Older People

FREE Training from MPIP

Merseyside Joint Training Partnership Programme have places remaining for a diverse range of training workshops designed for self advocates as well as parents and unpaid carers.

Methods of Communication – Kathy Fearns
When: Wednesday 2nd December 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm
Venue: Salvation Army Walton

Makaton – Heidi Kenworthy
When: Monday 7th December 2015 Time: 10am till 3pm
Venue: Salvation Army Walton

Autism & Behaviour that Challenge – Steve McGuinness
When: Wednesday 9th December 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm
Venue: Salvation Army Walton

If you would like to book onto an event please contact Merseyside Joint Training Partnership, Merseyside Partners in Policymaking on 0151 287 7977 or email: mpip@btconnect.com

Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards 2015

KULO_GroupOur congratulations goes out to all those individuals and local groups in Knowsley who attended Knowsley’s Sports and Cultural Awards presentation evening in October.

We were pleased to be nominated for Knowsley’s Community Group of the Year 2015 and delight on the night to be in good company as well coming third in such a popular and competitive category.

“They are proactive and focus on solutions to make sure any issues and concerns raised can be realistically and practically addressed, changed or enhanced for the better –  for the  benefit of everyone who lives in Knowsley.

It’s through their individual determination, personal challenges & physical barriers faced they as a collective group of local people,working in partnership they really can overcome problems”.

Paula Thompson our KULO Vice chairperson was nominated for her dedicated efforts in the volunteer of the year category and came second.

Paula and Drew Plan BHer nomination was in recognition for her commitment not only to our group, she also coordinates Plan B Knowsley, an innovative social programme for young autistic adults as well as her timeless volunteer efforts for older people’s charity KPAIS and Knowsley Carers Centre.

“Paula is an energetic and passionate person who selflessly champions local people of all abilities to realise their full potential to succeed in life.

Throughout her life she has dedicated her time to advocate equality and rights for local people with disabilities.”

A great night out and look out for next year’s awards –  get nominating!

For more photo’s of the evening click here

Community Training

KULO Effective Minute TakingThe Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of community training courses in Knowsley.

Courses are FREE to adults who are unemployed and living in Knowsley and will take place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Unit 11, Brickfields, Huyton Business Park L36 6HY.

We are delighted to be offering a series of know how community courses and workshops in partnership with Knowsley Family and Community Education.

Our Community Training sessions kick off our with Effective Note Taking on Friday 6 November 12 – 3pm.

This session is perfect for anyone who needs to learn the fine art of taking minutes – we know from experience that being tasked to take minutes is often a chore that not many relish!!

This will be followed up in December with a Basic Book Keeping session on Friday 4 December from 12 – 3pm.

Places are limited and lunch will also be provided.

For more information or to book a  place get in touch with Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:

Get Online

get-online-week-timetable-121015Local help and know how is on hand across Knowsley if you want to Get Online.

Whether is surfing on the web, signing up to facebook, buying things online or creating an email account – whatever you need there’s always help across Knowsley.

Take a look at the places and spaces where you can Get Online for FREE!

Get Sewing and Get Creative in November

KULO SEWING POSTERStarting in November and every Wednesday from 10 – 12pm, join us at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living for some creative sewing workshops.

The Knowsley User Led Organsation will be running a series of FREE sewing sessions in November. No matter what your ability, help is on hand – if you need it – and you’ll get to make some unique items for you and your home including a funky cotton carrier bag, colorful draft excluder and a fab & festive Christmas wreath.

Take part and join in, plus all materials are supplied for FREE  as well as a cuppa or two and some good company!

If you’d like more information call Jim on 07712 889 302 or Nancie 07715 392 158 email:

All welcome!

Knowsley Centre for Independent Living is located at Unit 11, Brickfields, Huyton Business Park, Huyton,
Knowsley L36 6HY

A Useful Website for Knowsley

knowlege is powerHere’s a useful guide to services and organisations in Knowsley.

It’s a website which provides local (to Knowsley) & national information and support for Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Called the Knowsley information Service the website is packed full of information about SEN, advice, guidance, local support for carers & parents, education, employment, housing and learning support….the list goes on.

As the saying goes ‘Knowledge is Power’ and too often we meet local people who are just unaware of services that are available to help.

See what you can find on the site that’s useful and good to know  – for you and your family.

Go to www.knowsleyinfo.co.uk  and if you know of any more useful sites, please get in touch with us!

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

Journey Assistance Cards

journey-assistance-cards-a4_Page_1Heard of Journey Assistance Cards? The cards feature a range of messages that tell bus and train drivers what help you’d like during your journey.

The cards are discreet, easy for you to use and easy for others to understand especially if your disability is hidden.

Just show the card to the driver as well as your travel ticket when boarding the bus. To download the cards please click here

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

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.

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