Disability Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants – A Knowsley Guide

disabled-facilities-grants-knowsley-talkAs part of our user led group activity for local people with disabilities, November’s Public Information Session is a very Knowsley low down on Disabled Facilities Grants. 

Our monthly community talk takes place at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY on Wednesday 2 November 12.30 – 2pm. All welcome

We will be joined by guest speaker Graham Keeling who is part of the Knowsley Council’s Disabled Facility Grants Team, based at the Centre. His talk will answer a lot of common questions we may have, for example who the grants are  for, what they can be used to improve or adapt, is there an eligibility criteria…..and more.

Our community led information sessions are informal and interactive – designed to enable all audience members to ask lots of questions and obtain answers. But if you don’t feel you are able to ask a question at any of our sessions, please speak to one of our group members and we’d be happy to ask a question on your behalf.

Why are we running Public Information Sessions?

We think it’s vital that local disabled people and carers are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available – there’s a lot of changes to taking place and opportunities available that local people just aren’t aware of.

“Being prepared and clued up on things is a big deal for us – and as they say knowledge is power. But it’s knowing what to do with the information, how to find your way around things, what sort of choices you have and who to go to to ask for help (if you need it). This is why we are running these” MO’S

Our past topics for our monthly information sessions include ‘A lowdown on PIP’, ‘Direct Payments’, ‘Carer Assessments’, ‘Power of Attorney’. We also offer you the opportunity for any suggestions you may have on a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions.

If you have something you’d like us to cover or to explore, please do get in touch with us at the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

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.

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.

The Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund provides grants to individuals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

It is able to help with the purchase of specialised equipment and practical forms of treatment.  This includes:

  • Mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters
  • Medical appliances and aids such as hearing aids,nebulisers and computer equipment
  • Therapeutic equipment and treatments such orthopaedic beds,riser/recliner chairs and complementary therapies
  • Home adaptations – walk in showers, access ramps, stair lifts
  • Miscellaneous – washing machines, respite breaks

To apply: Either download an application form or complete the online form on the website.

The Fund is also able to provide grants to registered health charities.

www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org

Heinz Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation

The Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation provides grants for individuals suffering from severe poverty or on-going medical conditions. It will also support victims of domestic abuse.

Grants of £100 to £500 are provided towards hospital travel costs, household items, adaptations or disability equipment. They will not fund holidays or education.

Applications must be made in writing by a recognised professional such a social worker, doctor or Citizen Advice representative who must include the individual’s financial information.

Letters must be addressed to: The Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation, PO Box 327, Hampton, TW12 9DD Telephone: 020 8979 0609 Email: hakf50@hotmail.com

Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trus

The Trust provides grants to help people who are ill, convalescent or disabled.

It currently supports people of all ages with medical conditions, disability or poor health. However, if funding is limited preference with be given to people who have professional, secretarial, or administrative qualifications.

Funding may be provided for a range of medical items and services to improve quality of life. This includes TENS machines, orthopaedic beds, hoists and household items such as washing machines.

Applications should be made by a health professional or social worker on behalf of the client using the Trust’s application form which can be downloaded from their website.

www.fnaist.org.uk

Elizabeth Finn Care

Elizabeth Finn Care provides direct financial support to individuals in need.

It is able to help British and Irish residents who have previously held jobs that required level 4 qualifications and have fallen on hard times through personal events such as family breakdown, redundancy or ill health.

They also help older people with limited pension provision and (ex)spouses/partners of eligible individuals

To find out more information complete the on-line enquiry form.

www.elizabethfinncare.org.uk

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

The Bosher Hinton Foundation makes grants to individuals, or their families in the UK to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties.

It also supports institutions and charities that provide facilities and/or advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs.

To apply: download and application form and return to the Foundation.

www.boshierhintonfoundation.org.uk

Barchester Healthcare Grants

The Barchester Healthcare Foundation supports older people and adults with physical and mental disabilities.

It is able to help individuals with the cost of items that enhance the person’s mobility, independence or quality of life. This may include items such as a wheelchair, stairlift, specialised computer equipment, music lessions and bathroom adaptations.

Grants range from £100 to £5,000.

To apply: either complete the on-line application form or download an application form. All applications must be supported by a thrid party such as a social worker or healthcare professional.

www.bhcfoundation.org.uk

Aids and adaptations

aids and adaptationsIf you live in Knowsley and you have a physical or learning disability, sight or hearing loss, frailty or illness you may be eligible for financial help towards the cost of equipment, home adaptations or other essential items to improve your independence, comfort, safety and quality of life at home.

The Knowsley Access Team is the first point of contact for information and advice on aids and home adaptions.

You can also get support on the amount you may have to pay towards any work undertaken through a Disabled Facilities Grant. We have attached some guidance if you live in Knowsley for applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant DFG Advice Leaflet V3 Dec 2011

For more information contact the Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600.

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