Carers

Knowsley Community Messaging Service

Knowsley Community Messaging Service is a good way to start keeping up to date with local services/events/alerts and useful information in Knowsley – it’s also a handy little way to share information with other residents too.

Residents in Knowsley can choose to receive local info via text messaging email or a voicemail.

You can sign up for FREE today by clicking this link  which will take you to a contact details sheet – you are only a few steps away from receiving regular information from local partners including Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council, NHS Knowsley and more!

The service is also good for any local community organisations, groups who want to share activities, raise awareness of neighbourhood events or community information days.

The Community Messaging Service is  always open to suggestions of how their service could be improved, if you have an idea you’d like to share  you can email directly to community.messaging@knowsley.gov.uk

For more information about the Knowsley Community Messaging Service please contact 0151 443 2498

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Guide

Leading national charity Disability Rights UK have a produced a FREE downloadable guide about how to apply to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment (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.

Disability Rights UK has produced a guide to help you through the claiming process. The guide covers information on:

  • The PIP rules
  • The scoring system
  • The activities and descriptors
  • Filling out the claim form
  • Keeping a diary
  • The face to face consultation with a healthcare professional
  • What to do if you are not happy with your decision
  • Further help and information

Please click on this link below and download the guide for FREE in word.

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming before March 16 2017

An easy read version is also available:

PIP Easy Read Version

Note: The rules for PIP have been amended (from 16 March 2017). If you make a claim on or after this date please click on this updated guide below:

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming on or after 16 March 2017

A hard copy of the guide is also available to purchase for £4, click here to order. 

We know first hand that this is a stressful process to go through and please remember there is one to one help available locally across Knowsley to guide you through the process. Here’s just a couple…

Prescot and Whiston Community Advice Centre
T: 0151 443 4639
E:prescotadvice@btinternet.com
www.prescotadvice.btck.co.uk

 

Knowsley Citizen’s Advice
T: 0344 826 9694
E: advice@knowsleycab.org.uk
www.citizensadviceknowsley.org.uk

FREE Accessible and Healthy Cooking Sessions

If you have a disability or long term illness you’ll know how hard it is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and stop the pounds from piling on. Why not join us in 2017 for one of our Healthy Cooking sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our first community session for 2017 starts on Monday 16 January 2017, 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Our accessible and inclusive 4 week programme isn’t  just about ‘learning how to cook’, each week you are tasked and challenged to prepare a meal which helps to develop individual skills, confidence, knowledge and independence around preparing food, healthier eating, cooking on a budget and the importance of food hygiene.

Importantly to us as a group of local people with disabilities, our sessions are designed to be friendly, informal and social – because we know food (and eating it!) is a great way to bring people together.

Family members, carers and support workers are welcome to join in too.

So if you’ve started your new year with a few extra lumps and bumps from all the Christmas excess and want to get involved and learn about some easy changes you can do when preparing meals at home, contact Nancie to book a FREE place on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY DIETARY OR ACCESS REQUIREMENTS BEFOREHAND SO YOU CAN TAKE PART AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

NHS Continuing Healthcare Useful Info

Heard about NHS Continuing Healthcare? If you (or a relative) need full time care and you have a certain level of savings/assets, you’ll probably be told to pay. 

But if you have health needs you should first be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, which is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over arranged and funded solely by the NHS.

In order to receive NHS CHC funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) according to a legally prescribed decision making process to determine whether the individual has a ‘primary health need’.

NHS England have produced a short information video about the topic (below) and the Department of Health have produced a fact sheet – click here. 

A brilliant online information resource all about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding in England is Care To Be Different. Which was set up by Angela Sherman after her own parents’ experience of the UK care system.

“Whether or not you pay for care does NOT depend on your money. It depends on your care needs only. It doesn’t matter how much money you do or don’t have. Be sure to get properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Our website provides lots of information to help you”.

She developed the website as a specialist information resource, providing practical information about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and other care matters. It can help families:

  • apply for NHS Continuing Heatlhcare funding – and appeal decisions that deny funding
  • understand what really goes on in Continuing Healthcare assessments and how to fight your relative’s corner
  • make a better decision when choosing a care home
  • prevent an elderly relative being discharged from hospital before being properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

Do take a look at the website which features, frequently asked questions, case studies as well as questions you may need to ask.

We at Knowsley’s User Led Organisation would also like to host a public information session on this topic and invite a local representative from Knowsley’s CCG to give an overview/lowdown on Continuing Healthcare – we’ll keep you posted on the date that we run this – it’ll be well worth getting along to!

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice 2017 Meeting Dates

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV ) is an independent, parent led group developed to support local families who care for a child/sibling with a disability. 

It’s their aim as a group is to provide all parents and carers who live in Knowsley with an independent platform to express what really matters to them and their children.

They work in partnership with local disability service providers, raising awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved and the daily issues faced by Knowsley children, parents and their families and carer’s.

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice have published dates for their forthcoming monthly meetings for 2017 and want to encourage parents and carers who live in Knowsley to come along and get involved.

Their first meeting for 2017 takes place at the Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton on Monday January 16, 10 – 12pm. All welcome and refreshments will be provided – along with a warm welcome.

CLICK HERE for the full list of 2017 parent carer meeting dates.

As a parent led group they are passionate about children and young adults in Knowsley, and together they believe they can make a difference  – if you would like to find out more about the group, please contact Ian McBrias at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, on 0151 549 1412 or email: deborahsmithkpcv@gmail.com

Knowsley Chemist Opening Hours during the Christmas Period

Please do check with your local chemist for their opening hours over the 2016 Christmas and New Year period. However the following pharmacies in Knowsley will be open over the festive holiday period:

Sunday 25 December 2016
  • Neil’s Pharmacy, 32 Molyneux Drive, Prescot, L35 5DY (10am-12pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (12-4pm)
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (2-4pm)
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (10am-2pm)
Monday 26 December 2016
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (12-2pm)
Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (12-2pm)
Sunday 1 January 2017
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (9.45am-8.30pm)
  • Asda Pharmacy, Huyton Lane, Huyton, L36 7TX (10.30am-4.30pm)
  • Kingsway Pharmacy, 5 Kingsway Parade, Huyton, L36 2QA (10am-4pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (10am-1pm)
  • Boots, Cable Retail Park Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ (10.30am-4.30pm)
Monday 2 January 2017
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (12-2pm)
Further advice can be found on the Knowsley CCG website www.knowsleyccg.nhs.uk/

Get Festive at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living

festive-cookery_party-foodCommunity group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation invite you to a series of FREE & festive cookery sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living in December 2016.

Take part in any of our sessions and you’ll learn how to take the guilt out of festive feasting to have a healthier Christmas.

From creating a host of lighter option nibbles, dips and snacks to thrifty recipe ideas for all of that left over -turkey, and not forgetting some tasty alternatives to the traditional Christmas pudding.

Choose any of the following sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY – or take part in all three!

Festive Party Food – Monday 5 December 10 – 12pm

Left Over Turkey Ideas – Monday 12 December 10 – 12pm

Christmas Desserts – Monday 19 December 10 – 12pm

festive-cookery_left-over-turkeySound too good to miss? Ho ho ho…..then join us for our accessible, inclusive and very merry sessions, this December at the centre.

Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book a place, but do get in touch with us if you have any access or dietary requirements.

These sessions are supported by Knowsley’s Community Health Development Team in partnership with the Knowsley User Led Organisation.

festive-cookery_chritsmas-dessertsFor more information about any of our community led activities at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, please contact Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

Keep up to date and in the know about our latest activities go to www.facebook.com/JoinKnowsleyULO/

 

 

Free Afternoon Tea

untitledThe Knowsley Physical Disability Partnership are holding an afternoon tea on Tuesday 22nd November at 2pm at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

If you have any disability issues you’d like to share with local services and organisations, the partnership board invite you to attend the session.

For more information about the Physical Disability Partnership Board please contact Jen Casey on Network Support Officer – Knowsley Engagement Forum & Partnership Support 0151 449 3954

Jen.Casey@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Disabled Facilities Grants – A Knowsley Guide

disabled-facilities-grants-knowsley-talkAs part of our user led group activity for local people with disabilities, November’s Public Information Session is a very Knowsley low down on Disabled Facilities Grants. 

Our monthly community talk takes place at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY on Wednesday 2 November 12.30 – 2pm. All welcome

We will be joined by guest speaker Graham Keeling who is part of the Knowsley Council’s Disabled Facility Grants Team, based at the Centre. His talk will answer a lot of common questions we may have, for example who the grants are  for, what they can be used to improve or adapt, is there an eligibility criteria…..and more.

Our community led information sessions are informal and interactive – designed to enable all audience members to ask lots of questions and obtain answers. But if you don’t feel you are able to ask a question at any of our sessions, please speak to one of our group members and we’d be happy to ask a question on your behalf.

Why are we running Public Information Sessions?

We think it’s vital that local disabled people and carers are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available – there’s a lot of changes to taking place and opportunities available that local people just aren’t aware of.

“Being prepared and clued up on things is a big deal for us – and as they say knowledge is power. But it’s knowing what to do with the information, how to find your way around things, what sort of choices you have and who to go to to ask for help (if you need it). This is why we are running these” MO’S

Our past topics for our monthly information sessions include ‘A lowdown on PIP’, ‘Direct Payments’, ‘Carer Assessments’, ‘Power of Attorney’. We also offer you the opportunity for any suggestions you may have on a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions.

If you have something you’d like us to cover or to explore, please do get in touch with us at the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Make Vee’s Place Your Place in Prescot

vees-place-whats-on-autumn-advertNo matter how old or young you are, there’s something for everyone taking place at Vee’s Place, Prescot.

Whether it’s knitting, sewing, lunch clubs, drama classes or dancing, Vee’s place has a variety of community activities each week for all ages.

Based in Zion Church, 74 Kemble Street, Prescot L34 5SH. Vee’s Place has launched a packed Autumn 2016 community programme of activities and events – and a warm welcome is guaranteed!

Monday’s
10am Coffee morning /12noon Lunch/1pm Socials/6pm Knitting & Crochet

Tuesday’s
10am History/12noon lunch/1pm Sewing, dressmaking/6.30pm Scouts

Wednesday’s
10am Yoga/12noon lunch/1pm Musical socials/6pm Danzaciz  & Performing Arts

Thursday’s
10am groups/12noon lunch/1pm

Friday’s
10am groups/12noon Luncheon Club & social afternoon

Saturday’s
9am Cheeky Monkeys Club (up to 4 year olds) Danzaciz & Perfoming Arts.

*Please note: A small charge is applied to activities listed above (Subs £3 Adults & £1.50 youth)

If you are interested in getting involved with any activities  or would like to start something new, Vee’s Place are always on the look out for even more community activities!

Contact Verity Rhodes, Vee’s Place Centre Manager on 0151 289 3602 (after 11am)

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