Local services

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

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!

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.

Swimming Lessons for Children with Visual Impairments

Free swimming lessonsSt Vincent’s School are delighted to offer free and supported swimming sessions for children with visual impairments (3 – 14yrs).

The swimming sessions will be led by a fully qualified teacher and take place at St Vincent’s School, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby Liverpool L12 9HN.

Dates for swimming sessions are as follows:

10, 17 and 24 June & 1, 8, 15 July from 1 – 3pm. To register your interest please email Office@stvin.com or call 0151 228 9968

Get Started With Football

Everton FC Flyer March 2016 2The Prince’s Trust & Everton in the Community are running a free 4 day football programme for 16 – 25yr olds, who are not in training, education or work.

You’ll learn coaching skills from professional coaches at Everton in the Community, gain a first aid and coaching qualification, meet new people and build your confidence, work with others to complete a group challenge and have a stadium tour of Goodison Park!

The Football programme will cost you nothing and  your travel expenses and lunch will be provided every day.

You will then receive three months support from the Princes Trust to help you move into education, training or employment.

This course will run from 14 to 18 March 2016 at Everton FC and the Powerleague, Liverpool

A taster session is being held on 9 March 2016 meeting at Goodison Park.

If you would like  more information and to book a place Contact Darren Hulse:
Phone or text EVERTON to 07947 856 434 or email: darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk

Be Alert for Fraud in Knowsley

Be AlertMerseyside Police & Knowsley Council Trading Standards are aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Older residents have received phone calls from a caller claiming to be from the GP surgery asking for an appointment to discuss mobility needs.

During the appointment, the person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.

If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.

If anyone has been targeted in this manner please contact Sue Kesler, Trading Standards Section 0151 443 4738.

If you wish to report a scam, rip-off or an issue you are having with a company, product or service, you should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service which provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues and, if necessary, will refer your request to the most appropriate Trading Standards Service for investigation.

Please call the helpline on 0345 4040506 (or 020 8185 0710 from mobiles) or complete their online form at http://tinyurl.com/o43ml43

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.

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