Local services

Changing Places for a Better Knowsley

Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living (CIL) has been praised for installing a designated Changing Places facility.

The Centre for Independent Living, based in Huyton provides essential services to help people maintain their independence and mobility, which are delivered by local partners.

To further support the people of Knowsley, a Changing Places facility has been installed, becoming only one of five in the borough. The facility is for people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound physical and learning disabilities, such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. The extra equipment and space allows them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

There was an official grand opening of the Changing Places Toilet facility on Wednesday 20 December, which was well attended by staff from the Trust and Knowsley’s User Led Organisation. Features of the new facility include:

  • Bench – height adjustable, adult sized, wall mounted
  • Hoist – ceiling, loop
  • Peninsular toilet
  • Non slip floor
  • Floor space 7sq. m
  • Emergency alarm
  • Privacy screen
  • Paper roll
  • Managed
  • Locked

Paula Thompson, Chair of Knowsley’s User Led Organisation said: “Our community is delighted to see that Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living now has an official Changing Places facility. We’d like to thank the team from North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for installing this facility, which is nationally recognised with Changing Places.”

Sara Harrison, Head of Service for the Centre of Independent Living, said:

“This facility is a small step to help make life a bit easier for local people and their carers who can’t access standard accessible toilets. It’s located downstairs in the reception area and joins another four designated Changing Places in Knowsley – may there be many more”.

To find out more about the Centre for Independent Living in Knowsley and how to access support, visit: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/independent-living

A useful national map of Changing Places facilities is also available to help people plan their journey anywhere in the UK at: http://changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org/

A Disability Access Guide for Knowsley

DisabledGo and Knowsley Council are celebrating the launch of an online Access Guide to Knowsley.

The online Knowsley guide includes detailed access information for over 600 public venues across the area including shops, local parks, Council offices, libraries and leisure centres.

The aim of the Knowsley guide is to give you information so that you can make up your own mind whether a venue is right for you and not to attempt to judge a venue’s accessibility on your behalf.

DisabledGo say “Some of the venues on website are better suited to your individual needs than others, depending on your personal circumstances. After all, it can be just as important to know that somewhere is not adequately accessible as to know that it is. No one likes a wasted journey”.

Click here  to view the Knowsley Centre for Independent Centre listing which describes your journey to and through the centre, featuring useful things like open/closing times, accessible toilet details, parking facilities, changes to floor levels within the centre, hearing assistance system and much more to help you plan your journey.

The DisabledGo website also covers accessible places and venues to go to across the UK, try a search for yourself at www.disabledgo.com

Care Workers for Change Comes to Knowsley

Care Workers for Change is a national campaign from Unison, which is demanding dignity in social care through fair funding of care services, decent jobs in the care sector, and quality of local care services.

We were delighted as a grassroots community organisation in Knowsley to meet local representatives from Unison’s Nation campaign, who told us more about their work and why they were doing it.

We also told them about our first hand experiences of care and access to decent care along with our hopes, desires and aspirations for a fairer future.

Care Workers for Change want to meet more grassroots Knowsley community organisations and groups just like ours and they can tell your group about their campaign – you’ll also be able to share your experiences of care with them. last week the campaign members also met with the The Big Help Project and Halewood Town Council.

Maybe as a community, if we can all get behind this, our council & Knowsley CCG could endorse this campaign and really think twice about the ethics of care sector companies they buy in to deliver care services on our behalf in Knowsley.

In the meantime why not sign the Care Workers for Change  community pledge and let them know how you might be able to give active support to this vital campaign.

Why not get in touch with the campaign via their official Facebook Page, search Careworkersforchange or sign the petition to your councilor here: http://www.unisonnw.org/dignity

Plan B Goes Green

If you didn’t know Plan B Knowsley is a community led social programme for adults with Autism between 18 – 30yrs.

Paula & Drew Thompson who run the Plan B programme will be going green (along with our Plan B members) over the next few months as Plan B has been nominated by members of the local community to take part in Asda Huyton’s Green Token charity giving scheme throughout the months of March and June 2017.

Each customer who shops at Asda Huyton receives a Green Token at the checkout (when requested) to pop into the charity box of their choice on their way out of the store.  At the end of June the Green Tokens are added up and the good cause with the most Tokens receives £500 and 2nd and 3rd place receive £200 from the Asda Foundation, which is fantastic news for Plan B.

The next time your in Asda Huyton, don’t forget to ask for green tokens and to pop them into the Plan B Knowsley box to support our continued activities and support for our 18 strong members – as well as parents and carers.

Want to know more about Plan B? Contact Paula on 07944 340 474 or email: planb@kulo.org.uk

You can also like the official Plan B Facebook page @PlanBKnowsley

Feel Good Every Wednesday

Every week our disability community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation deliver FREE and feel good sessions for local people called Really Useful Wednesday’s, from 10am – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton. 

Our community sessions are very much practical, craft based and extremely creative. We’ve made lots of different handcrafted items for ourselves as well as in and outside of the home including, picture frames, bird boxes, cushions, draft excluder’s, coasters, dream catchers, neck & hand warmers and snoods.

We’ve also tried out and tested a huge variety of art and craft techniques including, decoupage, pottery, sewing, water colour, knitting, bead work, relief printing and stenciling.

In addition, if you would like to ‘have a go’ and run one or two of our activities we’d really welcome that. We can provide you with a small budget for materials as well as practical support to help you plan to deliver your workshop.

For more info about leading a Really Useful Wednesday session contact our Support worker Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Some examples of workshops delivered by community members include candle making, creative writing, bird feeders, jewellery making and decorative outdoor garden pots.

Our Really Useful Wednesday’s are accessible and very social too – and if there’s anything you need us to do or put in place before you attend, please let us know and we’ll do our very best so that you can fully enjoy every session and actively take part.

There’s not need to book a place just pop in any Wednesday morning and get busy with us!

Please note our Really Useful activities change on a regular basis – so if you would like to know what we’re up to next week or in future weeks get in touch with Nancie on 07715 392 158 e:hello@kulo.org.uk .

You can also follow our weekly community led craft activities on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/JoinKnowsleyULO

Hey, we should also say that we do have surplus items which have been handmade by our weekly group members and we have put those on display at the centre in exchange for a donation. All monies that we raise from this will go directly back into our weekly sessions.

There’s Local Help to Get Online in Knowsley

If you or anyone you know needs help with getting online you can take part in FREE learning ‘how to’ sessions with Knowsley FACE

Whether your searching for jobs, Setting up an email account, Learning how to use an app, Completing application forms, Accessing the internet, Filling out benefit forms or Uploading your CV.

Knowsley FACE has friendly and supportive local tutors will help you to:

  • Develop your skills to become more confident in using computers, laptops or tablet devices
  • Access forms you need
  • Protect yourself on the internet
  • Access other training and support you may need including support with English and Maths or progression to accredited courses such as Functional Skills ICT or ECDL

The amount of time you choose to attend sessions depends on what you want/need to learn and don’t worry there are no exams or tests!

FREE Digital skills sessions take place right across Knowsley.

Halewood Library, Mondays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Huyton Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Stockbridge Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Prescot Library, Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Kirkby Library, Friday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Roby Hub (Age UK), Tuesdays 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Mackets Education Centre, Halewood, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm

St John’s Infozone, Huyton, Wednesdays, 9.30am – 12.00pm and Thursday 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

The Gate, Page moss, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm and Thursday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Knowsley FACE provides the digital skills sessions in partnership with Knowsley Library Service and other community based organisations.

For more details on the service or to book a place on the sessions, call 0151 443 2026/2052/2066/2067

Knowsley Community Messaging Service

Knowsley Community Messaging Service is a good way to start keeping up to date with local services/events/alerts and useful information in Knowsley – it’s also a handy little way to share information with other residents too.

Residents in Knowsley can choose to receive local info via text messaging email or a voicemail.

You can sign up for FREE today by clicking this link  which will take you to a contact details sheet – you are only a few steps away from receiving regular information from local partners including Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council, NHS Knowsley and more!

The service is also good for any local community organisations, groups who want to share activities, raise awareness of neighbourhood events or community information days.

The Community Messaging Service is  always open to suggestions of how their service could be improved, if you have an idea you’d like to share  you can email directly to community.messaging@knowsley.gov.uk

For more information about the Knowsley Community Messaging Service please contact 0151 443 2498

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Guide

Leading national charity Disability Rights UK have a produced a FREE downloadable guide about how to apply to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Personal independence payment (PIP) is a new benefit for people who need help taking part in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaces disability living allowance for people between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive. In 2012, there were over 3 million DLA claimants in the UK; the Government estimates 600,000 fewer disabled people will qualify for PIP by 2018.

Disability Rights UK has produced a guide to help you through the claiming process. The guide covers information on:

  • The PIP rules
  • The scoring system
  • The activities and descriptors
  • Filling out the claim form
  • Keeping a diary
  • The face to face consultation with a healthcare professional
  • What to do if you are not happy with your decision
  • Further help and information

Please click on this link below and download the guide for FREE in word.

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming before March 16 2017

An easy read version is also available:

PIP Easy Read Version

Note: The rules for PIP have been amended (from 16 March 2017). If you make a claim on or after this date please click on this updated guide below:

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming on or after 16 March 2017

A hard copy of the guide is also available to purchase for £4, click here to order. 

We know first hand that this is a stressful process to go through and please remember there is one to one help available locally across Knowsley to guide you through the process. Here’s just a couple…

Prescot and Whiston Community Advice Centre
T: 0151 443 4639
E:prescotadvice@btinternet.com
www.prescotadvice.btck.co.uk

 

Knowsley Citizen’s Advice
T: 0344 826 9694
E: advice@knowsleycab.org.uk
www.citizensadviceknowsley.org.uk

FREE Accessible and Healthy Cooking Sessions

If you have a disability or long term illness you’ll know how hard it is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and stop the pounds from piling on. Why not join us in 2017 for one of our Healthy Cooking sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our first community session for 2017 starts on Monday 16 January 2017, 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Our accessible and inclusive 4 week programme isn’t  just about ‘learning how to cook’, each week you are tasked and challenged to prepare a meal which helps to develop individual skills, confidence, knowledge and independence around preparing food, healthier eating, cooking on a budget and the importance of food hygiene.

Importantly to us as a group of local people with disabilities, our sessions are designed to be friendly, informal and social – because we know food (and eating it!) is a great way to bring people together.

Family members, carers and support workers are welcome to join in too.

So if you’ve started your new year with a few extra lumps and bumps from all the Christmas excess and want to get involved and learn about some easy changes you can do when preparing meals at home, contact Nancie to book a FREE place on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY DIETARY OR ACCESS REQUIREMENTS BEFOREHAND SO YOU CAN TAKE PART AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

NHS Continuing Healthcare Useful Info

Heard about NHS Continuing Healthcare? If you (or a relative) need full time care and you have a certain level of savings/assets, you’ll probably be told to pay. 

But if you have health needs you should first be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, which is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over arranged and funded solely by the NHS.

In order to receive NHS CHC funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) according to a legally prescribed decision making process to determine whether the individual has a ‘primary health need’.

NHS England have produced a short information video about the topic (below) and the Department of Health have produced a fact sheet – click here. 

A brilliant online information resource all about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding in England is Care To Be Different. Which was set up by Angela Sherman after her own parents’ experience of the UK care system.

“Whether or not you pay for care does NOT depend on your money. It depends on your care needs only. It doesn’t matter how much money you do or don’t have. Be sure to get properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Our website provides lots of information to help you”.

She developed the website as a specialist information resource, providing practical information about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and other care matters. It can help families:

  • apply for NHS Continuing Heatlhcare funding – and appeal decisions that deny funding
  • understand what really goes on in Continuing Healthcare assessments and how to fight your relative’s corner
  • make a better decision when choosing a care home
  • prevent an elderly relative being discharged from hospital before being properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

Do take a look at the website which features, frequently asked questions, case studies as well as questions you may need to ask.

We at Knowsley’s User Led Organisation would also like to host a public information session on this topic and invite a local representative from Knowsley’s CCG to give an overview/lowdown on Continuing Healthcare – we’ll keep you posted on the date that we run this – it’ll be well worth getting along to!

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