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Al’s Club

als' club photoIt’s a brand new club for disabled young people aged 17 – 25 years. Every Thursday 6.30 – 8.30pm at the New Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive Huyton L36 6EG.

The much anticipated  volunteer led Club for young people will open its doors next month Thursday 5 December – please do be quick to book your place,  call Debbie O’Brien on 07939 556 287 or email alsclub@hotmail.co.uk.

Knowsley Parent & Carer Forum

Take part with Speak KnowsleyGet involved with S.P.E.A.K Knowsley. A volunteer, resident led local charity run by parents of children with additional needs in Knowsley, they hold monthly parent and carer forums where you can meet other like-minded parents & share your experiences.

They also host events, training and wider opportunities to support parents and families of children with additional needs. To find out more visit www.speak-knowsley.org.uk or call 07772 739 625

Online Benefit Calculator

benefit calculatorNot sure what you’re entitled to? Turn2us has a great online benefit calculator to help you find out just what you may be entitled to.From Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support. Give it a go!

http://benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk/

Knowsley Carers Centre

Have you hooked up with Knowsley Carers Centre yet? An amazing local charity who offer grant, support, training and advice for carers. You may know that they offer a Carers Short Break which is vouchers (for up to £350) for carers to spend on something you feel would give YOU some much needed quality time to yourself. Call the Knowsley Carers Centre team on 0151 549 1412 or visit their website www.knowsleycarers.co.uk

Want to lose weight or improve your fitness levels?

measure upJoin Measure Up! It’s a 12 week weight management programme, delivered by our very own Knowsley Community Health Development Team.

You’ll get info on nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyles as well as physical activity sessions. It is open to adults of any age, male or female who are keen to reduce their weight and best of all it’s FREE.

There are several courses running throughout Knowsley during the daytime and evenings. If you would like to take part simply book onto a screening session to measure your weight, height and BMI.

If you would like any more information please contact the Community Health Development Team on: 0800 0731 202

Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning Mental HealthFancy a Coffee with HealthwatchKnowsley?

Join them for a Positive Mental Health Coffee Morning Friday 4th October 10am—12noon at The Old School House, St. Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

Healthwatch Knowsley’s Positive Mental Health Coffee Mornings have been really popular and are a great opportunity for people to come along and share their experiences and know that their voices are heard. It provides an opportunity to chat about your experience of Mental Health services in Knowsley in an informal environment. The Coffee Morning is open to anyone, including service users, family members, carers and organisations, so please come along and feel free to bring a friend.

Knowsley launches a search for innovators

Local and international maverick thinkers are being urged to share their ideas on helping women and their families to have a positive experience of pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby.

The competition, thought to be the first of its kind in health and social care, is looking for new approaches to helping families give the best possible start to their children.

It is being supported by the North West Social Value Foundation – an independent think tank- and will be managed by Salford based social enterprise Unlimited Potential using national funding. The competition is being spearheaded by Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist women’s health and maternity care and is backed by local community leaders.

The competition acknowledges that people are experts in their own lives and can often come up with new and radically different ways to tackle problems. It will build on the strengths and social relationships that already exist within local neighbourhoods to enable families to have greater control over their own lives. It is also looking for ideas that can be replicated across the country.

The competition is open to local people including families themselves, as well as people from any walk of life such as artists, technologists, scientists, engineers, students or business people. The competition recognises that people from different backgrounds and with different experiences and skills may be able to offer fresh eyes. It is being advertised on the internet to encourage international ideas alongside local ones.

As well as cash prizes of £1000 for the best ideas, it is an opportunity for anyone with a passion for improving people’s lives to see their idea potentially taken up and implemented.

Three big problems in the NHS in the North West will be tackled in Salford, Knowsley and Wirral. Mike Pyrah, who leads on this work for the Social Value Foundation said ‘We want to hear from local people who understand their communities best and know what will work and what won’t. If you are sat there thinking, why don’t they do such and such, now is the time to tell us.’

Local leaders at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust have already recognised that they need to think differently about how they deliver services.

Gail Naylor, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at the Trust who is helping to lead the work said: ‘We need to be looking at the whole person and the community in which they live and not just maternity care. We want to hear from individuals about the positive aspects of their lives and not just the negatives or problems.  We think our community holds the key to this.’

Anyone who is interested in applying is invited to visit the website www.nwsocialvaluefoundation.org for a downloadable application form, or can contact the project manager Heather Henry on Tel 07941790670. The closing date for applications is 26th September 2013 at 5pm.

Love Local Business in Knowsley

Supplier Event with Knowsley Council – Update on Changes to Procurement Procedures

Knowsley Council has recently changed its procurement procedures, which could lead to more opportunities for small and medium businesses to compete for the supply of goods, services and works to the council.

The council would like to update you on these changes and you are invited to attend an information session.

The objective is for delegates to:

  • Learn about the new procurement procedures
  • Speak to members of the council’s procurement team
  • Access business support opportunities

Information sessions have been arranged in both Kirkby and Huyton on the following dates and times:-

Kirkby Leisure Centre on Tuesday 15th October 2013, at 09:00am to 11:00am

Huyton Suite on Wednesday 16th October 2013, at 08:00am to 10:00am

To book your place on either of the sessions, please contact the Business Liaison Team at Knowsley Council – telephone 0151 477 4000 or email the Business Liaison Team.  Please provide your company name, contact details and which session you would like to attend.

PLEASE NOTE: Booking is essential.

This event is available to Knowsley based businesses only!

KULO Coffee Morning

Come aKULO Coffee Morning Leafletnd join us for a coffee and a natter at the Old Schoolhouse, St John’s Road Huyton on Tuesday 17th September 10 – 12pm!

As a new resident-led board it’s our very first event and it’s over to you to help us shape our activities across the borough.

Tell us what’s important to you, or what’s bothering you. From housing, benefit changes, accessibility issues, local transport, employment…we are here to listen and importantly raise your concerns with the right people and get answers. We’ll also have guest speakers on hand to share with you activities, information and support available to you as a Knowsley resident.

If you want to find out a bit more about who we are and what we do, call Nancie on 07501 653984 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

A new centre to make life easier

accessible bus for CILCIL is the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living and it’s aim is to make YOUR life easier.

The Knowsley CIL is designed as a one stop shop for all things mobility to help you live more independently. With an accessible showroom displaying a whole range of aids and adaptations to try out such as stair lifts, chairs, beds, mobility, bathing and some much more. CIL’s friendly staff are also on hand to provide impartial advice.

Contact the Centre for Independent Living on 0151 244 4070. No need to book, just call in! Unit 11 Brickfields, Huyton Business Park, Huyton L36 6HY.

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