Local support groups

A Brand New Knowsley Wheelchair Service Patient Forum

Knowsley Wheelchair Service_KULOThe Knowsley Wheelchair Service would like to hear your views about their service.

The Wheelchair Service Team would like local people in Knowsley to be involved in their brand new Wheelchair User Patient Forum at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

As a wheelchair user, can you spare a few hours to share your views and feedback which will help improve their services directly to Knowsley residents?

Do you have ideas and opinions which can make the service the very best it can be for local people?

For more information about how to get involved get in touch with Maria or Vikki on 0151 244 4100 or E: centreforindependentliving@5bp.nhs.uk

September Public Information Session at the CIL

image1The Knowsley User Led Organisation host monthly public information sessions in the showroom area at the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), Huyton.

The information sessions are open for anyone to attend and are hosted by local disability group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation. Topics and discussions are aimed at people with disabilities as well as carers & family members.

The next topic is ‘Getting the best from your carer’s assessment’. Taking place on Wednesday 7 September 12.30 – 2pm at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living.Whether you are applying for the first time for a carers assessment or you are due an annual review of your carers assessment, this session is aimed at helping you maximise your entitlements.

Future topics include ‘What is Power of Attorney’ and ‘Personal Health Budgets’.

For more info contact Jim 07712 889 302.

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

Personal Independence Payment Information Session

Guide to PIP_2016A Useful Guide to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is the hop topic for our August Information Session.

Members for our disability community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of public information sessions in 2016 on topics and issues we as local people with disabilities would like to know more in depth & in detail about.

Our next information session, covering Personal Independent Payments  takes place on Wednesday 3 August, 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, L36 6HY.

It’s important to our group, that local people with disabilities living in Knowsley are equipped with clear information and facts about Personal Independence Payments, not only to help themselves live happy & healthy lives but also any information that learned on the day can be shared with other people in Knowsley.

We think it’s vital that disabled 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.

From PIP, Direct Payments, Personal Health Budgets, Carers Assessments, Power of Attorney….if  you have a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions or how you can get involved with the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Jim on 07712 889 302 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Don’t forget we’ll also be hosting a Direct Payments Information session on Wednesday 6 July 12.30 – 2pm, at the Knowsley Independent Living Centre, in partnership with local charity Knowsley Disability Concern.

Further information about Personal Independence Payments can be found by clicking the following website links:

www.gov.uk

www.disabilityrightsuk.org

www.nhs.uk

www.motability.co.uk

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

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice

Knowsley parent carers voiceKnowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV) is an independent, parent-carer led group developed to support local families & carers of children with additional needs in Knowsley.

The group are hosting their first official Coffee & Cake event in February and it’s your chance as a parent to share and raise issues that matter to you most.

KPCV will be working in partnership with local disability service providers in Knowsley to raise awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved as well as sharing the daily issues faced by children, parents , carer’s and families as a whole.

The Coffee & Cake event will take place Thursday 4 February from 12 – 2.30pm at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton L36 0UX.

KPCV have also launched their official Facebook Page – search for Knowsley Parent Carers Voice, like the page to keep up to date with parent/carer news, views and issues.

https://www.facebook.com/knowsleypcv/timeline

ADHD Knowsley Support Group

ADHD Support Group for KnowsleyA brand new ADHD support group has been set up by local parents in Knowsley.

They meet every month at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby.

Local mum Sharon, who has helped to set up the group explained “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is quite a common condition and we just wanted to set something up for local parents to be able to meet other parents who are bringing up a child or caring for an adult with ADHD.

We hope though our group, local parents will be able to offer practical and emotional support to each other as well as exchange information on a regular basis, all based on our own personal experiences as parents“.

The next ADHD Support Group meetings are Thursday 18 February 10.30 – 12.30pm and Thursday 24 March 10.30 – 12.30pm at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, Bewley Drive, Kirkby.

For more information about the ADHD Support Group contact Sharon on 07960 717 277.

 

 

 

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.

Cooking Sessions at the CIL

KULO COOKERY POSTER_2016Our group members at the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting free Cookery Sessions in 2016.

Our sessions will take place every Monday from 10 – 12pm at the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), Huyton and are available to anyone who lives in Knowsley.

“I can’t wait to start, I just need some new ideas for things to make and knowing what healthy choices I can make to the food I prepare.  I like cooking for myself but I get tired of making and eating the same old things”, say’s Drew, who has booked a place for the weekly cooking sessions.

Our Cookery Sessions are fully accessible and inclusive and will take place in the CIL showroom kitchen area, which has been designed for people with a wide range of disabilities.

With limited places available, we’d like to continue to make these sessions happen at the centre throughout March and April 2016.

To book a place, please contact Jim on 07712 889 302 and don’t forget if you have any access requirements to enable you to take part, let us know.

No culinary experience is necessary!

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