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Al’s Club Get The Green Light On A New Base

Al’s Club is pleased to announce they have the keys to a new base which will enable them to deliver even more activities and support on a regular basis in the near future.

At present Al’s Club delivers a weekly activity sessions to young adults at Knowsley’s Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton from 6.30pm till 8.30pm every Thursday.

With a new home Al’s Club will be able to provide a unique service for young adults with a disability 4 days a week from 10 – 4pm.

New activities could include Music Therapy, Aromatherapy, Gardening, Keep fit, Beauty Therapy, Gym, Arts & Crafts, Sensory as well as drop in sessions.

Al’s Club just needs a little help from local people in Knowsley to get the building up and running. Can you help?

Al’s Club founder Debbie O’Brien explains “It’s something we take for granted being able to go out and meet our friends. Most of our members aren’t able to go out alone due to their medical conditions and disabilities. So they may become quite isolated through no fault of their own.

Al’s Club will give & provide choice in our community for any person who has a disability or medical complex needs. Please help us provide a service that’s much needed in our community. This will also give our members a chance to be themselves and be with their friends along with having endless fun. Developing confidence and enhancing the members general health and wellbeing.”

Al’s Club have set up a go Fund Me page  – click here for more information and Debbie will keep us updated on the latest exciting developments! Or head to their Facebook Group Al’s Club

Join Us for a Stroll in the Park

Join us for some gentle exercise and join a very social ‘Stroll in the Park’.

Each month our community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be meeting up at Stadt Moers Park to take part in an accessible guided talk and walk around the park, hosted by Gordon from Knowsley’s Ranger Service.

Our relaxing meet up takes place every last Thursday of the month, meeting at the Stadt Moers Ranger Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston L35 3RG at 10am – we’ll set off from the centre at 10.30am.

We want to ensure everyone regardless of their disability or health condition can take part in gentle exercise – carers are welcome to join in too.

Please note: Approximate walking time is 30 minutes and importantly you can do as much or as little as you want–no pressure.

Toilet facilities are available at the centre, refreshments are also available, and not forgetting some good company and fresh air!

If you have any specific access requirements get in touch with our support worker Nancie 07715 392 158 and we’ll do our very best to make sure you can take part.

Future ‘Stroll in the Park’ dates are as follows: 23 May, 27 June, 25 July, 26 September 24 October and 28 November 2019. All welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: The original start time (9.30am) has changed due to attendee feedback at our very first ‘Stroll in the Park’ April session. Future ‘stroll’s’ will meet up at 10am and set off at 10.30am.

A New Local Service for local People who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

If you are Deaf or hard of hearing and live in Knowsley there is a new team who can provide equipment to help support you.

They can arrange an appointment with you to visit your home and assess your needs and tell you about FREE equipment that is available to help you overcome any difficulties you may face.

For example you may be……

  • Unable/struggling to hear the doorbell
  • Unable/struggling to hear the television
  • Unable/struggling to hear the telephone
  • Missing part of conversation
  • Unable/struggling to hear the alarm clock/smoke alarm

Following an assessment by the team, a range of equipment or small aids to help you may be provided at no cost.  The service is available to Knowsley residents of all ages.

How to make a referral:You can contact the team direct or ask someone to make contact on your behalf. Contact the Knowsley Contact Centre on 0151 443 2600 or email adultsocialcare@knowsley.gov.uk

Minicom: 0151 244 4099

The new Knowsley Team will also be hosting weekly drop in sessions for local people at the following venues/dates and times:

  • Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY – Starting Wednesday 21/11/2018 1pm – 3pm.
  • MSDP Centre, Queens Drive Retail Park, West Derby L13 0DJ – Starting Friday 23/11/2018 10am – 12pm.

For further information about the drop ins only:

Text: 07384 455 434

Email: DWS.DutyOT@knowsley.gov.uk

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/

A Disability Access Guide for Knowsley

DisabledGo and Knowsley Council are celebrating the launch of an online Access Guide to Knowsley.

The online Knowsley guide includes detailed access information for over 600 public venues across the area including shops, local parks, Council offices, libraries and leisure centres.

The aim of the Knowsley guide is to give you information so that you can make up your own mind whether a venue is right for you and not to attempt to judge a venue’s accessibility on your behalf.

DisabledGo say “Some of the venues on website are better suited to your individual needs than others, depending on your personal circumstances. After all, it can be just as important to know that somewhere is not adequately accessible as to know that it is. No one likes a wasted journey”.

Click here  to view the Knowsley Centre for Independent Centre listing which describes your journey to and through the centre, featuring useful things like open/closing times, accessible toilet details, parking facilities, changes to floor levels within the centre, hearing assistance system and much more to help you plan your journey.

The DisabledGo website also covers accessible places and venues to go to across the UK, try a search for yourself at www.disabledgo.com

Care Workers for Change Comes to Knowsley

Care Workers for Change is a national campaign from Unison, which is demanding dignity in social care through fair funding of care services, decent jobs in the care sector, and quality of local care services.

We were delighted as a grassroots community organisation in Knowsley to meet local representatives from Unison’s Nation campaign, who told us more about their work and why they were doing it.

We also told them about our first hand experiences of care and access to decent care along with our hopes, desires and aspirations for a fairer future.

Care Workers for Change want to meet more grassroots Knowsley community organisations and groups just like ours and they can tell your group about their campaign – you’ll also be able to share your experiences of care with them. last week the campaign members also met with the The Big Help Project and Halewood Town Council.

Maybe as a community, if we can all get behind this, our council & Knowsley CCG could endorse this campaign and really think twice about the ethics of care sector companies they buy in to deliver care services on our behalf in Knowsley.

In the meantime why not sign the Care Workers for Change  community pledge and let them know how you might be able to give active support to this vital campaign.

Why not get in touch with the campaign via their official Facebook Page, search Careworkersforchange or sign the petition to your councilor here: http://www.unisonnw.org/dignity

Plan B Goes Green

If you didn’t know Plan B Knowsley is a community led social programme for adults with Autism between 18 – 30yrs.

Paula & Drew Thompson who run the Plan B programme will be going green (along with our Plan B members) over the next few months as Plan B has been nominated by members of the local community to take part in Asda Huyton’s Green Token charity giving scheme throughout the months of March and June 2017.

Each customer who shops at Asda Huyton receives a Green Token at the checkout (when requested) to pop into the charity box of their choice on their way out of the store.  At the end of June the Green Tokens are added up and the good cause with the most Tokens receives £500 and 2nd and 3rd place receive £200 from the Asda Foundation, which is fantastic news for Plan B.

The next time your in Asda Huyton, don’t forget to ask for green tokens and to pop them into the Plan B Knowsley box to support our continued activities and support for our 18 strong members – as well as parents and carers.

Want to know more about Plan B? Contact Paula on 07944 340 474 or email: planb@kulo.org.uk

You can also like the official Plan B Facebook page @PlanBKnowsley

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

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