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Moonbeams Support

moonbeamsLocal volunteer parents and carers support & activity group Moonbeams run an after school club for children with additional needs at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Health Avenue, Huyton.

For a small charge of £2 the after school club takes place every Monday from 3.45 – 6.45pm  and is suitable for children and young people with additional needs from the age of 5yrs plus.

Moonbeams also run arts sessions at the River Alt Resource Centre for carers and parents every Friday from 9.30am  – 3pm (£2).

Local mum Yvonne who helps coordinate Moonbeams says “Friday’s are a great way for local parents who have children with additional needs to relax, unwind and meet other parents to share their ups and downs –  everyone is made to feel welcome”.

The parent and carers support group also have a fantastic lending library resource available to parents and children from Knowsley.

They have available a whole series of books to help develop awareness and understanding of specific impairments, books to help promote positive attitudes to disability and books which are more generally about acceptance and respecting differences.

Call Yvonne 07403 348 849 or Ann-Marie 07504 963 143 to find out more about Moonbeams

Life Skills Course

Life skillsA FREE Life Skills Course is available to residents in Knowsley, with local Social Enterprise KPAC.

Suitable for adults with learning disabilities, the aim of the course is to support and build greater independence in every day life.

Over 6 weeks you’ll cover a whole host of topics including keeping safe, personal presentation, travel training, socialising, money skills, communication and setting goals.

The next Life Skills Course starts 4 June 2015, 10-1pm for 6 weeks at the Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road Huyton.

Call KPAC on 0151 481 0047  – don’t miss out!

Transport Charges for Day Services

warningGet in touch with Knowsley Carers Centre, if you care for someone who receives transport to and from day services in Knowsley.

If you have been charged for this service of getting to and from your day centre, Knowsley Carers Centre have some up-to-date information that may benefit anyone currently paying transport charges.

Contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412.

 

Take part in a FREE Course for young people

summer-2015-one-pagePeople First Merseyside  are running a FREE 8 week course for 18 – 30 year old’s called Road Ahead this summer.

Road Ahead is for young people with learning disabilities delivered by young people with disabilities (peer educators). If you know someone who would like to be involved in this FANTASTIC course read on.

Peer educators share some of their own life experiences, play games and ensure that everyone on the course has a say, gets involved during the course and that we have some fun.

Sessions include:

  • Self esteem and confidence – All about Me
  • Knowing about your community – where I Live
  • Friendships
  • Relationships
  • Keeping safe
  • Keeping healthy
  • Thinking about work / jobs
  • Celebration of our work on the course

When you have completed the training you can also join in the Road Ahead project plus become a trainer yourself.

Places are limited and available to 18 – 30 year olds with a learning disability from across Merseyside (yes that does include Knowsley – because we have checked to make sure!

For more information call People First Merseyside on 0151 707 6751 or email

jeanettem@peoplefirst.uk.com

Employment Support for Residents with Disabilities

employabilityKnowsley Inclusion Through Employment (KITE) works with disabled people who live in Knowsley who are 18+.

Whether it’s finding a job, looking at career options or getting into voluntary work KITE offers specialist and wide ranging personalised support to Knowsley residents with disabilities and mental health issues.

We all know that work and employment can give us all a sense of independence and achievement, having a job helps us learn new skills, meet new people and is great for our self esteem.

KITE is a partnership, made up of lots of organisations such as Nugent Care, Community Integrated Care,  and they work with local Disability Employment Advisors at Job Centre Plus to achieve the best possible outcome for an individual.

To find out more you can get in touch with Renata Davis  from  Community Integrated Care on 0151 709 1950 e:VSC.Manager@c-i-c.co.uk or contact the Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600 knowsley.accessteam@knowsley.gov.uk

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 

Kerry Farm Funded Short Breaks

Kerry FarmHere’s the info our board member Angela Cornwall shared with us about Kerry Farm run by the Papworth Trustwhich is a leading disability charity.

Papworth Trust offers funded holidays to people of all ages affected by disability.

Angela tells us it’s well worth filling out the application form explaining why you need the break, what a funded break would mean to you and your family and what activities you would like to do as part of your short break stay.

Head to their website www.papworthtrust.org.uk  or call 0800 952 5000.

The Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund provides grants to individuals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

It is able to help with the purchase of specialised equipment and practical forms of treatment.  This includes:

  • Mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters
  • Medical appliances and aids such as hearing aids,nebulisers and computer equipment
  • Therapeutic equipment and treatments such orthopaedic beds,riser/recliner chairs and complementary therapies
  • Home adaptations – walk in showers, access ramps, stair lifts
  • Miscellaneous – washing machines, respite breaks

To apply: Either download an application form or complete the online form on the website.

The Fund is also able to provide grants to registered health charities.

www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org

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