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There’s Local Help to Get Online in Knowsley

If you or anyone you know needs help with getting online you can take part in FREE learning ‘how to’ sessions with Knowsley FACE

Whether your searching for jobs, Setting up an email account, Learning how to use an app, Completing application forms, Accessing the internet, Filling out benefit forms or Uploading your CV.

Knowsley FACE has friendly and supportive local tutors will help you to:

  • Develop your skills to become more confident in using computers, laptops or tablet devices
  • Access forms you need
  • Protect yourself on the internet
  • Access other training and support you may need including support with English and Maths or progression to accredited courses such as Functional Skills ICT or ECDL

The amount of time you choose to attend sessions depends on what you want/need to learn and don’t worry there are no exams or tests!

FREE Digital skills sessions take place right across Knowsley.

Halewood Library, Mondays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Huyton Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Stockbridge Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Prescot Library, Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Kirkby Library, Friday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Roby Hub (Age UK), Tuesdays 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Mackets Education Centre, Halewood, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm

St John’s Infozone, Huyton, Wednesdays, 9.30am – 12.00pm and Thursday 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

The Gate, Page moss, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm and Thursday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Knowsley FACE provides the digital skills sessions in partnership with Knowsley Library Service and other community based organisations.

For more details on the service or to book a place on the sessions, call 0151 443 2026/2052/2066/2067

Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Survey

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

The charity have just launched Amplified, an exciting national programme funded by NHS England’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme.

They have created three surveys to hear about the ways that young people currently have a say around their mental health, and what young people’s, parents’ and professionals’ views and feelings are on how they should be involved.

The Amplified programme will include a range of support for organisations and professionals working with young people and their families, including practical resources, learning opportunities and the chance to apply for direct advice, guidance and support from the Youth Engagement team at YoungMinds.

They’ll use the information from these surveys to help plan how to develop the participation of young people, parents and carers in all areas of young people’s mental health.

There are three surveys, one for young people, one for parents and carers, and one for professionals (see below).

Here’s how you can help (in three ways!)

Young Minds want to hear the views of as many different young people, parents, carers and professionals as possible, this is why we are sharing this  –  please do your bit, complete and share.

Young Minds say “Your help is vital in making sure we reach as many people as possible, so that we can deliver a programme that is relevant and accessible to all.

Each survey will take around 20 minutes to complete.  Participants can end the survey at any time and can ignore any question they don’t want to answer.  Any information shared in the survey will be used anonymously in reports to NHS England, and informing the content of YoungMinds learning resources for this programme.  Some quotes might be used in reports shared with the public too. Survey participants can also enter a free prize draw to enter £50 of Love to Shop vouchers if they wish.

We know many of our partners work with a diverse range of young people who, as well as being at greater risk of experiencing mental health problems, also face greater barriers in accessing services.

These include young offenders; young carers; young people who are currently or previously in care; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* young people; young people of Black, Asian and other minority ethnicities; young people with disabilities; and unemployed young people.

The survey closes at Friday, 14 April 2017.

www.youngminds.org.uk

Knowsley Community Messaging Service

Knowsley Community Messaging Service is a good way to start keeping up to date with local services/events/alerts and useful information in Knowsley – it’s also a handy little way to share information with other residents too.

Residents in Knowsley can choose to receive local info via text messaging email or a voicemail.

You can sign up for FREE today by clicking this link  which will take you to a contact details sheet – you are only a few steps away from receiving regular information from local partners including Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council, NHS Knowsley and more!

The service is also good for any local community organisations, groups who want to share activities, raise awareness of neighbourhood events or community information days.

The Community Messaging Service is  always open to suggestions of how their service could be improved, if you have an idea you’d like to share  you can email directly to community.messaging@knowsley.gov.uk

For more information about the Knowsley Community Messaging Service please contact 0151 443 2498

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Guide

Leading national charity Disability Rights UK have a produced a FREE downloadable guide about how to apply to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Personal independence payment (PIP) is a new benefit for people who need help taking part in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaces disability living allowance for people between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive. In 2012, there were over 3 million DLA claimants in the UK; the Government estimates 600,000 fewer disabled people will qualify for PIP by 2018.

Disability Rights UK has produced a guide to help you through the claiming process. The guide covers information on:

  • The PIP rules
  • The scoring system
  • The activities and descriptors
  • Filling out the claim form
  • Keeping a diary
  • The face to face consultation with a healthcare professional
  • What to do if you are not happy with your decision
  • Further help and information

Please click on this link below and download the guide for FREE in word.

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming before March 16 2017

An easy read version is also available:

PIP Easy Read Version

Note: The rules for PIP have been amended (from 16 March 2017). If you make a claim on or after this date please click on this updated guide below:

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming on or after 16 March 2017

A hard copy of the guide is also available to purchase for £4, click here to order. 

We know first hand that this is a stressful process to go through and please remember there is one to one help available locally across Knowsley to guide you through the process. Here’s just a couple…

Prescot and Whiston Community Advice Centre
T: 0151 443 4639
E:prescotadvice@btinternet.com
www.prescotadvice.btck.co.uk

 

Knowsley Citizen’s Advice
T: 0344 826 9694
E: advice@knowsleycab.org.uk
www.citizensadviceknowsley.org.uk

FREE Accessible and Healthy Cooking Sessions

If you have a disability or long term illness you’ll know how hard it is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and stop the pounds from piling on. Why not join us in 2017 for one of our Healthy Cooking sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our first community session for 2017 starts on Monday 16 January 2017, 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Our accessible and inclusive 4 week programme isn’t  just about ‘learning how to cook’, each week you are tasked and challenged to prepare a meal which helps to develop individual skills, confidence, knowledge and independence around preparing food, healthier eating, cooking on a budget and the importance of food hygiene.

Importantly to us as a group of local people with disabilities, our sessions are designed to be friendly, informal and social – because we know food (and eating it!) is a great way to bring people together.

Family members, carers and support workers are welcome to join in too.

So if you’ve started your new year with a few extra lumps and bumps from all the Christmas excess and want to get involved and learn about some easy changes you can do when preparing meals at home, contact Nancie to book a FREE place on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY DIETARY OR ACCESS REQUIREMENTS BEFOREHAND SO YOU CAN TAKE PART AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

NHS Continuing Healthcare Useful Info

Heard about NHS Continuing Healthcare? If you (or a relative) need full time care and you have a certain level of savings/assets, you’ll probably be told to pay. 

But if you have health needs you should first be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, which is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over arranged and funded solely by the NHS.

In order to receive NHS CHC funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) according to a legally prescribed decision making process to determine whether the individual has a ‘primary health need’.

NHS England have produced a short information video about the topic (below) and the Department of Health have produced a fact sheet – click here. 

A brilliant online information resource all about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding in England is Care To Be Different. Which was set up by Angela Sherman after her own parents’ experience of the UK care system.

“Whether or not you pay for care does NOT depend on your money. It depends on your care needs only. It doesn’t matter how much money you do or don’t have. Be sure to get properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Our website provides lots of information to help you”.

She developed the website as a specialist information resource, providing practical information about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and other care matters. It can help families:

  • apply for NHS Continuing Heatlhcare funding – and appeal decisions that deny funding
  • understand what really goes on in Continuing Healthcare assessments and how to fight your relative’s corner
  • make a better decision when choosing a care home
  • prevent an elderly relative being discharged from hospital before being properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

Do take a look at the website which features, frequently asked questions, case studies as well as questions you may need to ask.

We at Knowsley’s User Led Organisation would also like to host a public information session on this topic and invite a local representative from Knowsley’s CCG to give an overview/lowdown on Continuing Healthcare – we’ll keep you posted on the date that we run this – it’ll be well worth getting along to!

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice 2017 Meeting Dates

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV ) is an independent, parent led group developed to support local families who care for a child/sibling with a disability. 

It’s their aim as a group is to provide all parents and carers who live in Knowsley with an independent platform to express what really matters to them and their children.

They work in partnership with local disability service providers, raising awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved and the daily issues faced by Knowsley children, parents and their families and carer’s.

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice have published dates for their forthcoming monthly meetings for 2017 and want to encourage parents and carers who live in Knowsley to come along and get involved.

Their first meeting for 2017 takes place at the Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton on Monday January 16, 10 – 12pm. All welcome and refreshments will be provided – along with a warm welcome.

CLICK HERE for the full list of 2017 parent carer meeting dates.

As a parent led group they are passionate about children and young adults in Knowsley, and together they believe they can make a difference  – if you would like to find out more about the group, please contact Ian McBrias at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, on 0151 549 1412 or email: deborahsmithkpcv@gmail.com

Knowsley Chemist Opening Hours during the Christmas Period

Please do check with your local chemist for their opening hours over the 2016 Christmas and New Year period. However the following pharmacies in Knowsley will be open over the festive holiday period:

Sunday 25 December 2016
  • Neil’s Pharmacy, 32 Molyneux Drive, Prescot, L35 5DY (10am-12pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (12-4pm)
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (2-4pm)
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (10am-2pm)
Monday 26 December 2016
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (12-2pm)
Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (12-2pm)
Sunday 1 January 2017
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (9.45am-8.30pm)
  • Asda Pharmacy, Huyton Lane, Huyton, L36 7TX (10.30am-4.30pm)
  • Kingsway Pharmacy, 5 Kingsway Parade, Huyton, L36 2QA (10am-4pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (10am-1pm)
  • Boots, Cable Retail Park Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ (10.30am-4.30pm)
Monday 2 January 2017
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (12-2pm)
Further advice can be found on the Knowsley CCG website www.knowsleyccg.nhs.uk/

Handmade Poppies for a Good Cause

poppiesHandmade poppies adorned the reception area at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday 2016.

Our disability community group the Knowsley User Led Organisation (KULO) created the series of poppies as part of our ‘Really Useful Wednesday’ session which took place on 2 November to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2016.

In exchange for a small donation visitors to the centre were invited to take a unique poppy & importantly wear it with pride.

We are delighted to tell you that thanks to all the visitor and staff contributions the total amount raised from the poppy donations was £51.52p.

Our group just want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who contributed!

“It’s brilliant as a group that we can respond to individual suggestions – what a great making idea it was to come up with [handmade poppies] as part of our Really Useful Wednesday sessions, plus generate some funds for a good cause”.

Our inclusive community led Really Useful Wednesday sessions take place every week (10 – 12pm) at the Centre in the showroom area.

All ages and disabilities are very welcome to attend!

Let the Festivities Commence at the CIL

christmas-wreathChristmas is certainly coming to our Really Useful Wednesday Sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Take part in our resident led weekly Wednesday sessions from 10 – 12pm this November & December at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton and get making.

All materials are provided for FREE as well as a very warm welcome!

dolly-pegFrom funky felt tree decorations, Christmas wreaths, mini xmas trees through to dolly peg angels and festive bunting – there’s plenty to do at the centre.

Our sessions are designed to be inclusive, relaxing as well as rewarding and importantly we welcome anyone with a disability, as well as carers.

“I love coming to the Wednesday’s there’s always something I can do, which I never knew I could do”.

“Every week there’s a different activity to do, I’ve made some really lovely things”.

“It’s well worth the journey to me and my mum, plus there’s good company and sound advice and information too”.

Want to find out more? Call or text Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

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