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Free Afternoon Tea

untitledThe Knowsley Physical Disability Partnership are holding an afternoon tea on Tuesday 22nd November at 2pm at The Old Schoolhouse, St Johns Road, Huyton, L36 0UX.

If you have any disability issues you’d like to share with local services and organisations, the partnership board invite you to attend the session.

For more information about the Physical Disability Partnership Board please contact Jen Casey on Network Support Officer – Knowsley Engagement Forum & Partnership Support 0151 449 3954

Jen.Casey@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Disabled Facilities Grants – A Knowsley Guide

disabled-facilities-grants-knowsley-talkAs part of our user led group activity for local people with disabilities, November’s Public Information Session is a very Knowsley low down on Disabled Facilities Grants. 

Our monthly community talk takes place at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY on Wednesday 2 November 12.30 – 2pm. All welcome

We will be joined by guest speaker Graham Keeling who is part of the Knowsley Council’s Disabled Facility Grants Team, based at the Centre. His talk will answer a lot of common questions we may have, for example who the grants are  for, what they can be used to improve or adapt, is there an eligibility criteria…..and more.

Our community led information sessions are informal and interactive – designed to enable all audience members to ask lots of questions and obtain answers. But if you don’t feel you are able to ask a question at any of our sessions, please speak to one of our group members and we’d be happy to ask a question on your behalf.

Why are we running Public Information Sessions?

We think it’s vital that local disabled people and carers are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available – there’s a lot of changes to taking place and opportunities available that local people just aren’t aware of.

“Being prepared and clued up on things is a big deal for us – and as they say knowledge is power. But it’s knowing what to do with the information, how to find your way around things, what sort of choices you have and who to go to to ask for help (if you need it). This is why we are running these” MO’S

Our past topics for our monthly information sessions include ‘A lowdown on PIP’, ‘Direct Payments’, ‘Carer Assessments’, ‘Power of Attorney’. We also offer you the opportunity for any suggestions you may have on a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions.

If you have something you’d like us to cover or to explore, please do get in touch with us at the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Make Vee’s Place Your Place in Prescot

vees-place-whats-on-autumn-advertNo matter how old or young you are, there’s something for everyone taking place at Vee’s Place, Prescot.

Whether it’s knitting, sewing, lunch clubs, drama classes or dancing, Vee’s place has a variety of community activities each week for all ages.

Based in Zion Church, 74 Kemble Street, Prescot L34 5SH. Vee’s Place has launched a packed Autumn 2016 community programme of activities and events – and a warm welcome is guaranteed!

Monday’s
10am Coffee morning /12noon Lunch/1pm Socials/6pm Knitting & Crochet

Tuesday’s
10am History/12noon lunch/1pm Sewing, dressmaking/6.30pm Scouts

Wednesday’s
10am Yoga/12noon lunch/1pm Musical socials/6pm Danzaciz  & Performing Arts

Thursday’s
10am groups/12noon lunch/1pm

Friday’s
10am groups/12noon Luncheon Club & social afternoon

Saturday’s
9am Cheeky Monkeys Club (up to 4 year olds) Danzaciz & Perfoming Arts.

*Please note: A small charge is applied to activities listed above (Subs £3 Adults & £1.50 youth)

If you are interested in getting involved with any activities  or would like to start something new, Vee’s Place are always on the look out for even more community activities!

Contact Verity Rhodes, Vee’s Place Centre Manager on 0151 289 3602 (after 11am)

Planning for Later Life Event

planing-for-later-life_-kulo-websiteAgencies who support older people in Knowsley are holding an event providing a range of information for older people and their families.

‘Planning for Later Life’ will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at The Venue (formerly the Huyton Suite). Local older people and their relatives are invited to drop in at any time between 2pm – 7pm.

The event will be a market place of experts covering a wide range of topics relevant to later life planning. The event will include information about:

Making a Will, Power of Attorney, Arrangements for Pets, Housing Options, Extra Care, Equity Release, Home Adaptations, Benefits Advice, Pensions,  End of Life Care, Funeral Planning and much more!

Pat Blair MBE, Chair of Knowsley Older People’s Voice explained, “Many older people prefer not to think about the inevitable issues that they, or their relatives, will need to do deal with in later life. However, addressing them in good time can be better than leaving things until some crisis occurs, when they find themselves dealing with the emotional and financial burden at an already difficult time.

“We believe that older people and their families can be better prepared for the impacts of life-changing events by having greater awareness of these topics, and access to information that can help them plan and make informed choices.

For more information, please contact: David Aspin on 0151 449 3954

Or email: David.Aspin@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Measure Up at the NEW Community College

measure-upThere’s a few places up for grabs on a FREE 10 week NHS Weight Management programme, called Measure Up. 

It takes place at the New Knowsley Community College, Stockbridge Lane, Huyton  (formerly Christ the King School) with Knowsley’s Community Health Development Team.

The FREE  weekly evening sessions start on 6 October 5.15 – 6.45pm.

Measure Up can help you lose weight gradually, make healthier lifestyle changes and improve your fitness levels – you’ll also meet new friends too!

It’s FREE and is available to adults of all abilities who live in Knowsley or if you have a Knowsley GP.

Call the Community Health Development Team on 0800 0731202

Shaping the Future – Health & Social Care in Knowsley

shaping-the-future-health-social-care-in-knowsleyDo you want to help local people in Knowsley who may need care and support to live well?  Do you have ideas about how to help local people lead happier, healthier lives for longer? 

A Liverpool based company called So Mo is working on behalf of Knowsley Council, will be running 3, one day public events in Halewood, Kirkby and Huyton.

‘These events are part of a new approach to social care and health. They will look at how we support the growth of more local ideas & initiatives in the neighbourhoods where people grow, live, work and age’.

Locations, dates and times for ‘Shaping the Future’ Public Events are as follows:

Halewood: Tuesday 1 November 9.30am – 4pm at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Lichfield Road L26 1TT

Kirkby: Monday 7 November 9.30 – 4pm at Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue L33 9TW

Huyton: Thursday 10 November 9.30 – 4pm at Court Hey Methodist Church, Roby Road L14 3NU

Lunch will also be provided.

Who should attend?
If you have ideas about how Knowsley can do things differently then get along to one of the local events.

  • People who use services or carers, (you not only understand the problem but probably have a sense of what is needed – we want to spend time with you).Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local service providers; care home owners, mental health services
  • Local entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, creatives or academics you can bring fresh ideas and approaches to the table.
  • Commissioners & practitioners in health and care services, partner organisations, CVS, Knowsley Healthwatch

We’ve also attached the Shaping the Future invitation to give you more detailed information about the events, CLICK HERE!

There are a number of ways to book your place. Go to EVENTBRITE website or contact either: Helen@so-mo.co 0151 675 5031/ Laura@so-mo.co /0151 675 5032

Bradbury Fields Active Vision Centre

Bradbury-Fields_activities_KULO websiteIf you have a visual impairment or sight loss and would like to meet other people who have sight loss, then you might like to attend the Active Vision Centre.

Based in Youens Way, Liverpool L14 2EP.  The Active Vision Centre has holistic therapies, exercise classes, entertainment and weekly social activities in an suitable environment for anyone with a visual impairment.

Did you know that Bradbury Fields operates a dedicated Visual Impairment Service for anyone who lives in Knowsley?

The friendly team are based in the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living and provide rehabilitation, information and advice to local people who are blind or partially sighted.

For more information about Bradbury Fields Services for visually impaired people in Knowsley contact 0151 244 4094.

A Brand New Knowsley Wheelchair Service Patient Forum

Knowsley Wheelchair Service_KULOThe Knowsley Wheelchair Service would like to hear your views about their service.

The Wheelchair Service Team would like local people in Knowsley to be involved in their brand new Wheelchair User Patient Forum at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

As a wheelchair user, can you spare a few hours to share your views and feedback which will help improve their services directly to Knowsley residents?

Do you have ideas and opinions which can make the service the very best it can be for local people?

For more information about how to get involved get in touch with Maria or Vikki on 0151 244 4100 or E: centreforindependentliving@5bp.nhs.uk

September Public Information Session at the CIL

image1The Knowsley User Led Organisation host monthly public information sessions in the showroom area at the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), Huyton.

The information sessions are open for anyone to attend and are hosted by local disability group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation. Topics and discussions are aimed at people with disabilities as well as carers & family members.

The next topic is ‘Getting the best from your carer’s assessment’. Taking place on Wednesday 7 September 12.30 – 2pm at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living.Whether you are applying for the first time for a carers assessment or you are due an annual review of your carers assessment, this session is aimed at helping you maximise your entitlements.

Future topics include ‘What is Power of Attorney’ and ‘Personal Health Budgets’.

For more info contact Jim 07712 889 302.

Knowsley’s Handy Little Book of Information

A handy little book for KnowsleyKnowsley Older People’s Voice have launched a handy little book packed full of local information for people of all ages who live in Knowsley.

The original version of the information booklet called the Knowsley OOPs Book was produced back in 2005 and proved very popular with its target audience – the older residents of Knowsley.

Not surprisingly, the handy little book became a key resource for health and social care professionals across the borough of Knowsley.

The brand new 2016 version, called Outreach for Our People has been updated and refreshed. This edition also reflects changes that have taken place in local statutory service provision in Knowsley as well as details of new services available.

Download your copy of the handy little book by clicking here!
The information booklet is available in both printed and digital versions, but Knowsley Older People’s Voice added “We would encourage, wherever possible, those who are able to access the digital version to do so, and to consider passing your printed copy to someone who could use it. This will preserve limited stocks of the printed booklet for those who really need it”.

Printed copies will be available at Knowsley’s One Stop Shops as well as local libraries.

Halewood One Stop Shop
The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, Knowsley L26 9UHPrescot
One Stop Shop
The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, L34 5GA
Huyton One Stop Shop
Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley L36 9YU
Kirkby One Stop Shop
The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY

For more information about the handy little information book please contact David Aspin, Knowsley Older People’s Voice on 0151 449 3954 or email: admin@kopv.org.uk

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