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Direct Payments Public Information Session

Direct Payments_2016 v3Every month the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of public information sessions on topics and issues we’d like to know more in depth & in detail about.

We’ll be kick starting with a Direct Payments talk on Wednesday 6 July from 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, L36 6H and everyone who’d like to know more about Direct Payments are welcome to attend.

Our mission is to ensure people with disabilities as well as carers who live in Knowsley are informed and up to date on topics and issues which effect us all.

It’s important to our group,  that local people are equipped with clear information and facts, to not only help themselves live happy & healthy lives but also any information can be shared with others.

In August 2016, we’ll be covering Personal Independent Payments (PIP) which has replaces Disability Living Allowance. PIP is topic which concerns and has directly affected many of us of lately.

It’s vital that people are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available, there’s a lot of changes taking place that local people just aren’t aware of  let alone prepared for.

For more information about our series of talks and sessions or how you can get involved call Jim on 07712 889 302 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

 

What’s Cooking at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living?

Cookery sessions_KULOEvery Monday from 10 – 12pm  at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living our community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation host FREE healthy cookery sessions.

Places are available on the next group starting Monday 20 June 10 – 12pm. Whether your fed up of cooking the same old thing, or you need a few practical tips on cooking a bit more healthier – our cookery sessions are for you.

Not only will you prepare and cook a couple of meals from scratch each week, you’ll also work alongside Clare, who is on hand to give practical and professional advice and top tips on health swaps and lower in fat alternatives.

Booking is essential and do let us know if you have any access requirements. Call Jim 07712 889 302 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

Free Epilepsy Awareness Sessions

Free epilepsy training KnowsleyBluebell Park School in Kirkby will be hosting Epilepsy Awareness Sessions in partnership with Knowsley’s Community Nursing Team as part of National Epilepsy Week.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures.

Epilepsy is estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the UK. This means that almost one in every 100 people has the condition.

The informative sessions take place on 16 – 21 May 3.30 – 5pm at Bluebell Park School, Cawthorne Walk, Southdene, Kirkby L32 3XP.

To book a FREE place call Lynsey O’Brien 443 2530. The sessions are suitable for parents/carers and professionals.

Swimming Lessons for Children with Visual Impairments

Free swimming lessonsSt Vincent’s School are delighted to offer free and supported swimming sessions for children with visual impairments (3 – 14yrs).

The swimming sessions will be led by a fully qualified teacher and take place at St Vincent’s School, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby Liverpool L12 9HN.

Dates for swimming sessions are as follows:

10, 17 and 24 June & 1, 8, 15 July from 1 – 3pm. To register your interest please email Office@stvin.com or call 0151 228 9968

Knitting Masterclasses

Knitting sessionsTake part in FREE Knitting Masterclasses taking place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our creative sessions begin on Wednesday 17 February from 10 – 12pm. With another 2 sessions following on Wednesday 24 February and Wednesday 2 March 10 – 12pm.

Not only will you learn some basic stitches, you’ll also get to make either a snood (to keep yourself warm) or a pouf (to put your feet up in style).

We supply the essential tools needed to start and complete your unique items for you or your home, including knitting needles, a choice of colourful yarn, as well as expert guidance, a cup of tea and good company.

‘I’m really pleased that we as a group can offer these sessions for people of all abilities to fully get involved no matter what your disability. We as community of people disbilities want to make sure everyone can get involved, you’ll be amazed at what you can do and acheive’, said Yvonne Owens, who advocates for local people with visual impairments.

Take part and join in!

Get Started With Football

Everton FC Flyer March 2016 2The Prince’s Trust & Everton in the Community are running a free 4 day football programme for 16 – 25yr olds, who are not in training, education or work.

You’ll learn coaching skills from professional coaches at Everton in the Community, gain a first aid and coaching qualification, meet new people and build your confidence, work with others to complete a group challenge and have a stadium tour of Goodison Park!

The Football programme will cost you nothing and  your travel expenses and lunch will be provided every day.

You will then receive three months support from the Princes Trust to help you move into education, training or employment.

This course will run from 14 to 18 March 2016 at Everton FC and the Powerleague, Liverpool

A taster session is being held on 9 March 2016 meeting at Goodison Park.

If you would like  more information and to book a place Contact Darren Hulse:
Phone or text EVERTON to 07947 856 434 or email: darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk

Be Alert for Fraud in Knowsley

Be AlertMerseyside Police & Knowsley Council Trading Standards are aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Older residents have received phone calls from a caller claiming to be from the GP surgery asking for an appointment to discuss mobility needs.

During the appointment, the person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.

If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.

If anyone has been targeted in this manner please contact Sue Kesler, Trading Standards Section 0151 443 4738.

If you wish to report a scam, rip-off or an issue you are having with a company, product or service, you should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service which provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues and, if necessary, will refer your request to the most appropriate Trading Standards Service for investigation.

Please call the helpline on 0345 4040506 (or 020 8185 0710 from mobiles) or complete their online form at http://tinyurl.com/o43ml43

Get Writing and Be a Winner

The Knowsley Writing Competition is open to young people and adults who live, work or study in Knowsley.Get writing

Entrants are asked to write a poem or short story inspired by a piece of music, which is between 100 to 1,000 words.

The winner and runners-up in both categories will receive National Book Tokens gift cards, worth £50 and £30 respectively, and there are gift card prizes for promising and outstanding entries.

First prize winners will also receive an engraved shield and have their names added to the Knowsley Writing Competition Shield which is on display in Kirkby Library. All prize winners will also receive a medal.

The closing date is Friday 19 February and the winner will be announced on World Book Night on Saturday 23 April.

It’s really easy to make an entry online through the council website. Alternatively send it by email to writing@knowsley.gov.uk or forms are available from any Knowsley library.

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice

Knowsley parent carers voiceKnowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV) is an independent, parent-carer led group developed to support local families & carers of children with additional needs in Knowsley.

The group are hosting their first official Coffee & Cake event in February and it’s your chance as a parent to share and raise issues that matter to you most.

KPCV will be working in partnership with local disability service providers in Knowsley to raise awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved as well as sharing the daily issues faced by children, parents , carer’s and families as a whole.

The Coffee & Cake event will take place Thursday 4 February from 12 – 2.30pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton L36 0UX.

KPCV have also launched their official Facebook Page – search for Knowsley Parent Carers Voice, like the page to keep up to date with parent/carer news, views and issues.

https://www.facebook.com/knowsleypcv/timeline

Afasic Parent Support Day

photo (2)Afasic are running a FREE parent information, and self-advocacy training day in March 2016.

Afasic is a national Charity who support parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language.

The workshop is aimed at parents who want to know how to better deal with professionals and improve confidence to have a positive say in decisions affecting their children.

As part of the free training you’ll be equipped with practical tools to help you feel more confident in meetings, ensure that your voice as a parent is heard – ensuring you have a positive say in decisions affecting your child.

It takes place on Thursday 3 March 10am-1.30pm at The Gateway Conference Centre 71 London Road Liverpool L3 8HY.

To book onto this free workshop for parents of children with speech, language and communication difficulties, plus lunch and refreshments contact Tony Curtis on 01223 244984 tonyc@afasicengland.org.uk

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