Carers

Be Alert to Scams

scamIt’s Scams Awareness Month and residents are urged to be on their guard against cons and rip-offs. Around three million people in the UK fall victim to mass-marketing scams every year, costing millions of pounds.

Bogus schemes include fake lotteries and prize draws, investment and PPI scams and get-rich-quick cons.

The scams may be sent through the post, via email and over the phone and often target elderly and vulnerable residents.

Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team has set up a series of secure scam mail bins in different public buildings across the borough for the duration of Scams Awareness Month.

If you have received any suspected scam mail, please drop it into one of the bins and our Trading Standards team will use the information to uncover any scams operating in the area.

You can find a secure scam mail bin at any of the council’s One Stop Shops and at the following community centres:

  • Park Close, Kirkby
  • Fairhaven, Kirkby
  • Cross Street, Kirkby
  • Greenwood Close, Prescot
  • Eaton Street, Prescot
  • Highfields, Prescot
  • South Avenue, Prescot
  • Fairview, Halewood
  • Bluebell Park, Huyton
  • Fieldway Estate, Huyton
  • Fairclough Site, Woolfall Heath, Huyton

Tips for staying safe

  • Never give out your bank account details or other personal information to people you don’t know or trust
  • Never send money to a company you do not know or send money if told to respond quickly or confidentially
  • You can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter and you don’t send money for something a letter claims you have won
  • Don’t reply to emails or letters from strangers even if they seem to know your name
  • Make sure you have up to date computer security including passwords and antivirus software
  • NEVER agree to buy goods and services on the doorstep or as a result of a telephone cold call
  • If something sounds too good to be true it probably is!

If you have any concerns about doorstep crime or scams, ring Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team on 0151 443 4713 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506.

Free Training for Self Advocates Parents and Carers

trainingMerseyside Partners in Policymaking (MPIP) have a wide range of free training available to self advocates, parents and carers.

We’ve put the latest courses and training that’s on offer from June 2015 (below) so if you see any that you’d like to attend please do ring MPIP to book a place on  0151 287 7977 or email: mpip@btconnect.com

Phoebe Day – Getting in Touch – Pheobe Caldwell

When: Thursday 18th June 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 22nd June 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: Walton Cornerstones

 

Autism & Behavior that ChallengeSteve McGuinness

When: Wednesday 24th June 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

SeeAbility – Look Here – Scott Watkins

When: Thursday 2nd July 2015 Time: 10.00am till 2:30pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Eating with Dignity – Kathy Fearns

When: Wednesday 8th July 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Makaton – Heidi Kenworthy

When: Monday 13th July 2015 Time: 10am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 20th July 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Oral Health Training – Vicky Atkinson

When: Wednesday 22nd July 2015 Time: 10.00am till 12:30pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 7th September 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Education & Healthcare Plans – Sue Harris

When: Wednesday 16th September 2015 Time: 10am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Postural Care – Tess Ellis

When: Monday 21 September 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Autism & Behaviour that ChallengeSteve McGuinness

When: Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Walton Cornerstones

 

Circles of Support – Sue Harris

When: Wednesday 30th September 2015 Time: 10am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 5th October 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Phoebe Day – Getting in Touch – Pheobe Caldwell

When: Wednesday 7th October 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Makaton – Heidi Kenworthy

When: Monday 12th October 2015 Time: 10am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Oral Health Training – Vicky Atkinson

When: Wednesday 14th October 2015 Time: 10.00am till 12:30pm

Venue: Lancaster House Walton

 

Postural Care – – Tess Ellis

When: Monday 9th November 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Education & Healthcare Plans – Sue Harris

When: Wednesday 11th November 2015 Time: 10am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Methods of Communication – Kathy Fearns

When: Wednesday 2nd December 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Makaton – Heidi Kenworthy

When: Monday 7th December 2015 Time: 10am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Autism & Behaviour that ChallengeSteve McGuinness

When: Wednesday 9th December 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

Summer Tea Party with KDC

kdc tea partyKnowsley Disability Concern will be hosting their annual Tea Party on Friday 19 June from 11 am – 3.30pm as part of National Learning Disability Week.

Free tea & coffee will be available, along side cakes stalls, tombola, prize raffle and lots more!

Save the date and head along to The Caudwell Centre, Tarbock Road Huyton L36 0SD – all welcome!

Wheelchair Workshop with Go Kids Go

go kids go_Knowsley flyerGo Kids Go takes place on Saturday 11th July form 9.30am – 3pm. It’s a free Wheelchair Skills workshop for children and young people from 2yrs – 18yrs.

The Wheelchair workshop is a great chance to meet other young wheelchair-users and learn skills to help you become more independent.

Extra wheelchairs will also provided for mums, dads, brothers and sisters to join in with the games as well!

So, get ready and set for Saturday 11th July at Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road Huyton L36 6DG and reserve your place by calling 01482 887163 or email:  karen@go-kids-go.org.uk

Please bring a packed lunch!

Ability Fit

A5 ability-fit-front 6Ability Fit is a FREE 10 week health activity programme for residents with disabilities to attend.

Regardless of your ability, you’ll take part in health & motivational talks, physical exercise as well as weekly weigh-in’s, using fully accessible wheelchair friendly scales.

In addition carers are very, very welcome to attend. We are really pleased as a community group to see this get off the ground it’s something both Jim & Yvonne Jamieson from our group have been championing for many months  –  to ensure everyone can access affordable and inclusive physical activities alongside their carer.

Ability Fit starts Friday 12 June 10 – 12 at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11 Brickfields (just off Ellis Ashton Street) Huyton Business Park L36 6HY.

Please wear comfortable clothes and if you have any access questions – do get in touch with us if you have any access issues on 07715 392 158.

Access to Cinemas

cinema_disabilitiesDid you know that anyone with a disability can obtain a cinema card that allows them to be accompanied by someone to the cinema free of charge? 

Called the CEA Card it’s a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) for UK cinemas.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.

For more information and how to apply click here!

Autism Support Knowsley

talk_about_autismHeard about the Autism Support Group in Knowsley?

Parents and Carers who support Autistic siblings meet on the last Thursday of every month at Kirkby Leisure Centre from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

We think support groups are a positive and beneficial way to help you realise you are not alone and that there are other people who have the same problems – which can be a huge relief, plus sharing your problems with others can open up new ways of dealing with a particular problem or issue.

The Autism Support Group is a great place to meet with other parents & carers to talk, listen and share experiences – you’ll also receive a very warm welcome – we did!

Keep Calm with Knowsley Carers Centre

Keep-clamAre you a carer? Fancy spending a bit of time out for YOU?

Did you know Knowsley Carers offer FREE Holistic Therapies; from Indian head massage, facials, aromatherapy and Reiki.

Knowsley Carers Centre offer FREE Holistic therapies to local carers who are registered with the centre.

They also provide a huge range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers throughout Knowsley and holistic therapies is just one of them!

Not registered with Knowsley Carers Centre? It’s easy to do by contacting the team on 0151 549 1412 or you can complete an online self referral form on the Carers website.

Little Stars Parent and Carer Support Group

little starsLittle Stars is a Knowsley based support group who provide support for parents, carers, siblings and children with additional needs.

Run by Michelle and Diane they formed the group because they found no relevant support available when their children where diagnosed at an early age.

Now they have a huge extended family of local parents and carers who support each other and offer a huge range of information, impartial advice – that only a room full of people with personal experiences can do!

Little Stars run fortnightly coffee mornings for parents and children with additional needs (suitable for under 9’s) at Hilltop Children’s Centre, Bedford Close, Huyton L36 1XH from 9:30-11:30am (£1 subs)

They also organise Saturday Stay and Play sessions once a month (normally 10-12pm) £1 per child which includes snack and drink, as well as
Spa days, Dads Curry Nights, Mums Tea Nights and so much more!

Call Michelle 07914794492 or Diane 07901557781 for more info

Moonbeams Support

moonbeamsLocal volunteer parents and carers support & activity group Moonbeams run an after school club for children with additional needs at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Health Avenue, Huyton.

For a small charge of £2 the after school club takes place every Monday from 3.45 – 6.45pm  and is suitable for children and young people with additional needs from the age of 5yrs plus.

Moonbeams also run arts sessions at the River Alt Resource Centre for carers and parents every Friday from 9.30am  – 3pm (£2).

Local mum Yvonne who helps coordinate Moonbeams says “Friday’s are a great way for local parents who have children with additional needs to relax, unwind and meet other parents to share their ups and downs –  everyone is made to feel welcome”.

The parent and carers support group also have a fantastic lending library resource available to parents and children from Knowsley.

They have available a whole series of books to help develop awareness and understanding of specific impairments, books to help promote positive attitudes to disability and books which are more generally about acceptance and respecting differences.

Call Yvonne 07403 348 849 or Ann-Marie 07504 963 143 to find out more about Moonbeams

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