Enter & View with Healthwatch Knowsley

enter and viewA FREE training opportunity with our friends Heathwatch Knowsley.

Enter & View. Wednesday 18th September, 10am—4pm, The Old School House, Huyton.and limited places are available only.

What’s it all about?

Enter and View is one of the statutory powers of Healthwatch and allows us to enter services andview whether they are working well or not. Previously, the focus of the Enter & View Team has been Care Homes and Hospitals and these visits have helped us to identify areas of excellent practice as well as to make recommendations where areas for improvement have been identified. We are currently looking for people who are interested in joining the Enter & View team to carry out visits and support this process. If you would like to find out more or book onto the training course, please contact Lee-Ann on 0151 449 3954 or email (places are limited so please book your place asap).* Please note this work will require a Criminal Records check.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Mile

Alzheimers_Society_01Help raise money for Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in a Memory Mile, 8 September 2013 at Aintree Race Course. Starting from 11am
all monies raised by you will provide vital support to people living with dementia and help research to find a cure for the future

The great news is, for every walker who takes part in the Memory Mile, Bupa Care Homes will donate £2.50 to Alzheimer’s Society.

Please note that the event area is NOT wheelchair accessible.

For more details of how you can take part call the Knowsley branch of the Alzheimer’s Society 0151 4264 433 or email

Let’s Check your health and wellbeing

A 5 Borough Partnership Trust initiative helping to improve the health and wellbeing of adults with learning disabilities.

The ‘Let’s Check’ initiative was established in 2012 by the Warrington Community Learning Disability Nursing Team within 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The initiative aims to support adults with a learning disability to access appropriate health checks, appointments and treatment in a meaningful, timely manner.

‘Let’s Check’ is centred around the Health File – a bespoke, patient-owned folder which is tailored to the meet the needs of the individual. The Health File is an easy-to-access, concise and structured way for health professionals to record and check vital information, which the patient takes with them each time they access their local health services.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Sandra Bardsley developed the initiative to address some of the on-going problems they were seeing in patients with a learning disability who were accessing local health services.

“It is a well-known fact that people with learning disabilities have a higher level of health needs than the general population,” says Sandra.

“In addition, we have found that the information health professionals require to support their diagnoses and treatment plans was not always readily available when they were seeing a patient who has a learning disability.”

“In response, we developed the Health File to ensure the information GPs require to support their diagnosis is accessible and up-to-date. The file not only helps to promote effective communication, it also minimises the risk of further, unnecessary appointments, ultimately helping to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of adults with a learning disability.”

For more information about the ‘Let’s Check’ initiative, email the team at

Home Services Assistants Needed!

Age UK Knowsley & West Mersey is looking for reliable and committed staff in Knowsley, Liverpool and Sefton to provide domestic and social support services for older people.

Since 1999 we have provided a number of support services for older people within their own homes, at a time when they need it most. The main duties will be domestic chores. But we give older people, their families and carers the reassurance of keeping a friendly eye on their health and wellbeing.

Do you have the care and commitment to provide practical and social help for older people?

For more information contact Janet Macaulay about Home Services Assistants on 0151 449 3537 or email

FREE PIP tips for family carers!

Are you a family carer of an adult with a learning disability who is aged 16 or over? Do you want to know more about applying for Personal Independence Payment, which is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

These free sessions will give family carers the confidence and information they need to support their relative with their application for Personal Independence Payment. Tuesday 10th September 2013 at the World Museum William Brown Street Liverpool L3 8EN.

Session 1: 10.30am to 12.30pm & Session 2: 1.30pm to 3.30pm (each session is the same, please choose a time to suit you best)

Come along for practical tips and information about:
– preparing for the PIP application
– filling in forms
– how the DWP assesses and scores people
– preparing for the face to face assessment
– the new appeals process and more…

If you would like to attend, please contact Julia Erskine at Merseyside Partners in Policymaking on 0151 287 7977. This session is being run in partnership with the Family Carer Support Service (FCSS). For more information about the FCSS and its work, go to: or call 0117 906 1751

Walking in water

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Can you support Stephen? He’s one of our Knowsley User Led Organsiation’s newest committee board members, please read on.

My name is Stephen Black and I live in Halewood, Liverpool. Here is my story.

I hope it inspires you to sponsor me, to help the “Tuesday group” as well as increase the self-belief that you yourselves can do anything you set your mind to. I am living proof of that.On the 8th of April 2008 I endured a sixty foot fall from a rooftop, leaving me in a coma and on a life support machine.

The doctors gave me no chance of awakening from my coma or surviving without the life support machine.  They told my family that it would be a ‘miracle’ if I made it through but even if I did I would not remember anyone. Well I proved them wrong.

After four long weeks I regained consciousness, the hard work then began to start. I was forced to learn everything which you would normally take for granted from scratch again including eating, washing, dressing, talking but I am still in a wheelchair.

I try to do everything for myself but it is difficult, as life always is. I have regained some of my independence. I am becoming more confident day by day and I am still progressing with my mobility.

I feel that my disability hinders me as the way I sound sometimes prevents people taking me more seriously. Apart from that I feel that I am overcoming the negative points of my disability and I am helped with this by my brilliant support worker (Lee), devoted family and caring friends.

My aim is to complete a sponsored walk in the swimming pool to help raise funds for the ‘Tuesday Group’ which is a group run by volunteers to help disabled people socialise and feel better about themselves which I attend.

I am going to walk 5K (300 widths) on the 1st of October in the swimming pool with the aid of the water buoyancy to help raise money for the ‘Tuesday Group’ to continue their excellent work and become even bigger and better as there are a lot of disabled people who are still unaware of this group.

I intended to find a worthy cause to raise money for and in the ‘Tuesday Group’ I feel that they are devoted to help disabled people’s lives change for the better. The club is run totally by voluntary workers and it is funded by generous local individuals. The people who devote their time and effort are friendly people and everyone there has a smile on their face.

Finally after searching, I have found my worthy cause. So please ALL come and show your support on Tuesday 1st October 2013 starting from 9.30am onwards at: The Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood, Merseyside L26 0TY or call 0151 443 2124

Affordable wheelchair hire in Knowsley

care and repair wheelchair hireNeed to hire a wheelchair? Perhaps you or a family member is off on holiday? Or want try before you buy? Knowsley’s Care & Repair team can help!

They have a variety of wheelchairs that can be hired for a small fortnightly rate of £15 (plus returnable deposit) on either a short or long term basis and if you decide you want to buy a chair they have a great range of high in quality self-propel or assisted chairs in standard or light-weight models  – approved by Knowsley Wheelchair Service.

Based in the Centre for Independent Living, Ellis Ashton Street,  Huyton. Knowsley’s Care & Repair Team are happy to help you choose a wheelchair that that is right for you  – without the hard sell!

Open Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm  or call the Care & Repair Team on 0151 548 6668.

FREE volunteer training

163160_177765882260517_156026731101099_345163_4171649_nAre you a volunteer for a local organisation or community group? Or maybe you’re you looking to volunteer? If so take part in a FREE, fun and interactive one day workshop to enhance or develop your much needed and valuable skills as a volunteer. You’ll cover communication skills, health and safety, time management…..interested?
Get in touch here or E: or call us on 07501 653984
Please note if your an organisation  in Knowsley and have volunteers who you think would benefit, get in touch also! Venue and start date to be confirmed.


Be on the look out for Healthwatch Knowsley

hw-knowsley-logoYour local Healthwatch Knowsley want tohelp you get the best out of local health and social care services; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in the futur

What do we do?

  • We provide people with information, advice and support about local health and social care services
  • We gather the views and experiences of local people on the way services are delivered and have the power to enter and view adult health and social care services to get a feel for how they are delivering
  • We influence the way services are designed and delivered based on evidence from those who use services
  • We influence how services are set up and commissioned by having a seat on the local Health and Wellbeing Board

Want to get involved?

Call the Healthwatch Knowsley 0151 449 3954 or email:

The Chest is Open!

community chestKnowsley’s Community Chest fund is now open to groups, organisations and communities  across Knowsley. You can apply for upto £500.

It is targeted at supporting projects that benefit Knowsley residents. Any community, voluntary, charitable or non-profit making organisation based in Knowsley or predominantly serving the Knowsley community can apply for a grant.

Organisations must:

  • Be properly constituted
  • Have a bank account with at least two signatories
  • Not have political affiliations
  • Follow an open access policy towards membership, use of their facilities and participation in activities

Click here for guidance and how to get hold of an application form. Go for it!

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