.

By sharing your experiences, you can help improve the experiences of other victims in the future and this consultation is an opportunity that will enable organisations to deliver better and improved services.

Jane Kennedy said, “We are beginning a consultation during which we want to hear the opinions of people who have been affected by crime from across the region. This is so that when we take over the selecting, funding and monitoring of some victims’ services later this year, we hope to be better informed about the nature of the service that is needed”.

She adds, “I want victims to know that here on Merseyside they will always be listened to, understood and supported as far as our resources will allow”.

If you are a victim of crime, your views and experiences are crucial and will be listened to… What worked? What didn’t? What could have been done better?

Dates for Knowsley Victims of Crime focus groups:

1. Hate Crime: Thursday 21 Aug 1 –  3pm

2. Domestic Violence: Thursday 4 September 1 – 3pm

For further information contact Warren Ward on 0151 777 5186 or email if you would like to get involved.

Also if you have any specialist requirements such as loop system, translators or interpreters, do get in touch.

Out of pocket expenses (including childcare costs) can be reimbursed.

Free Meeting Rooms for Community Groups

Free community spaceThere’s a FREE accessible meeting space available for community groups at Asda Huyton.

The space is available after 5pm most weekday evenings.

Call Richard the Asda Community Champion on 0151 449 4600.

Or email  for more information.

Al’s Club – New Members Welcome

aLS CLUB_NEWJust in case you haven’t heard… Al’s Club is a social, fun and funky activity group for young disabled people in Knowsley.

They meet every Thursday from 6.30 – 8.30pm at the New Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive Huyton L36 6EG.

With a small charge of just £2, parents and carers are welcome too.

Suitable for ages 16 – 30 – all welcome.

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