Learning Disabilities

Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Survey

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

The charity have just launched Amplified, an exciting national programme funded by NHS England’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme.

They have created three surveys to hear about the ways that young people currently have a say around their mental health, and what young people’s, parents’ and professionals’ views and feelings are on how they should be involved.

The Amplified programme will include a range of support for organisations and professionals working with young people and their families, including practical resources, learning opportunities and the chance to apply for direct advice, guidance and support from the Youth Engagement team at YoungMinds.

They’ll use the information from these surveys to help plan how to develop the participation of young people, parents and carers in all areas of young people’s mental health.

There are three surveys, one for young people, one for parents and carers, and one for professionals (see below).

Here’s how you can help (in three ways!)

Young Minds want to hear the views of as many different young people, parents, carers and professionals as possible, this is why we are sharing this  –  please do your bit, complete and share.

Young Minds say “Your help is vital in making sure we reach as many people as possible, so that we can deliver a programme that is relevant and accessible to all.

Each survey will take around 20 minutes to complete.  Participants can end the survey at any time and can ignore any question they don’t want to answer.  Any information shared in the survey will be used anonymously in reports to NHS England, and informing the content of YoungMinds learning resources for this programme.  Some quotes might be used in reports shared with the public too. Survey participants can also enter a free prize draw to enter £50 of Love to Shop vouchers if they wish.

We know many of our partners work with a diverse range of young people who, as well as being at greater risk of experiencing mental health problems, also face greater barriers in accessing services.

These include young offenders; young carers; young people who are currently or previously in care; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* young people; young people of Black, Asian and other minority ethnicities; young people with disabilities; and unemployed young people.

The survey closes at Friday, 14 April 2017.

www.youngminds.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

Knowsley Library Delivery Service

Knowsley Home library service_KULOIf you live in Knowsley and have an access issue which prevents you from visiting your local library – read on….. Knowsley’s much loved Library Service offer a free home delivery service, straight to your door. You can choose a wide range of books in a variety of different formats to suit your needs including e-books, audio books, large print and DVD’s.

A member of the home delivery service team can arrange with you a one to one visit, to find out in detail what your interests are.

To sign up or for more information about the FREE Home Delivery Service contact 0151 443 4202 or email: diane.rose@knowsley.gov.uk

Did you know there are 5 libraries in Knowsley, along with a mobile library, home delivery and dedicated School Library Service.

Our local libraries across Knowsley have a variety of accessible features and aids including wheelchair access, hearing aid loops, screen reading and magnification software for visually impaired people, textphone, lift, accessible toilets and touchscreen facilities.

To find out more details about your local library contact:

Halewood – 0151 443 2086
The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood L26 9UH

Huyton – 0151 443 3734
Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD

Kirkby – 0151 443 4289
1st Floor, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY

Prescot – 0151 443 5101
Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot L34 5GA

Stockbridge Village – 0151 443 2501
The Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB

Remember if you can’t get to your local library in Knowsley, they can come to you for FREE!

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

Funding Available with Skills for Care

trainingIf you employ your own care and support (an individual employer), you can apply to to Skills for Care  to cover the cost of care related training for yourself and your personal assistant (PA).

Who can apply?

If you receive a direct payment from your local authority, a personal health budget (PHB) or use your own money to employ your own care and support staff, you can apply for this funding.

What can I claim for?

The fund can be used for training to develop you as an employer and to develop the skills of your Personal Assistant.

The fund can cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training.

For more information, please get in touch directly with Skills for Care
0113 2411275 or email funding@skillsforcare.org.uk.

**Not sure what a Direct Payment is? Our community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a Direct Payment Information Session on Wednesday 6 July, 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living – all welcome!**

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

 

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.

FREE Autism Training for Parents & Carers

Flyer - Autism AwarenessAutism Awareness training will take place at Stephenson Resource Centre, Rainhill on 27 & 28 January 2016.

This 2 day workshop covers the intermediate skills and knowledge required by carers & practitioners who have frequent or intensive contact with people with autism or those who spend little time but have high impact on outcomes for people with autism, such as a proportion of staff in all teams and services.

This training is for staff, carers and other professionals working with adults with learning disabilities and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition. This training is free of charge to Parents & Carers. 

You’ll learn:

– to  identify the range of behaviours of  Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).
– see the world from the person with ASC’s point of view and how that creates the difference in how they respond to the world.
– understand the general principles about effective strategies – communication, environments, activity and  reduce stress.

For more information or to book call Learning Disability Training Alliance 0151 495 5302.

Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards 2015

KULO_GroupOur congratulations goes out to all those individuals and local groups in Knowsley who attended Knowsley’s Sports and Cultural Awards presentation evening in October.

We were pleased to be nominated for Knowsley’s Community Group of the Year 2015 and delight on the night to be in good company as well coming third in such a popular and competitive category.

“They are proactive and focus on solutions to make sure any issues and concerns raised can be realistically and practically addressed, changed or enhanced for the better –  for the  benefit of everyone who lives in Knowsley.

It’s through their individual determination, personal challenges & physical barriers faced they as a collective group of local people,working in partnership they really can overcome problems”.

Paula Thompson our KULO Vice chairperson was nominated for her dedicated efforts in the volunteer of the year category and came second.

Paula and Drew Plan BHer nomination was in recognition for her commitment not only to our group, she also coordinates Plan B Knowsley, an innovative social programme for young autistic adults as well as her timeless volunteer efforts for older people’s charity KPAIS and Knowsley Carers Centre.

“Paula is an energetic and passionate person who selflessly champions local people of all abilities to realise their full potential to succeed in life.

Throughout her life she has dedicated her time to advocate equality and rights for local people with disabilities.”

A great night out and look out for next year’s awards –  get nominating!

For more photo’s of the evening click here

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