Local services

Your Views on Adult Social Care Services

Your say customer transport in knowsleyHealthwatch Knowsley will be holding a public session on Friday 31st October at the Old School House, St John’s Road, Huyton from  10am-12pm to gather resident views and experiences on Adult Social Care Services in Knowsley.

What is a local account?
As part of Government plans to make local authorities more accountable and transparent to residents, councils produce an annual local account to tell people what their adult social care department is doing. The local account explains how much the Council spends, what it spends money on, what it is doing and future plans for improvements.

Healthwatch Knowsley want to hear your views on:

  • Transition from children to adult services
  • Younger adults
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical disability
  • Learning disability
  • Carers
  • Older people
  • Keeping people safe
  • Things affecting everyone

Healthwatch Knowsley will be asking you  3 big questions:

  1. What’s been good?
  2. What’s improved in the last 12 months?
  3. What needs to improve in 2015?

Healthwatch Knowsley are keen to hear any feedback you have about personal budgets or direct payments and experiences from local people who pay for their own care.

Al’s Club – New Members Welcome

aLS CLUB_NEWJust in case you haven’t heard… Al’s Club is a social, fun and funky activity group for young disabled people in Knowsley.

They meet every Thursday from 6.30 – 8.30pm at the New Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive Huyton L36 6EG.

With a small charge of just £2, parents and carers are welcome too.

Suitable for ages 16 – 30 – all welcome.

Sibling Support in Knowsley

siblingsHave you heard about the free Siblings Service available in Knowsley?

They provide support and weekly activities for brothers and sisters of children with a disability, complex need or life limiting illness.

The siblings service recognise that brothers and sisters of children with disabilities need some time out and a space for them to share their stories and experiences and most of all focusing on enjoying themselves and having fun.

It’s run by an organisation called PSS and the Siblings Service has a range of activities they run for children aged 4 – 19 years in Knowsley including, cookery sessions, sports, group games, discussions, ourdoor pursuits and fun days out.

The friendly team are always open to suggestions and ideas from their young people too!

If you would like to use this service or find out more, get in touch with PSS Siblings Service on 0151 702 5555 or email: siblings@pss.org.uk

Get Started Games Design Programme

Games design_KULO websiteThe Prince’s Trust are offering spaces for the Get Started with Games Design programme.

If you are aged 16 – 25 and have a passion for playing games why not look at a career within the gaming industry?

The Get Started programme  with Game Design offers a unique mix of high quality digital technology and soft skills development.

This inclusive programme aims to engage those furthest from the job market and motivate them to take the first step to increase their confidence, skills and employability and overcome barriers.

The five day programme empowers young people of all abilities to work together to design and build their own computer game which they will showcase to a wider audience. The course will also include:

  • Find out how computer games are designed
  • Games testing
  • Work with experts within this dynamic industry
  • Build your own FPS computer game & format artwork, characters and sound
  • Work on the Unreal Engine that created games such as Quake, Crisis, Timesplitters, Battlefield, Far Cry, etc
  • Receive an inspirational talk and presentation from Sony
  • Build on your personal development and CV experiences
  • Three month One to one support for employment and further education opportunities
  • Lunch & travel provided

Pop along to the Taster day  Wednesday 25th June 2014 3 – 5pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street Liverpool L7 7JA

The Course starts 30th June to 4th July 2014 from 10am – 4pm

Contact Darren from The Prince’s Trust on 07947 856 434 Darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk 

Go Go Gadgets in Knowsley!

GadgetsKnowsley Carers Centre are on hand to help carers in Knowsley get to grips with their gadgets!

Tuesday 10th June, 11 – 2pm carers who are registered with the centre can bring along their iPads, Tablets, Kindles and laptops and take part in an informal IT session with some practical ideas and tips to make life just that bit easier.

Call Knowsley Carers Centre to book your place on 0151 549 1412 and don’t forget refreshments and free transport is available. 

Did you know? Knowsley Carers Centre offer a wide range of training courses and workshops especially for carers. Head to their website www.knowsleycarers.co.uk to find out more.

Bradbury Fields Needs You!

bradburyfieldsCan you help Bradbury Fields services for blind and partially sighted people?

They urgently need volunteer drivers to help transport service users from their homes to the daily Active Vision Clubs and then return them home.

The Active Vision Clubs help to break isolation for people who would otherwise be socially isolated. By attending the clubs, blind and visually impaired people have the opportunity to make friends, enjoy various activities, enjoy the benefit of a delicious freshly made lunch and just have something to look forward to.

If you could spare some time and would like to help please contact Maria Schofield on 0151 221 0888 ext 203 or email: mschofield@bradburyfields.org.uk

Our Big Breakfast Community Meeting

big breakfast_sa (2)Don’t forget you can join us at our Big Breakfast community meeting on Wednesday 14th May from 10.30 – 12.30pm over at the Old Schoolhouse St Johns Road Huyton.

We’re a group of local residents from across Knowsley just trying to make life and day to day living just that little bit better for people of all abilities.

Come along if you can, have a bite to eat and meet some of our fab KULO group members too.

New Cancer Advocacy Service for Older People in Knowsley

KAPISLocal Charity Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy and Information Service (KPAIS) are proud to launch a brand new Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (COPA) service to support residents over 50 living with cancer.

The COPA service will provide independent advocacy, one to one support and help and for anyone over 50 who is affected by cancer in Knowsley.

Cancer can bring bewildering changes to the lives of those diagnosed but can also have a major impact on family, carers and friends.

KPAIS manager Pat McCarthy said “We will be supporting older people affected by cancer to make sure that healthcare professionals, social services, benefits and other agencies understand and respect their wishes.

We’ll support residents who are over 50 in Knowsley affected by cancer to make informed choices and decisions about their treatment and care. We can help residents find out whatever they need to know from information on cancer through to what practical help is available locally”.

If you are over 50, live in Knowsley and need cancer advocacy support or would like to talk to someone about it then please contact COPA lead Valerie McGregor at KPAIS on 0151 449 3706 or email: val.mcgregor@kpais.co.uk

Kirkby Carers Group

Kirkby Carers Social Support_KULOKnowsley Carer’s Centre support a weekly community-led network in Kirkby for carer’s to meet other carers.

If you are registered with the Knowsley Carers Centre you can take part and go along every Thursday evening from 7.30pm at the R.A.F.A Club, Broad Lane Kirkby L32 6QG.

It’s free entry and Knowsley ‘carers and cared for’ are very welcome to go along. You’ll know that your not on your own and there are other people out there just like you.

Do contact the Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412 if you would like to attend – you don’t know what your missing!

Just ask TASK!

task_nHave you asked TASK? It’s a trader approved scheme for older and vulnerable members of our community who live in Knowsley.

Leaky tap, loose drainpipe or wobbly worktop….
If you, your neighbour or elderly family member have had problems in the past finding a reliable and reputable trader to carry out odd jobs or work on your home. Well, I bet you didn’t know TASK are here in Knowsley to help.

Providing you with professional, reliable and trusted to put your mind at ease. For more information please contact TASK on 0151 546 6680 or click here

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