News archives for 2018

A New Local Service for local People who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

If you are Deaf or hard of hearing and live in Knowsley there is a new team who can provide equipment to help support you.

They can arrange an appointment with you to visit your home and assess your needs and tell you about FREE equipment that is available to help you overcome any difficulties you may face.

For example you may be……

  • Unable/struggling to hear the doorbell
  • Unable/struggling to hear the television
  • Unable/struggling to hear the telephone
  • Missing part of conversation
  • Unable/struggling to hear the alarm clock/smoke alarm

Following an assessment by the team, a range of equipment or small aids to help you may be provided at no cost.  The service is available to Knowsley residents of all ages.

How to make a referral:You can contact the team direct or ask someone to make contact on your behalf. Contact the Knowsley Contact Centre on 0151 443 2600 or email

Minicom: 0151 244 4099

The new Knowsley Team will also be hosting weekly drop in sessions for local people at the following venues/dates and times:

  • Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY – Starting Wednesday 21/11/2018 1pm – 3pm.
  • MSDP Centre, Queens Drive Retail Park, West Derby L13 0DJ – Starting Friday 23/11/2018 10am – 12pm.

For further information about the drop ins only:

Text: 07384 455 434


Getting Festive with Really Useful Wednesdays

Knowsley’s User Led Organisation (KULO) will be hosting Christmas themed Eco Creative Craft Workshops at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living in the lead up to this year’s festive break, 2018.

As part of our disability community group’s weekly Really Useful Wednesday sessions (10 -12pm), the group will be working with Gordon from Knowsley Council’s Ranger Service to create a series of eco friendly and locally sourced Christmas Decorations.

After a recent visit to Stadt Moers Countryside Park in Whiston, KULO group members foraged and harvested locally source materials including an Ash tree to be used as part of our accessible weekly sessions.

One KULO group member commented “It was a bit chilly, but good fun to get out and about in the park and work with the local ranger. We then went back to the environmental centre and we warmed up straight away because we all had a go and cut the wood up with a bow saw. I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ll make over the next few weeks now”.

If you would like to take part in KULO’s Festive Really Useful Wednesday sessions they take place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living on Wednesday 28 November, 5 & 12 December 10 – 12pm. No need to book, but get in touch with Support Worker Nancie Price if you have any support or access requirements to enable you to fully take part.

KULO welcomes local people with disabilities as well as those caring for someone with a disability.

Changing Places for a Better Knowsley

Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living (CIL) has been praised for installing a designated Changing Places facility.

The Centre for Independent Living, based in Huyton provides essential services to help people maintain their independence and mobility, which are delivered by local partners.

To further support the people of Knowsley, a Changing Places facility has been installed, becoming only one of five in the borough. The facility is for people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound physical and learning disabilities, such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. The extra equipment and space allows them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

There was an official grand opening of the Changing Places Toilet facility on Wednesday 20 December, which was well attended by staff from the Trust and Knowsley’s User Led Organisation. Features of the new facility include:

  • Bench – height adjustable, adult sized, wall mounted
  • Hoist – ceiling, loop
  • Peninsular toilet
  • Non slip floor
  • Floor space 7sq. m
  • Emergency alarm
  • Privacy screen
  • Paper roll
  • Managed
  • Locked

Paula Thompson, Chair of Knowsley’s User Led Organisation said: “Our community is delighted to see that Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living now has an official Changing Places facility. We’d like to thank the team from North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for installing this facility, which is nationally recognised with Changing Places.”

Sara Harrison, Head of Service for the Centre of Independent Living, said:

“This facility is a small step to help make life a bit easier for local people and their carers who can’t access standard accessible toilets. It’s located downstairs in the reception area and joins another four designated Changing Places in Knowsley – may there be many more”.

To find out more about the Centre for Independent Living in Knowsley and how to access support, visit:

A useful national map of Changing Places facilities is also available to help people plan their journey anywhere in the UK at:

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