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Benefit Advice From Knowsley Carers Centre

carers benefits serviceKnowsley Carers Centre have a dedicated Welfare Rights Advisor available to give carers in Knowsley direct and one to one support on benefit and welfare issues.

The Knowsley Carers Centre provide information, support and help to apply for the  the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Carers Allowance (CA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credits (PC) State Pension (SP)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit (UC)

As a carer there are also other benefits you may be able to claim for:

  • Housing Benefit (HB)
  • Council Tax Benefit (CTB)

Due to the high demand for the service can you please provide us with as much notice as possible especially for completing form’s. The welfare benefits service is an appointment only service.

To book an appoinment  0151 549 1412 for more information.

Our Welfare Rights Advisor is available to give support on benefits issues. We can provide more information about the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Carers Allowance (CA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credits (PC) State Pension (SP)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit (UC)

There are other benefits you may be able to claim, for instance:

  • Housing Benefit (HB)
  • Council Tax Benefit (CTB)

To book a one to one appointment call 0151 549 1412 and the Knowsley Carers Centre can also provide a home visit if required.

Plan B – Being Safe Online

plan-b-logo-strapline-smallerAs part of our volunteer led Plan B Programme for Young People with Autism, our community group The Knowsley User Led Organisation delivered a ‘Being Safe Online’ session to our group.

We covered and discussed topics such as secure passwords, how much personal information you want to share with others, limiting risks, fake accounts, what to do if you feel unsafe, but our key message to our Plan B members was ‘YOU ARE IN CONTROL’.

Getting online is an important part of our Plan B programme and is one of the different ways young people can connect to each other. We’ve created a Plan B Knowsley CONNECT group on Facebook and it’ a safe and accessible place for young people with Autism to meet new people and make friends.

With 91% of 16 – 24 year old’s accessing and using social networking sites as well as learning online across the UK, we know the enormous benefits of the internet, but equally and importantly we all know and understand the risks.

Click on this link to download a useful and comprehensive parents guide to Internet Safety for Learning Disabilities and Autism from National Charity Cereba and remember to ‘B’ safe online!

 

A Free Games Design Course

games designFind out how computer games are designed with The Prince’s Trust who are offering FREE spaces for 16 – 25 year olds on the Get Started programme with Games Design (Train 2 Game).

If you are aged 16 – 25 and have a passion for playing games why not look at a career within the gaming industry?

Computer games are the largest multimedia entertainment experience in the world. Did you know leading gaming developers  such as, Rockstar and EA are based in the UK  – it ‘s important that the gaming  industry  discover future talent.

Take part in the Games Design course, which runs from 6– 10 July 2015. From  10am – 4pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street, Liverpool L7 7JA.

Lunch and travel expenses will also be covered!

They’ll also be a Taster Session Wednesday 1 July  3 – 5pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street, Liverpool.

Want to find out more? Contact Darren Hulse from the Princes Trust on 07947856434 or email: Darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk

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

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!

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!

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

Affordable Wheelchair Hire

care-and-repair-wheelchair-hire-300x300Need to hire a wheelchair? Perhaps you or a family member are going on holiday, or on a day trip?  Or you might want try before you buy. Knowsley’s Care & Repair team can help!

They have a variety of wheelchairs that can be hired for a weekly rate of £12.50 or a fortnightly rate of £15 (plus returnable deposit) on either a short or long term basis.

If you decide you want to buy a chair they have a great range of high in quality self-propel or assisted chairs in standard or light-weight models  – approved by Knowsley Wheelchair Service.

Based in the Centre for Independent Living, Ellis Ashton Street,  Huyton. Knowsley’s Care & Repair Team are happy to help you choose a wheelchair that that is right for you  – without the hard sell!

Pop into the  Centre for Independent Living, Monday to Friday or call the Care & Repair Team on 0151 548 6668.

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