Community activity

Bradbury Fields Active Vision Centre

Bradbury-Fields_activities_KULO websiteIf you have a visual impairment or sight loss and would like to meet other people who have sight loss, then you might like to attend the Active Vision Centre.

Based in Youens Way, Liverpool L14 2EP.  The Active Vision Centre has holistic therapies, exercise classes, entertainment and weekly social activities in an suitable environment for anyone with a visual impairment.

Did you know that Bradbury Fields operates a dedicated Visual Impairment Service for anyone who lives in Knowsley?

The friendly team are based in the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living and provide rehabilitation, information and advice to local people who are blind or partially sighted.

For more information about Bradbury Fields Services for visually impaired people in Knowsley contact 0151 244 4094.

A Brand New Knowsley Wheelchair Service Patient Forum

Knowsley Wheelchair Service_KULOThe Knowsley Wheelchair Service would like to hear your views about their service.

The Wheelchair Service Team would like local people in Knowsley to be involved in their brand new Wheelchair User Patient Forum at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

As a wheelchair user, can you spare a few hours to share your views and feedback which will help improve their services directly to Knowsley residents?

Do you have ideas and opinions which can make the service the very best it can be for local people?

For more information about how to get involved get in touch with Maria or Vikki on 0151 244 4100 or E: centreforindependentliving@5bp.nhs.uk

September Public Information Session at the CIL

image1The Knowsley User Led Organisation host monthly public information sessions in the showroom area at the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), Huyton.

The information sessions are open for anyone to attend and are hosted by local disability group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation. Topics and discussions are aimed at people with disabilities as well as carers & family members.

The next topic is ‘Getting the best from your carer’s assessment’. Taking place on Wednesday 7 September 12.30 – 2pm at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living.Whether you are applying for the first time for a carers assessment or you are due an annual review of your carers assessment, this session is aimed at helping you maximise your entitlements.

Future topics include ‘What is Power of Attorney’ and ‘Personal Health Budgets’.

For more info contact Jim 07712 889 302.

Knowsley’s Handy Little Book of Information

A handy little book for KnowsleyKnowsley Older People’s Voice have launched a handy little book packed full of local information for people of all ages who live in Knowsley.

The original version of the information booklet called the Knowsley OOPs Book was produced back in 2005 and proved very popular with its target audience – the older residents of Knowsley.

Not surprisingly, the handy little book became a key resource for health and social care professionals across the borough of Knowsley.

The brand new 2016 version, called Outreach for Our People has been updated and refreshed. This edition also reflects changes that have taken place in local statutory service provision in Knowsley as well as details of new services available.

Download your copy of the handy little book by clicking here!
The information booklet is available in both printed and digital versions, but Knowsley Older People’s Voice added “We would encourage, wherever possible, those who are able to access the digital version to do so, and to consider passing your printed copy to someone who could use it. This will preserve limited stocks of the printed booklet for those who really need it”.

Printed copies will be available at Knowsley’s One Stop Shops as well as local libraries.

Halewood One Stop Shop
The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, Knowsley L26 9UHPrescot
One Stop Shop
The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, L34 5GA
Huyton One Stop Shop
Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley L36 9YU
Kirkby One Stop Shop
The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY

For more information about the handy little information book please contact David Aspin, Knowsley Older People’s Voice on 0151 449 3954 or email: admin@kopv.org.uk

Personal Independence Payment Information Session

Guide to PIP_2016A Useful Guide to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is the hop topic for our August Information Session.

Members for our disability community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of public information sessions in 2016 on topics and issues we as local people with disabilities would like to know more in depth & in detail about.

Our next information session, covering Personal Independent Payments  takes place on Wednesday 3 August, 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, L36 6HY.

It’s important to our group, that local people with disabilities living in Knowsley are equipped with clear information and facts about Personal Independence Payments, not only to help themselves live happy & healthy lives but also any information that learned on the day can be shared with other people in Knowsley.

We think it’s vital that disabled 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.

From PIP, Direct Payments, Personal Health Budgets, Carers Assessments, Power of Attorney….if  you have a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions or how you can get involved with the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Jim on 07712 889 302 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Don’t forget we’ll also be hosting a Direct Payments Information session on Wednesday 6 July 12.30 – 2pm, at the Knowsley Independent Living Centre, in partnership with local charity Knowsley Disability Concern.

Further information about Personal Independence Payments can be found by clicking the following website links:

www.gov.uk

www.disabilityrightsuk.org

www.nhs.uk

www.motability.co.uk

A New Disability Access Guide for Knowsley

Disabled go_KULODisabledGo is a free accessibility checking website where you can find information for places to go across the UK and Republic of Ireland including hotels, restaurants, shops, cinemas, libraries and more. Most importantly, every single venue on our website has been visited in person by one of our highly trained DisabledGo surveyors.

Knowsley Council and Disabled Go will be holding consultation events for disabled people, older people, carers and disability organisations to seek your views on the new access guide coming to Knowsley.

The DisabledGo project provides in-depth online access information for 700 venues across Knowsley including shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, libraries, parks, and many more which will be available as an on online guide.

The access guide helps increase independence and choice for Disabled people. By providing detailed information on the access features of venues and public spaces Disabled people can make an informed judgment about the suitability of access.

Disabled Go need Disabled people to help identify a range of places and spaces across Knowsley to include in the access guide.

They are holding three consultations for disabled people, parents of disabled children, older people and carers giving them a perfect opportunity to contribute to the project.

If you are interested in work experience opportunities, please stay behind to have a chat with the DisabledGo staff member or click this Work Experience Specification document. The work experience opportunity will involve helping a DisabledGo surveyor collect the factual information publish on the DisalbedGo website.

More information will be given on the day with a short presentation.

When and where?

Wednesday 29th June 10:30am – 12:30pm  

The big hall at the Old Schoolhouse, St. Johns Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 0UX

Wednesday 29th June 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, L32 8SA

Thursday 30th June 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Halewood Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TE

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.

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!

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