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Getting Festive with Really Useful Wednesdays

Knowsley’s User Led Organisation (KULO) will be hosting Christmas themed Eco Creative Craft Workshops at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living in the lead up to this year’s festive break, 2018.

As part of our disability community group’s weekly Really Useful Wednesday sessions (10 -12pm), the group will be working with Gordon from Knowsley Council’s Ranger Service to create a series of eco friendly and locally sourced Christmas Decorations.

After a recent visit to Stadt Moers Countryside Park in Whiston, KULO group members foraged and harvested locally source materials including an Ash tree to be used as part of our accessible weekly sessions.

One KULO group member commented “It was a bit chilly, but good fun to get out and about in the park and work with the local ranger. We then went back to the environmental centre and we warmed up straight away because we all had a go and cut the wood up with a bow saw. I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ll make over the next few weeks now”.

If you would like to take part in KULO’s Festive Really Useful Wednesday sessions they take place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living on Wednesday 28 November, 5 & 12 December 10 – 12pm. No need to book, but get in touch with Support Worker Nancie Price hello@kulo.org.uk if you have any support or access requirements to enable you to fully take part.

KULO welcomes local people with disabilities as well as those caring for someone with a disability.

Changing Places for a Better Knowsley

Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living (CIL) has been praised for installing a designated Changing Places facility.

The Centre for Independent Living, based in Huyton provides essential services to help people maintain their independence and mobility, which are delivered by local partners.

To further support the people of Knowsley, a Changing Places facility has been installed, becoming only one of five in the borough. The facility is for people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound physical and learning disabilities, such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. The extra equipment and space allows them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

There was an official grand opening of the Changing Places Toilet facility on Wednesday 20 December, which was well attended by staff from the Trust and Knowsley’s User Led Organisation. Features of the new facility include:

  • Bench – height adjustable, adult sized, wall mounted
  • Hoist – ceiling, loop
  • Peninsular toilet
  • Non slip floor
  • Floor space 7sq. m
  • Emergency alarm
  • Privacy screen
  • Paper roll
  • Managed
  • Locked

Paula Thompson, Chair of Knowsley’s User Led Organisation said: “Our community is delighted to see that Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living now has an official Changing Places facility. We’d like to thank the team from North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for installing this facility, which is nationally recognised with Changing Places.”

Sara Harrison, Head of Service for the Centre of Independent Living, said:

“This facility is a small step to help make life a bit easier for local people and their carers who can’t access standard accessible toilets. It’s located downstairs in the reception area and joins another four designated Changing Places in Knowsley – may there be many more”.

To find out more about the Centre for Independent Living in Knowsley and how to access support, visit: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/independent-living

A useful national map of Changing Places facilities is also available to help people plan their journey anywhere in the UK at: http://changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org/

Feel Good Every Wednesday

Every week our disability community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation deliver FREE and feel good sessions for local people called Really Useful Wednesday’s, from 10am – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton. 

Our community sessions are very much practical, craft based and extremely creative. We’ve made lots of different handcrafted items for ourselves as well as in and outside of the home including, picture frames, bird boxes, cushions, draft excluder’s, coasters, dream catchers, neck & hand warmers and snoods.

We’ve also tried out and tested a huge variety of art and craft techniques including, decoupage, pottery, sewing, water colour, knitting, bead work, relief printing and stenciling.

In addition, if you would like to ‘have a go’ and run one or two of our activities we’d really welcome that. We can provide you with a small budget for materials as well as practical support to help you plan to deliver your workshop.

For more info about leading a Really Useful Wednesday session contact our Support worker Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Some examples of workshops delivered by community members include candle making, creative writing, bird feeders, jewellery making and decorative outdoor garden pots.

Our Really Useful Wednesday’s are accessible and very social too – and if there’s anything you need us to do or put in place before you attend, please let us know and we’ll do our very best so that you can fully enjoy every session and actively take part.

There’s not need to book a place just pop in any Wednesday morning and get busy with us!

Please note our Really Useful activities change on a regular basis – so if you would like to know what we’re up to next week or in future weeks get in touch with Nancie on 07715 392 158 e:hello@kulo.org.uk .

You can also follow our weekly community led craft activities on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/JoinKnowsleyULO

Hey, we should also say that we do have surplus items which have been handmade by our weekly group members and we have put those on display at the centre in exchange for a donation. All monies that we raise from this will go directly back into our weekly sessions.

Take Part in a National Survey of Housing for Disabled People

The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to understand whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing and support services around it, fulfils disabled people’s rights to live independently.

They want to hear from YOU –  your views and experiences. This includes the effect it has on disabled people’s choice and control over housing  and your right to independent living.

We know as a community group accessible housing for people with disabilities in Knowsley is few and far between and any new homes should be homes built for life, to accommodate an individuals need and circumstances throughout life.  We also know that lots of young people with disabilities in Knowsley aspire to have a place of their own – not just a flat in shared supported living – we want to have more choice and a range of homes for local people pf all ages with disabilities and long term health conditions.

There are three questionnaires, one for each group of interest they would really like to hear from, please click on the appropriate link below which will take you to the survey.

The closing date for questionnaires  to be submitted is 23:59 on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The information you give to The Equality and Human Rights Commission will form an important part of the evidence they will consider for their formal inquiry into housing and disability.

About the inquiry

In spring 2017, The Equality and Human Rights Commission will carry out a survey of all local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland. They expect the formal response from local authorities to be provided by the survey.

Individuals working for local authorities may wish to complete the housing provider’s questionnaire, giving a personal response based on their experience.

Please only complete the questionnaire that is relevant to you and only complete the questions that are relevant to your situation.

Download the easy read version of the survey (Word), complete and either email to:

EHRCHousingInquiry@equalityhumanrights.com

Or post, using their FREE post address:

Freepost EHRC

This is all you need to put on the envelope for us to receive your response.

You can also contribute to the survey by telephone –  leaving a message via voicemail to: 0161 829 8878

There’s Local Help to Get Online in Knowsley

If you or anyone you know needs help with getting online you can take part in FREE learning ‘how to’ sessions with Knowsley FACE

Whether your searching for jobs, Setting up an email account, Learning how to use an app, Completing application forms, Accessing the internet, Filling out benefit forms or Uploading your CV.

Knowsley FACE has friendly and supportive local tutors will help you to:

  • Develop your skills to become more confident in using computers, laptops or tablet devices
  • Access forms you need
  • Protect yourself on the internet
  • Access other training and support you may need including support with English and Maths or progression to accredited courses such as Functional Skills ICT or ECDL

The amount of time you choose to attend sessions depends on what you want/need to learn and don’t worry there are no exams or tests!

FREE Digital skills sessions take place right across Knowsley.

Halewood Library, Mondays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Huyton Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Stockbridge Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Prescot Library, Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Kirkby Library, Friday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Roby Hub (Age UK), Tuesdays 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Mackets Education Centre, Halewood, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm

St John’s Infozone, Huyton, Wednesdays, 9.30am – 12.00pm and Thursday 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

The Gate, Page moss, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm and Thursday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Knowsley FACE provides the digital skills sessions in partnership with Knowsley Library Service and other community based organisations.

For more details on the service or to book a place on the sessions, call 0151 443 2026/2052/2066/2067

Knowsley Community Messaging Service

Knowsley Community Messaging Service is a good way to start keeping up to date with local services/events/alerts and useful information in Knowsley – it’s also a handy little way to share information with other residents too.

Residents in Knowsley can choose to receive local info via text messaging email or a voicemail.

You can sign up for FREE today by clicking this link  which will take you to a contact details sheet – you are only a few steps away from receiving regular information from local partners including Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council, NHS Knowsley and more!

The service is also good for any local community organisations, groups who want to share activities, raise awareness of neighbourhood events or community information days.

The Community Messaging Service is  always open to suggestions of how their service could be improved, if you have an idea you’d like to share  you can email directly to community.messaging@knowsley.gov.uk

For more information about the Knowsley Community Messaging Service please contact 0151 443 2498

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Guide

Leading national charity Disability Rights UK have a produced a FREE downloadable guide about how to apply to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Personal independence payment (PIP) is a new benefit for people who need help taking part in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaces disability living allowance for people between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive. In 2012, there were over 3 million DLA claimants in the UK; the Government estimates 600,000 fewer disabled people will qualify for PIP by 2018.

Disability Rights UK has produced a guide to help you through the claiming process. The guide covers information on:

  • The PIP rules
  • The scoring system
  • The activities and descriptors
  • Filling out the claim form
  • Keeping a diary
  • The face to face consultation with a healthcare professional
  • What to do if you are not happy with your decision
  • Further help and information

Please click on this link below and download the guide for FREE in word.

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming before March 16 2017

An easy read version is also available:

PIP Easy Read Version

Note: The rules for PIP have been amended (from 16 March 2017). If you make a claim on or after this date please click on this updated guide below:

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming on or after 16 March 2017

A hard copy of the guide is also available to purchase for £4, click here to order. 

We know first hand that this is a stressful process to go through and please remember there is one to one help available locally across Knowsley to guide you through the process. Here’s just a couple…

Prescot and Whiston Community Advice Centre
T: 0151 443 4639
E:prescotadvice@btinternet.com
www.prescotadvice.btck.co.uk

 

Knowsley Citizen’s Advice
T: 0344 826 9694
E: advice@knowsleycab.org.uk
www.citizensadviceknowsley.org.uk

NHS Continuing Healthcare Useful Info

Heard about NHS Continuing Healthcare? If you (or a relative) need full time care and you have a certain level of savings/assets, you’ll probably be told to pay. 

But if you have health needs you should first be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, which is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over arranged and funded solely by the NHS.

In order to receive NHS CHC funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) according to a legally prescribed decision making process to determine whether the individual has a ‘primary health need’.

NHS England have produced a short information video about the topic (below) and the Department of Health have produced a fact sheet – click here. 

A brilliant online information resource all about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding in England is Care To Be Different. Which was set up by Angela Sherman after her own parents’ experience of the UK care system.

“Whether or not you pay for care does NOT depend on your money. It depends on your care needs only. It doesn’t matter how much money you do or don’t have. Be sure to get properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Our website provides lots of information to help you”.

She developed the website as a specialist information resource, providing practical information about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and other care matters. It can help families:

  • apply for NHS Continuing Heatlhcare funding – and appeal decisions that deny funding
  • understand what really goes on in Continuing Healthcare assessments and how to fight your relative’s corner
  • make a better decision when choosing a care home
  • prevent an elderly relative being discharged from hospital before being properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

Do take a look at the website which features, frequently asked questions, case studies as well as questions you may need to ask.

We at Knowsley’s User Led Organisation would also like to host a public information session on this topic and invite a local representative from Knowsley’s CCG to give an overview/lowdown on Continuing Healthcare – we’ll keep you posted on the date that we run this – it’ll be well worth getting along to!

Knowsley Chemist Opening Hours during the Christmas Period

Please do check with your local chemist for their opening hours over the 2016 Christmas and New Year period. However the following pharmacies in Knowsley will be open over the festive holiday period:

Sunday 25 December 2016
  • Neil’s Pharmacy, 32 Molyneux Drive, Prescot, L35 5DY (10am-12pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (12-4pm)
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (2-4pm)
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (10am-2pm)
Monday 26 December 2016
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (12-2pm)
Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (12-2pm)
Sunday 1 January 2017
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (9.45am-8.30pm)
  • Asda Pharmacy, Huyton Lane, Huyton, L36 7TX (10.30am-4.30pm)
  • Kingsway Pharmacy, 5 Kingsway Parade, Huyton, L36 2QA (10am-4pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (10am-1pm)
  • Boots, Cable Retail Park Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ (10.30am-4.30pm)
Monday 2 January 2017
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (12-2pm)
Further advice can be found on the Knowsley CCG website www.knowsleyccg.nhs.uk/

Let the Festivities Commence at the CIL

christmas-wreathChristmas is certainly coming to our Really Useful Wednesday Sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Take part in our resident led weekly Wednesday sessions from 10 – 12pm this November & December at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton and get making.

All materials are provided for FREE as well as a very warm welcome!

dolly-pegFrom funky felt tree decorations, Christmas wreaths, mini xmas trees through to dolly peg angels and festive bunting – there’s plenty to do at the centre.

Our sessions are designed to be inclusive, relaxing as well as rewarding and importantly we welcome anyone with a disability, as well as carers.

“I love coming to the Wednesday’s there’s always something I can do, which I never knew I could do”.

“Every week there’s a different activity to do, I’ve made some really lovely things”.

“It’s well worth the journey to me and my mum, plus there’s good company and sound advice and information too”.

Want to find out more? Call or text Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

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