Local services

Onwards and Upwards for Al’s Club!

als clubAl’s Club is a social activity group for young people aged 16 – 30 with disabilities in the Knowsley area.

The group meets at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive in Huyton every Thursday from 6.30 till 8.30pm.

With a small charge of just £2 at Al’s Club you can meet people and make new friends – plus there’s lots to see, do and join in with!

Al’s Club also run a Tweenies session for 0 – 16yrs every Sunday from 11am till 1pm.

For more information contact Debbie on 07939 556 287 or email:  alsclub@hotmail.co.uk

Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings

Mental Health_KULODid you know Healthwatch Knowsley host Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings in Kirkby & Huyton?

They are an opportunity for local people to share experiences (good and bad) of Mental Health services in Knowsley

Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings are open to anyone, including service users, family members and carers.

Upcoming dates are as follows: 

Friday 2 October, 10—12noon, at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby L32 6QG
Friday 6 November, 10—12noon at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton L36 0UX
Friday 4 December, 10 –12noon at Southdene Community Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkby L32 6QG
Friday 15 January 2016, 10—12noon at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton L36 0UX

Please note: venues for the coffee mornings will be alternated between Huyton and Kirkby, and transport is always available on request – just ask!

If you would like more information, please contact Lee-Ann at Healthwatch Knowsley on 0151 449 3954 or e: leeann.danton@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Free Autism Training in Knowsley

Be aware free autism training knowsleyAre you a local business, organisation or community group in Knowsley that wants to have a better understanding about Autism?

Did you know that New Start Living can offer free training for 2 hours for your organisation, group/and or staff members?

For further information please contact Donna Gillespie 07808 845 779 or email: donna.gillespie@newstartliving.co.uk

Knowsley Carers and the Cuts

Knowsley Carers and the cutsOn Wednesday 30 September 10 am- 12pm Knowsley Carers Centre will be hosting a public forum for carers to explore issues and challenges they face.

Knowsley Carers want to hear from you, if you have any issues, questions or concerns  you would like to ask or be raised on your behalf. These questions will be presented to panel of senior Adult Social Care officers at a future event.

In 2014 Knowsley Carers and the Cuts held their very first public forum with representatives from KMBC which gave rise to positive outcomes for local carers and Knowsley Carers Centre, hope to build upon this success.

Knowsley Carers Centre explain that ‘It’s really important that carers attend this meeting to give us a better understanding of the type of issues carers face.’

If you have questions or queries from new care cost increases, transport charges, carers assessments, short breaks for carers……..get in touch.

For more information and to register interest please contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412 before 18 September with your contact details.

Knowsley Falls & Wellbeing Service

Falls and wellbeingKnowsley Falls & Wellbeing is community based service of local health and social care staff providing home based assessments to look at potential causes of falls and fractures.

It’s a free service available to anyone in Knowsley aged 55 and over and they accept referrals from anyone who has fallen or is afraid of falling.

Based at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, call the team on 0151 244 3362 or email fallsand.wellbeing@5bp.nhs.uk

Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Support Service Knowsley

Alcohol support serviceENGAGE Knowsley is a free, friendly and confidential support service for young people aged between 10-18 years, who may have issues with drugs/alcohol.

Engage offers:

  • One to one appointments for young people
  • Group Work (including targeted interventions)
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Support and advice for parents and families
  • Outreach Appointments
  • Support around related areas such as housing, education/training, employment and finances.

Make an appointment

Young people in Knowsley can also refer themselves to the Engage service and Engage accept referrals from most agencies/services working with young people including schools, GPs, housing, youth service.
Call Engage on 0151 546 9557 for more information

Applying for a Blue Badge in Knowsley

blue_badge KnowsleyIf you have a disability which affects your mobility you may qualify for a Blue Badge.

It allows you to park to park in ‘Blue Badge’ parking spaces, even if you aren’t the person driving.

If you meet at least one of the following criteria, you can apply for a Blue Badge:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • You are severely sight impaired (blind)
  • You received a score of 8 points or more under the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payments.
  • You receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • You have had a payment under tariff 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces compensation scheme and are certified as having a permanent and substantial disability likely to last the rest of your life
  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which makes walking difficult or impossible
  • You have a severe upper limb disability in both arms and can drive a vehicle, but can’t turn a steering wheel by hand even if the wheel is fitted with a turning handle
  • You belong to an organisation that uses a vehicle to transport disabled people

Children under 3 may also qualify for a badge if they have a medical condition which means that bulky medical equipment needs to be carried around with them, and / or they need to be near to a car in case they need speedy treatment.

How to apply

Apply in person at any KMBC One Stop Shop.  If this is not possible, please contact Knowsley Council for advice. The fee for a Blue Badge is £10.

You can also download and print off the Blue Badge application form and fill it in beforehand to save time. Otherwise, staff at Knowsley’s One Stop Shop will help you fill in the form when you call in.

You will need to provide:

  • Two passport standard photographs
  • Two forms of identification. One photo ID such as a passport, bus pass or photocard driving licence, and at least one must show your current address and be dated within the last 12 months.
  • Your most recent qualifying benefit award letter (within the last 12 months). See the list of qualifying benefits above.
  • £10 administration fee

Please note, if you apply but do not have a qualifying benefit, you will have to undergo an independent mobility assessment.  Please contact the Council for an application pack to arrange an assessment.

Blue Badge application form

How long your Blue Badge application will take

Knowsley Council will usually order your badge on the day you apply. You should receive it in the post within five working days.

If you are applying for a renewal of your current badge and need a mobility assessment KMBC recommend that you apply at least six weeks before your badge runs out to ensure you receive your new badge in time.

You must fill in the application form and provide the documents requested.  For more information about the blue badge scheme in Knowsley, call 0151 489 6000 or email blue.badge@knowsley.gov.uk.

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.

Plan B – Being Safe Online

plan-b-logo-strapline-smallerAs part of our volunteer led Plan B Programme for Young People with Autism, our community group The Knowsley User Led Organisation delivered a ‘Being Safe Online’ session to our group.

We covered and discussed topics such as secure passwords, how much personal information you want to share with others, limiting risks, fake accounts, what to do if you feel unsafe, but our key message to our Plan B members was ‘YOU ARE IN CONTROL’.

Getting online is an important part of our Plan B programme and is one of the different ways young people can connect to each other. We’ve created a Plan B Knowsley CONNECT group on Facebook and it’ a safe and accessible place for young people with Autism to meet new people and make friends.

With 91% of 16 – 24 year old’s accessing and using social networking sites as well as learning online across the UK, we know the enormous benefits of the internet, but equally and importantly we all know and understand the risks.

Click on this link to download a useful and comprehensive parents guide to Internet Safety for Learning Disabilities and Autism from National Charity Cereba and remember to ‘B’ safe online!

 

Be Alert to Scams

scamIt’s Scams Awareness Month and residents are urged to be on their guard against cons and rip-offs. Around three million people in the UK fall victim to mass-marketing scams every year, costing millions of pounds.

Bogus schemes include fake lotteries and prize draws, investment and PPI scams and get-rich-quick cons.

The scams may be sent through the post, via email and over the phone and often target elderly and vulnerable residents.

Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team has set up a series of secure scam mail bins in different public buildings across the borough for the duration of Scams Awareness Month.

If you have received any suspected scam mail, please drop it into one of the bins and our Trading Standards team will use the information to uncover any scams operating in the area.

You can find a secure scam mail bin at any of the council’s One Stop Shops and at the following community centres:

  • Park Close, Kirkby
  • Fairhaven, Kirkby
  • Cross Street, Kirkby
  • Greenwood Close, Prescot
  • Eaton Street, Prescot
  • Highfields, Prescot
  • South Avenue, Prescot
  • Fairview, Halewood
  • Bluebell Park, Huyton
  • Fieldway Estate, Huyton
  • Fairclough Site, Woolfall Heath, Huyton

Tips for staying safe

  • Never give out your bank account details or other personal information to people you don’t know or trust
  • Never send money to a company you do not know or send money if told to respond quickly or confidentially
  • You can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter and you don’t send money for something a letter claims you have won
  • Don’t reply to emails or letters from strangers even if they seem to know your name
  • Make sure you have up to date computer security including passwords and antivirus software
  • NEVER agree to buy goods and services on the doorstep or as a result of a telephone cold call
  • If something sounds too good to be true it probably is!

If you have any concerns about doorstep crime or scams, ring Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team on 0151 443 4713 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506.

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