News archives for 2015

Local Support for Carers

care actFrom April 2015, care and support in England is changing for the better. The new Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.

‘Care and support’ is the term we use to describe the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with friends or family.

If you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.

Supporting you in caring

In England, millions of us provide unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend, either in our own homes or somewhere else. ‘Caring’ for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

If this sounds like you, from April 2015, changes to the way care and support is provided in England mean you may be able to get more help so that you can carry on caring and look after your own wellbeing.

The right help at the right time

You may be eligible for support, such as a direct payment* to spend on the things that make caring easier; or practical support, like arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break. You may prefer just to be put in touch with local support groups so you have people to talk to.

If the person you care for lives in Knowsley, Knowsley Council can help you find the right support and you can ask them for a carer’s assessment.

Assessing your wellbeing

A carer’s assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of this assessment. As a result of the assessment, you may be eligible for support. We will also offer you advice and guidance to help you with your caring responsibilities and help you look after your own wellbeing.

You can have a carer’s assessment even if the person you care for does not get any help from the council, and they will not need to be assessed.

To find out more about care and support in England and how you might benefit from the changes, contact The Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600 or email: Knowsley.AccessTeam@knowsley.gov.uk

Alternatively you can contact your local charity the Knowsley Carers Centre, who are on hand to offer expert advice and support to carers 0151 549 1412.

Community Meeting

NEW KULO SMILEY FACE TEALCalling all residents who live in Knowsley that are passionate about disability issues, carers rights, older peoples concerns.

Our next Knowsley User Led Organisation resident group meeting will take place on Thursday 30 April 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11 Brickfields (off Ellis Ashton Street) Huyton L36 6HY.

All residents from across are very welcome to attend and we’ll be discussing (amongst other things) employment support for residents with disabilities and local transport and accessibility issues in Knowsley.

If you would like to find out more information about our community group contact our Angela Cornwall (Chairperson) on 07970 997 337 

Kerry Farm Funded Short Breaks

Kerry FarmHere’s the info our board member Angela Cornwall shared with us about Kerry Farm run by the Papworth Trustwhich is a leading disability charity.

Papworth Trust offers funded holidays to people of all ages affected by disability.

Angela tells us it’s well worth filling out the application form explaining why you need the break, what a funded break would mean to you and your family and what activities you would like to do as part of your short break stay.

Head to their website www.papworthtrust.org.uk  or call 0800 952 5000.

The Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund provides grants to individuals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

It is able to help with the purchase of specialised equipment and practical forms of treatment.  This includes:

  • Mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters
  • Medical appliances and aids such as hearing aids,nebulisers and computer equipment
  • Therapeutic equipment and treatments such orthopaedic beds,riser/recliner chairs and complementary therapies
  • Home adaptations – walk in showers, access ramps, stair lifts
  • Miscellaneous – washing machines, respite breaks

To apply: Either download an application form or complete the online form on the website.

The Fund is also able to provide grants to registered health charities.

www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org

Heinz Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation

The Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation provides grants for individuals suffering from severe poverty or on-going medical conditions. It will also support victims of domestic abuse.

Grants of £100 to £500 are provided towards hospital travel costs, household items, adaptations or disability equipment. They will not fund holidays or education.

Applications must be made in writing by a recognised professional such a social worker, doctor or Citizen Advice representative who must include the individual’s financial information.

Letters must be addressed to: The Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation, PO Box 327, Hampton, TW12 9DD Telephone: 020 8979 0609 Email: hakf50@hotmail.com

Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trus

The Trust provides grants to help people who are ill, convalescent or disabled.

It currently supports people of all ages with medical conditions, disability or poor health. However, if funding is limited preference with be given to people who have professional, secretarial, or administrative qualifications.

Funding may be provided for a range of medical items and services to improve quality of life. This includes TENS machines, orthopaedic beds, hoists and household items such as washing machines.

Applications should be made by a health professional or social worker on behalf of the client using the Trust’s application form which can be downloaded from their website.

www.fnaist.org.uk

Elizabeth Finn Care

Elizabeth Finn Care provides direct financial support to individuals in need.

It is able to help British and Irish residents who have previously held jobs that required level 4 qualifications and have fallen on hard times through personal events such as family breakdown, redundancy or ill health.

They also help older people with limited pension provision and (ex)spouses/partners of eligible individuals

To find out more information complete the on-line enquiry form.

www.elizabethfinncare.org.uk

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

The Bosher Hinton Foundation makes grants to individuals, or their families in the UK to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties.

It also supports institutions and charities that provide facilities and/or advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs.

To apply: download and application form and return to the Foundation.

www.boshierhintonfoundation.org.uk

Barchester Healthcare Grants

The Barchester Healthcare Foundation supports older people and adults with physical and mental disabilities.

It is able to help individuals with the cost of items that enhance the person’s mobility, independence or quality of life. This may include items such as a wheelchair, stairlift, specialised computer equipment, music lessions and bathroom adaptations.

Grants range from £100 to £5,000.

To apply: either complete the on-line application form or download an application form. All applications must be supported by a thrid party such as a social worker or healthcare professional.

www.bhcfoundation.org.uk

Autism Training

Steve Mcg 23-4-15 flyer - KnowsleyFree Autism training is available to unpaid Knowsley carers, families and self advocates. Delivered, as part of a year long community training programme with Merseyside Partners in Policy Making (MPIP).

The Autism Training takes place on Thursday 23 April at the River Alt Resource Centre,  Huyton. From 10am till 4pm.

If you would like to book a place, contact MPIP on 0151 287 7977 or email mpip@btconnect.com

Please note: Lunch will not be provided, but tea and coffee is available.

About the Trainer

Steve is an autism consultant, who is on the autistic spectrum himself. He offers up an interesting first person perspective into Autism. Steve is a father to a young man with autism and a National Councillor and Trustee of the National Autistic Society.

 Aims:

  • Newly Diagnosed
  • Help and Support – What is available
  • Sensory Issues, Behaviour that Challenges, More understanding of autism/apserger syndrome.
  • Strategies

 Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of Autism,
  • Recognise the early signs of anxiety and reactions of the individual with aspergers syndrome.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication strategies and to help diffuse conflict.
  • Factors that escalate hostility and aggression. Actions to avoid when confronted with a distressed person with autism/ aspergers syndrome.
  • Implement coping strategies to manage a variety of settings including the workplace.

Realise through continued development the importance of practising skills to help alleviate the difficulties experienced by individuals with aspergers syndrome.

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