Local services

Transport Charges for Day Services

warningGet in touch with Knowsley Carers Centre, if you care for someone who receives transport to and from day services in Knowsley.

If you have been charged for this service of getting to and from your day centre, Knowsley Carers Centre have some up-to-date information that may benefit anyone currently paying transport charges.

Contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412.

 

Knowsley Wheelchair Service

Wheelchair-Service-KnowsleyKnowsley’s Wheelchair Service is based at The Centre For Independent Living, Unit 11, Brickfields, Huyton Business Park, L36 6HY and  operates a Borough wide service Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.

The service does offer assessments out of these hours to accommodate Knowsley resident’s needs.

An emergency service is also offered by the Wheelchair repairs team, Monday to Friday 4.30pm – 8pm, weekends and bank holidays 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Knowsley’s Wheelchair Service can be contacted on 0151 244 4100

Local Support for Carers

care actFrom April 2015, care and support in England is changing for the better. The new Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.

‘Care and support’ is the term we use to describe the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with friends or family.

If you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.

Supporting you in caring

In England, millions of us provide unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend, either in our own homes or somewhere else. ‘Caring’ for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

If this sounds like you, from April 2015, changes to the way care and support is provided in England mean you may be able to get more help so that you can carry on caring and look after your own wellbeing.

The right help at the right time

You may be eligible for support, such as a direct payment* to spend on the things that make caring easier; or practical support, like arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break. You may prefer just to be put in touch with local support groups so you have people to talk to.

If the person you care for lives in Knowsley, Knowsley Council can help you find the right support and you can ask them for a carer’s assessment.

Assessing your wellbeing

A carer’s assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be at the heart of this assessment. As a result of the assessment, you may be eligible for support. We will also offer you advice and guidance to help you with your caring responsibilities and help you look after your own wellbeing.

You can have a carer’s assessment even if the person you care for does not get any help from the council, and they will not need to be assessed.

To find out more about care and support in England and how you might benefit from the changes, contact The Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600 or email: Knowsley.AccessTeam@knowsley.gov.uk

Alternatively you can contact your local charity the Knowsley Carers Centre, who are on hand to offer expert advice and support to carers 0151 549 1412.

Community Meeting

NEW KULO SMILEY FACE TEALCalling all residents who live in Knowsley that are passionate about disability issues, carers rights, older peoples concerns.

Our next Knowsley User Led Organisation resident group meeting will take place on Thursday 30 April 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11 Brickfields (off Ellis Ashton Street) Huyton L36 6HY.

All residents from across are very welcome to attend and we’ll be discussing (amongst other things) employment support for residents with disabilities and local transport and accessibility issues in Knowsley.

If you would like to find out more information about our community group contact our Angela Cornwall (Chairperson) on 07970 997 337 

Autism Training

Steve Mcg 23-4-15 flyer - KnowsleyFree Autism training is available to unpaid Knowsley carers, families and self advocates. Delivered, as part of a year long community training programme with Merseyside Partners in Policy Making (MPIP).

The Autism Training takes place on Thursday 23 April at the River Alt Resource Centre,  Huyton. From 10am till 4pm.

If you would like to book a place, contact MPIP on 0151 287 7977 or email mpip@btconnect.com

Please note: Lunch will not be provided, but tea and coffee is available.

About the Trainer

Steve is an autism consultant, who is on the autistic spectrum himself. He offers up an interesting first person perspective into Autism. Steve is a father to a young man with autism and a National Councillor and Trustee of the National Autistic Society.

 Aims:

  • Newly Diagnosed
  • Help and Support – What is available
  • Sensory Issues, Behaviour that Challenges, More understanding of autism/apserger syndrome.
  • Strategies

 Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of Autism,
  • Recognise the early signs of anxiety and reactions of the individual with aspergers syndrome.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication strategies and to help diffuse conflict.
  • Factors that escalate hostility and aggression. Actions to avoid when confronted with a distressed person with autism/ aspergers syndrome.
  • Implement coping strategies to manage a variety of settings including the workplace.

Realise through continued development the importance of practising skills to help alleviate the difficulties experienced by individuals with aspergers syndrome.

Plan B Info Session

Plan B info sessionOur Community Group, The Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting  an information session  ‘All about Plan B’ on Friday 27 March from 10.30am at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

It’s an informal opportunity for local carers, parents & young people to find out more details about how to join in, get involved or even volunteer with us.

You’ll also meet Paula & Drew who are residents behind the community led project. If you would like to attend, get in touch with Paula on 07944 340 474 to book a place.

Mobility Roadshow

We’d like to know if any Knowsley residents would be interested in  coming along to the Mobility Roadshow taking place between 25-27 June?

We’re asking because it’s one of the  UK’s largest consumer-focused event organised by registered charity Mobility Choice and it could be an invaluable opportunity for Knowsley residents with limited mobility to go and see (even try out) products and services that are available to help maintain and in some cases achieve greater independence.

It takes place in Donnington Park, Derby and s a community group we could arrange transport to get there, but before we do that we’d like to know if there’s interest from you?

Get in touch with us on 07715 392 158 or email us at hello@kulo.org.uk or go to our Facebook page and leave a comment.

Step Out for Stroke Knowsley

Step-Out-for-Stroke-KnowsleyKnowsley Step Out for Stroke, walking event will take place at 11am at Court Hey Park on 18 May 2015.

The group walk is to raise awareness of the Stroke Association and everyone that attends can take part and walk at their own pace.

If you would like to join in and raise awareness  for a very worthy and local cause please contact The Stroke Association’s Knowsley Coordinator Theresa OSullivan on 0151 529 2210.

Affordable Wheelchair Hire

care-and-repair-wheelchair-hire-300x300Need to hire a wheelchair? Perhaps you or a family member are going on holiday, or on a day trip?  Or you might want try before you buy. Knowsley’s Care & Repair team can help!

They have a variety of wheelchairs that can be hired for a weekly rate of £12.50 or a fortnightly rate of £15 (plus returnable deposit) on either a short or long term basis.

If you decide you want to buy a chair they have a great range of high in quality self-propel or assisted chairs in standard or light-weight models  – approved by Knowsley Wheelchair Service.

Based in the Centre for Independent Living, Ellis Ashton Street,  Huyton. Knowsley’s Care & Repair Team are happy to help you choose a wheelchair that that is right for you  – without the hard sell!

Pop into the  Centre for Independent Living, Monday to Friday or call the Care & Repair Team on 0151 548 6668.

Exercise for over 55’s

Exercise programme for over 55sHere’s news of a brand new FREE exercise programme exclusively for Knowsley residents aged 55 plus.

Delivered by Knowsley Falls and Wellbeing Service, the exercise programme is designed to strengthen muscles and bones, as well as improve your balance and mobility.

If you would like to find out more call the Falls and Wellbeing Service on 0151 244 3362.

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