Children

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

ADHD Knowsley Support Group

ADHD Support Group for KnowsleyA brand new ADHD support group has been set up by local parents in Knowsley.

They meet every month at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby.

Local mum Sharon, who has helped to set up the group explained “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is quite a common condition and we just wanted to set something up for local parents to be able to meet other parents who are bringing up a child or caring for an adult with ADHD.

We hope though our group, local parents will be able to offer practical and emotional support to each other as well as exchange information on a regular basis, all based on our own personal experiences as parents“.

The next ADHD Support Group meetings are Thursday 18 February 10.30 – 12.30pm and Thursday 24 March 10.30 – 12.30pm at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby.

For more information about the ADHD Support Group contact Sharon on 07960 717 277.

 

 

 

Warm Homes Knowsley

Warm Homes KnowsleyResidents in Knowsley may be able to benefit from free boiler and heating repairs and in certain cases new boiler and central heating installations. Knowsley Council has allocated funding to help vulnerable residents as part of their campaign to stay warm and healthy over the winter period.

To be eligible for assistance, residents must be aged 60 and over or the parent/guardian of a child under the age of 5 years, or a parent or guardian of a child aged 5-17 years if the child suffers from a long-term health condition and either be in receipt of eligible benefits or on a low income.

The aim of the Warm Homes Scheme is to ensure households in the borough have modern, energy-efficient boilers and central heating systems to keep them warm and healthy, as well as reducing their heating bills.

As well as this scheme, the council and its partners are helping to give practical advice to residents to help them keep warm and healthy as part of their ‘Be Prepared For Winter’ campaign.

Advice includes wearing many thin layers, drinking hot drinks throughout the day, try and move around at least once an hour to warm your body up, set your heating to 21oC in the living room and ensure you are up-to-date with your flu jabs.

To find out more about the scheme, call Knowsley Council’s Energy Officer, Simon Rugen on 0151 443 5817.

Changes to Adult Social Care

national-autism-society_logoThe National Autistic Society, in partnership with Knowsley Carers Centre are running a FREE information day to talk to carers and families of people on the autism spectrum about changes in adult social care.

Government reform of adult social care is focused on the ‘personalisation’ of support, and personal budgets, with the aim of empowering people to choose and control the services they receive.

This will affect all those who receive support, whether you pay for it yourself or if it’s  provided by statutory services.

The information day will cover community care (from the basics of what it is to how it can be accessed) The Care Act, Person-Centred Planning, Support Planning, Personal Budgets, Personal Health Budgets, Direct Payments, and how personalisation can work for you and the person you care for.

The next family information sharing day will be Wednesday 3rd February 10.30 – 1pm at Knowsley Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby

Call 0151 549 1412 and ask for Sarah Bird to book a place.

Christmas Party for Children with Additional Needs in Knowsley

Sunrise christmas partyLocal Parent and carers support group Sunrise will be hosting this year’s Family Christmas party, funded by Knowsley’s Short Breaks.

The fun, festive and inclusive activities take place on Sunday 13 December 2015, at the Venue (formerly Huyton Suites).

Tickets are £10 per family.

With two sessions to choose from (1 – 3pm or 5 – 7pm) parents and carers of children with additional needs in Knowsley are urged to book a place as soon as possible.

The closing date for Christmas Party applications is 2 November 2015.

Chistmas party Booking formFamilies will be entertained by Ditsy Doodles, with a Disco, Games, Prizes, Balloons, Candy Cart, Face painting, a Quiet Area and not forgetting a visit form you know who, plus a gift!

All the activities are suitable for children with additional needs up to the age of 19yrs.

For more details contact Leanne ASAP on:07445 256 741 or email: sunrisechristmasparty@gmail.com

A Useful Website for Knowsley

knowlege is powerHere’s a useful guide to services and organisations in Knowsley.

It’s a website which provides local (to Knowsley) & national information and support for Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Called the Knowsley information Service the website is packed full of information about SEN, advice, guidance, local support for carers & parents, education, employment, housing and learning support….the list goes on.

As the saying goes ‘Knowledge is Power’ and too often we meet local people who are just unaware of services that are available to help.

See what you can find on the site that’s useful and good to know  – for you and your family.

Go to www.knowsleyinfo.co.uk  and if you know of any more useful sites, please get in touch with us!

Onwards and Upwards for Al’s Club!

als clubAl’s Club is a social activity group for young people aged 16 – 30 with disabilities in the Knowsley area.

The group meets at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive in Huyton every Thursday from 6.30 till 8.30pm.

With a small charge of just £2 at Al’s Club you can meet people and make new friends – plus there’s lots to see, do and join in with!

Al’s Club also run a Tweenies session for 0 – 16yrs every Sunday from 11am till 1pm.

For more information contact Debbie on 07939 556 287 or email:  alsclub@hotmail.co.uk

Journey Assistance Cards

journey-assistance-cards-a4_Page_1Heard of Journey Assistance Cards? The cards feature a range of messages that tell bus and train drivers what help you’d like during your journey.

The cards are discreet, easy for you to use and easy for others to understand especially if your disability is hidden.

Just show the card to the driver as well as your travel ticket when boarding the bus. To download the cards please click here

Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Support Service Knowsley

Alcohol support serviceENGAGE Knowsley is a free, friendly and confidential support service for young people aged between 10-18 years, who may have issues with drugs/alcohol.

Engage offers:

  • One to one appointments for young people
  • Group Work (including targeted interventions)
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Support and advice for parents and families
  • Outreach Appointments
  • Support around related areas such as housing, education/training, employment and finances.

Make an appointment

Young people in Knowsley can also refer themselves to the Engage service and Engage accept referrals from most agencies/services working with young people including schools, GPs, housing, youth service.
Call Engage on 0151 546 9557 for more information

Applying for a Blue Badge in Knowsley

blue_badge KnowsleyIf you have a disability which affects your mobility you may qualify for a Blue Badge.

It allows you to park to park in ‘Blue Badge’ parking spaces, even if you aren’t the person driving.

If you meet at least one of the following criteria, you can apply for a Blue Badge:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • You are severely sight impaired (blind)
  • You received a score of 8 points or more under the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payments.
  • You receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • You have had a payment under tariff 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces compensation scheme and are certified as having a permanent and substantial disability likely to last the rest of your life
  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which makes walking difficult or impossible
  • You have a severe upper limb disability in both arms and can drive a vehicle, but can’t turn a steering wheel by hand even if the wheel is fitted with a turning handle
  • You belong to an organisation that uses a vehicle to transport disabled people

Children under 3 may also qualify for a badge if they have a medical condition which means that bulky medical equipment needs to be carried around with them, and / or they need to be near to a car in case they need speedy treatment.

How to apply

Apply in person at any KMBC One Stop Shop.  If this is not possible, please contact Knowsley Council for advice. The fee for a Blue Badge is £10.

You can also download and print off the Blue Badge application form and fill it in beforehand to save time. Otherwise, staff at Knowsley’s One Stop Shop will help you fill in the form when you call in.

You will need to provide:

  • Two passport standard photographs
  • Two forms of identification. One photo ID such as a passport, bus pass or photocard driving licence, and at least one must show your current address and be dated within the last 12 months.
  • Your most recent qualifying benefit award letter (within the last 12 months). See the list of qualifying benefits above.
  • £10 administration fee

Please note, if you apply but do not have a qualifying benefit, you will have to undergo an independent mobility assessment.  Please contact the Council for an application pack to arrange an assessment.

Blue Badge application form

How long your Blue Badge application will take

Knowsley Council will usually order your badge on the day you apply. You should receive it in the post within five working days.

If you are applying for a renewal of your current badge and need a mobility assessment KMBC recommend that you apply at least six weeks before your badge runs out to ensure you receive your new badge in time.

You must fill in the application form and provide the documents requested.  For more information about the blue badge scheme in Knowsley, call 0151 489 6000 or email blue.badge@knowsley.gov.uk.

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