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Disabled Facilities Grants – A Knowsley Guide

disabled-facilities-grants-knowsley-talkAs part of our user led group activity for local people with disabilities, November’s Public Information Session is a very Knowsley low down on Disabled Facilities Grants. 

Our monthly community talk takes place at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY on Wednesday 2 November 12.30 – 2pm. All welcome

We will be joined by guest speaker Graham Keeling who is part of the Knowsley Council’s Disabled Facility Grants Team, based at the Centre. His talk will answer a lot of common questions we may have, for example who the grants are  for, what they can be used to improve or adapt, is there an eligibility criteria…..and more.

Our community led information sessions are informal and interactive – designed to enable all audience members to ask lots of questions and obtain answers. But if you don’t feel you are able to ask a question at any of our sessions, please speak to one of our group members and we’d be happy to ask a question on your behalf.

Why are we running Public Information Sessions?

We think it’s vital that local disabled people and carers are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available – there’s a lot of changes to taking place and opportunities available that local people just aren’t aware of.

“Being prepared and clued up on things is a big deal for us – and as they say knowledge is power. But it’s knowing what to do with the information, how to find your way around things, what sort of choices you have and who to go to to ask for help (if you need it). This is why we are running these” MO’S

Our past topics for our monthly information sessions include ‘A lowdown on PIP’, ‘Direct Payments’, ‘Carer Assessments’, ‘Power of Attorney’. We also offer you the opportunity for any suggestions you may have on a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions.

If you have something you’d like us to cover or to explore, please do get in touch with us at the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Make Vee’s Place Your Place in Prescot

vees-place-whats-on-autumn-advertNo matter how old or young you are, there’s something for everyone taking place at Vee’s Place, Prescot.

Whether it’s knitting, sewing, lunch clubs, drama classes or dancing, Vee’s place has a variety of community activities each week for all ages.

Based in Zion Church, 74 Kemble Street, Prescot L34 5SH. Vee’s Place has launched a packed Autumn 2016 community programme of activities and events – and a warm welcome is guaranteed!

10am Coffee morning /12noon Lunch/1pm Socials/6pm Knitting & Crochet

10am History/12noon lunch/1pm Sewing, dressmaking/6.30pm Scouts

10am Yoga/12noon lunch/1pm Musical socials/6pm Danzaciz  & Performing Arts

10am groups/12noon lunch/1pm

10am groups/12noon Luncheon Club & social afternoon

9am Cheeky Monkeys Club (up to 4 year olds) Danzaciz & Perfoming Arts.

*Please note: A small charge is applied to activities listed above (Subs £3 Adults & £1.50 youth)

If you are interested in getting involved with any activities  or would like to start something new, Vee’s Place are always on the look out for even more community activities!

Contact Verity Rhodes, Vee’s Place Centre Manager on 0151 289 3602 (after 11am)

Planning for Later Life Event

planing-for-later-life_-kulo-websiteAgencies who support older people in Knowsley are holding an event providing a range of information for older people and their families.

‘Planning for Later Life’ will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at The Venue (formerly the Huyton Suite). Local older people and their relatives are invited to drop in at any time between 2pm – 7pm.

The event will be a market place of experts covering a wide range of topics relevant to later life planning. The event will include information about:

Making a Will, Power of Attorney, Arrangements for Pets, Housing Options, Extra Care, Equity Release, Home Adaptations, Benefits Advice, Pensions,  End of Life Care, Funeral Planning and much more!

Pat Blair MBE, Chair of Knowsley Older People’s Voice explained, “Many older people prefer not to think about the inevitable issues that they, or their relatives, will need to do deal with in later life. However, addressing them in good time can be better than leaving things until some crisis occurs, when they find themselves dealing with the emotional and financial burden at an already difficult time.

“We believe that older people and their families can be better prepared for the impacts of life-changing events by having greater awareness of these topics, and access to information that can help them plan and make informed choices.

For more information, please contact: David Aspin on 0151 449 3954

Or email: David.Aspin@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Measure Up at the NEW Community College

measure-upThere’s a few places up for grabs on a FREE 10 week NHS Weight Management programme, called Measure Up. 

It takes place at the New Knowsley Community College, Stockbridge Lane, Huyton  (formerly Christ the King School) with Knowsley’s Community Health Development Team.

The FREE  weekly evening sessions start on 6 October 5.15 – 6.45pm.

Measure Up can help you lose weight gradually, make healthier lifestyle changes and improve your fitness levels – you’ll also meet new friends too!

It’s FREE and is available to adults of all abilities who live in Knowsley or if you have a Knowsley GP.

Call the Community Health Development Team on 0800 0731202

Shaping the Future – Health & Social Care in Knowsley

shaping-the-future-health-social-care-in-knowsleyDo you want to help local people in Knowsley who may need care and support to live well?  Do you have ideas about how to help local people lead happier, healthier lives for longer? 

A Liverpool based company called So Mo is working on behalf of Knowsley Council, will be running 3, one day public events in Halewood, Kirkby and Huyton.

‘These events are part of a new approach to social care and health. They will look at how we support the growth of more local ideas & initiatives in the neighbourhoods where people grow, live, work and age’.

Locations, dates and times for ‘Shaping the Future’ Public Events are as follows:

Halewood: Tuesday 1 November 9.30am – 4pm at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Lichfield Road L26 1TT

Kirkby: Monday 7 November 9.30 – 4pm at Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue L33 9TW

Huyton: Thursday 10 November 9.30 – 4pm at Court Hey Methodist Church, Roby Road L14 3NU

Lunch will also be provided.

Who should attend?
If you have ideas about how Knowsley can do things differently then get along to one of the local events.

  • People who use services or carers, (you not only understand the problem but probably have a sense of what is needed – we want to spend time with you).Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local service providers; care home owners, mental health services
  • Local entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, creatives or academics you can bring fresh ideas and approaches to the table.
  • Commissioners & practitioners in health and care services, partner organisations, CVS, Knowsley Healthwatch

We’ve also attached the Shaping the Future invitation to give you more detailed information about the events, CLICK HERE!

There are a number of ways to book your place. Go to EVENTBRITE website or contact either: Helen@so-mo.co 0151 675 5031/ Laura@so-mo.co /0151 675 5032

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.

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:





A New Disability Access Guide for Knowsley

Disabled go_KULODisabledGo is a free accessibility checking website where you can find information for places to go across the UK and Republic of Ireland including hotels, restaurants, shops, cinemas, libraries and more. Most importantly, every single venue on our website has been visited in person by one of our highly trained DisabledGo surveyors.

Knowsley Council and Disabled Go will be holding consultation events for disabled people, older people, carers and disability organisations to seek your views on the new access guide coming to Knowsley.

The DisabledGo project provides in-depth online access information for 700 venues across Knowsley including shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, libraries, parks, and many more which will be available as an on online guide.

The access guide helps increase independence and choice for Disabled people. By providing detailed information on the access features of venues and public spaces Disabled people can make an informed judgment about the suitability of access.

Disabled Go need Disabled people to help identify a range of places and spaces across Knowsley to include in the access guide.

They are holding three consultations for disabled people, parents of disabled children, older people and carers giving them a perfect opportunity to contribute to the project.

If you are interested in work experience opportunities, please stay behind to have a chat with the DisabledGo staff member or click this Work Experience Specification document. The work experience opportunity will involve helping a DisabledGo surveyor collect the factual information publish on the DisalbedGo website.

More information will be given on the day with a short presentation.

When and where?

Wednesday 29th June 10:30am – 12:30pm  

The big hall at the Old Schoolhouse, St. Johns Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 0UX

Wednesday 29th June 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, L32 8SA

Thursday 30th June 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Halewood Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TE

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


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