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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Funding for Knowsley Community Groups

community fundingWe know our communities in Knowsley come up with the brightest ideas and solutions to make a big difference in their own neighbourhoods.  So make sure you don’t miss this!

It’s news of a brand new fund to boost health in Knowsley.

Hosted by Knowsley CVS  you’ll find out about a new grant which will be opened on 1 December 2014 commissioned by Knowsley’s Public Health Team.

If you are a community, resident or volunteer  group  interested to hear more call Knowsley CVS 0151 489 1222 or you can book a place on an info session below:

19th November –  9.30 am t0 12.30 pm – The Old School House, Huyton – or book here

Don’t worry if you can’t make the session, give Knowsley CVS a call and they will arrange a one to one session with you.

Help with Transport Costs

learning_Sheila Kay fundIf your lucky enough to be starting a course or learning opportunity, or even if your thinking about applying.

Don’t let transport costs get in your way or put you off. We met Gill from the Sheila Kay fund today who can help you with the cost of getting from A to B.

The Sheila Kay fund can also provide book tokens for your learning resources.

Call Gill Gargan (Monday & Thursdays) on 0151 702 5545 or go to the Sheila Kay website to find out more.

A Healthy Funding Opportunity

Health Grants KnowsleyKnowsley’s Public Health Team invite communities from across the Borough to apply for up to £1,000 Small Grants for Health.

It’s a great opportunity for resident groups across Knowsley to make a positive difference to health.

Does your group have a good idea that will encourage Knowsley residents to:

–  eat more healthily

–  be more physically active

– reduce smoking and  promote smoke free environments

– reduce alcohol misuse and the promote responsible drinking

Contact Emma Thomas 0151 443 4987 from Knowsley’s Public Heath Team for an application pack or email

*Please note the criteria for the Small Health Grants will change in the near future, so if you have an idea for a project which will fit the above criteria – you don’t have long! Completed applications need to be with Emma for Friday 9th May.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

warmer homesYou could get £135 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme (benefit eligibility applies).

It’s well worth going through the checklist to see if you qualify

Knowsley launches a search for innovators

Local and international maverick thinkers are being urged to share their ideas on helping women and their families to have a positive experience of pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby.

The competition, thought to be the first of its kind in health and social care, is looking for new approaches to helping families give the best possible start to their children.

It is being supported by the North West Social Value Foundation – an independent think tank- and will be managed by Salford based social enterprise Unlimited Potential using national funding. The competition is being spearheaded by Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist women’s health and maternity care and is backed by local community leaders.

The competition acknowledges that people are experts in their own lives and can often come up with new and radically different ways to tackle problems. It will build on the strengths and social relationships that already exist within local neighbourhoods to enable families to have greater control over their own lives. It is also looking for ideas that can be replicated across the country.

The competition is open to local people including families themselves, as well as people from any walk of life such as artists, technologists, scientists, engineers, students or business people. The competition recognises that people from different backgrounds and with different experiences and skills may be able to offer fresh eyes. It is being advertised on the internet to encourage international ideas alongside local ones.

As well as cash prizes of £1000 for the best ideas, it is an opportunity for anyone with a passion for improving people’s lives to see their idea potentially taken up and implemented.

Three big problems in the NHS in the North West will be tackled in Salford, Knowsley and Wirral. Mike Pyrah, who leads on this work for the Social Value Foundation said ‘We want to hear from local people who understand their communities best and know what will work and what won’t. If you are sat there thinking, why don’t they do such and such, now is the time to tell us.’

Local leaders at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust have already recognised that they need to think differently about how they deliver services.

Gail Naylor, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at the Trust who is helping to lead the work said: ‘We need to be looking at the whole person and the community in which they live and not just maternity care. We want to hear from individuals about the positive aspects of their lives and not just the negatives or problems.  We think our community holds the key to this.’

Anyone who is interested in applying is invited to visit the website for a downloadable application form, or can contact the project manager Heather Henry on Tel 07941790670. The closing date for applications is 26th September 2013 at 5pm.

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