Older People

Be Alert to Scams

scamIt’s Scams Awareness Month and residents are urged to be on their guard against cons and rip-offs. Around three million people in the UK fall victim to mass-marketing scams every year, costing millions of pounds.

Bogus schemes include fake lotteries and prize draws, investment and PPI scams and get-rich-quick cons.

The scams may be sent through the post, via email and over the phone and often target elderly and vulnerable residents.

Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team has set up a series of secure scam mail bins in different public buildings across the borough for the duration of Scams Awareness Month.

If you have received any suspected scam mail, please drop it into one of the bins and our Trading Standards team will use the information to uncover any scams operating in the area.

You can find a secure scam mail bin at any of the council’s One Stop Shops and at the following community centres:

  • Park Close, Kirkby
  • Fairhaven, Kirkby
  • Cross Street, Kirkby
  • Greenwood Close, Prescot
  • Eaton Street, Prescot
  • Highfields, Prescot
  • South Avenue, Prescot
  • Fairview, Halewood
  • Bluebell Park, Huyton
  • Fieldway Estate, Huyton
  • Fairclough Site, Woolfall Heath, Huyton

Tips for staying safe

  • Never give out your bank account details or other personal information to people you don’t know or trust
  • Never send money to a company you do not know or send money if told to respond quickly or confidentially
  • You can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter and you don’t send money for something a letter claims you have won
  • Don’t reply to emails or letters from strangers even if they seem to know your name
  • Make sure you have up to date computer security including passwords and antivirus software
  • NEVER agree to buy goods and services on the doorstep or as a result of a telephone cold call
  • If something sounds too good to be true it probably is!

If you have any concerns about doorstep crime or scams, ring Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team on 0151 443 4713 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506.

Free Training for Self Advocates Parents and Carers

trainingMerseyside Partners in Policymaking (MPIP) have a wide range of free training available to self advocates, parents and carers.

We’ve put the latest courses and training that’s on offer from June 2015 (below) so if you see any that you’d like to attend please do ring MPIP to book a place on  0151 287 7977 or email: mpip@btconnect.com

Phoebe Day – Getting in Touch – Pheobe Caldwell

When: Thursday 18th June 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 22nd June 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: Walton Cornerstones

 

Autism & Behavior that ChallengeSteve McGuinness

When: Wednesday 24th June 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

SeeAbility – Look Here – Scott Watkins

When: Thursday 2nd July 2015 Time: 10.00am till 2:30pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Eating with Dignity – Kathy Fearns

When: Wednesday 8th July 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Makaton – Heidi Kenworthy

When: Monday 13th July 2015 Time: 10am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 20th July 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Oral Health Training – Vicky Atkinson

When: Wednesday 22nd July 2015 Time: 10.00am till 12:30pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 7th September 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Education & Healthcare Plans – Sue Harris

When: Wednesday 16th September 2015 Time: 10am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Postural Care – Tess Ellis

When: Monday 21 September 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Autism & Behaviour that ChallengeSteve McGuinness

When: Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Walton Cornerstones

 

Circles of Support – Sue Harris

When: Wednesday 30th September 2015 Time: 10am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Course – Sally Gormersall

When: Monday 5th October 2015 Time: 9:30am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Phoebe Day – Getting in Touch – Pheobe Caldwell

When: Wednesday 7th October 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: The RIVER ALT RESOURCE CENTRE, Huyton

 

Makaton – Heidi Kenworthy

When: Monday 12th October 2015 Time: 10am till 3pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Oral Health Training – Vicky Atkinson

When: Wednesday 14th October 2015 Time: 10.00am till 12:30pm

Venue: Lancaster House Walton

 

Postural Care – – Tess Ellis

When: Monday 9th November 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

Education & Healthcare Plans – Sue Harris

When: Wednesday 11th November 2015 Time: 10am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

 

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 ChallengeSteve McGuinness

When: Wednesday 9th December 2015 Time: 10.00am till 4pm

Venue: Salvation Army Walton

Access to Cinemas

cinema_disabilitiesDid you know that anyone with a disability can obtain a cinema card that allows them to be accompanied by someone to the cinema free of charge? 

Called the CEA Card it’s a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) for UK cinemas.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.

For more information and how to apply click here!

Keep Calm with Knowsley Carers Centre

Keep-clamAre you a carer? Fancy spending a bit of time out for YOU?

Did you know Knowsley Carers offer FREE Holistic Therapies; from Indian head massage, facials, aromatherapy and Reiki.

Knowsley Carers Centre offer FREE Holistic therapies to local carers who are registered with the centre.

They also provide a huge range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers throughout Knowsley and holistic therapies is just one of them!

Not registered with Knowsley Carers Centre? It’s easy to do by contacting the team on 0151 549 1412 or you can complete an online self referral form on the Carers website.

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.

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.

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