Have your say on travel

Knowsley Council has drafted a new travel support policy which will help us to decide who can apply for support from the Council to enable them to travel to education, training or social care services.

The Council currently provides travel support to a number of applicants who qualify for help with travel so they can access our services. This support can include providing financial assistance for an applicant to purchase a bus pass, or arranging for a mini bus, taxi or private hire vehicle to take an applicant directly to a service.

The new travel support policy proposes to change the way that the Council currently provides travel support across our community.

We are using a range of methods to ensure that as many residents and stakeholder groups as possible are aware of the proposed changes and have an opportunity to tell us what they think about them. As a key stakeholder group working with residents of Knowsley we would welcome your views on the proposed changes.

A letter containing further information, and information leaflet about the proposed changed are attached, and you can use this link to tell us your stakeholder views on the proposed changes.

Additionally, if any individuals wish to find out more, or to comment on the proposed changes, information is available at

Keep calm & chill out!

Keep clamAre you a carer? Did you know Knowsley Carers offer FREE Holistic Therapies; from Indian head massage, facials, aromatherapy and Reiki. Fancy spending a bit of time out for YOU?

Book your FREE session at Kirkby 10am – 12pm every Thursday.

Huyton 10.30 – 12pm every Wednesday.

Halewood 10.30 – 1.30pm every first Wednesday of the month. Call Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412.

Making some noise in Knowsley

Older persons VoiceHave you heard Knowsley Older Peoples Voice? Or KOPV for short!

What does KOPV do? We meet with our members throughout the year. Sometimes this can be a single large event to which all of our members in the Borough are invited. On other occasions we switch to smaller events repeated in different parts of the Borough so members can attend their local event. In addition, we regularly convene focus groups to look at a particular topic – with members invited because of their expertise in this area or just an interest in the subject.

Elsewhere on our website are details of Knowsley’s Older Peoples Strategy and the 4 key priorities we are working on. Some of our members sit on the Theme Work Groups for one or other of these themes because it is a subject that they feel strongly about. However, many more of our members prefer just to attend the odd event and enjoy the social activity!

If you are unable to attend member events due to ill health or other commitments, you can use this website to keep you up to date with KOPV activities.

Grants for Prescot Community Groups

Did you know? Prescot Town Council have a small grant available to any community, voluntary, charitable or non-profit making organisations based in Prescot or predominantly serving the Prescot community. You can apply for funding of up to £500 which can be used for a range of projects (both events or equipment) that will make a positive impact in your community. They will not support:
• The purchase of IT equipment
• Football kits or dance clothing
• Refreshments for social events

You can download the grant application here or contact Daniel Wilson – Town Clerk on 0151 443 4796 or email

Affordable Holidays

photoKMBC’s Short Breaks Team are offering the use of 2 fully accessible caravans in Presthaven Sands Holiday Park, North Wales, that are available to hire by Knowsley residents with disabilities, priced at just £100 per week. They are used throughout the year by Knowsley families with disabled children during school holidays (peak times), but will be available to book during school term time (off peak)

So maybe that holiday isn’t out of your reach after all! If you want to find out more contact KMBC’s Carolyn Donohue on 07739 643 068.

Funding of a healthy kind

Health Grants KnowsleyKMBC’s Public Health Team are inviting community groups across Knowsley to apply for up to £1,000. It’s called the Small Grants for Community Health Initiatives 2013-14  and deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 5th July.  Groups in Knowsley can apply for up to a maximum of £1,000 in any one financial year, this may be as a one off grant or a number of grants not totaling more than £1,000.

Applications must focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • Encourage Knowsley residents to eat more healthily.
  • Encourage Knowsley residents to be more physically active.
  • Reducing smoking and the promotion of smoke free environments.
  • Reducing alcohol misuse and the promotion of responsible drinking.

Priority would be given to applications that demonstrate in their proposal:

  • How activities contribute towards improvements in wellbeing. For example, helping people to feel part of their community and socially connected to others.
  • How the proposed activity would be sustained in the future.
  • That the activities are for a programme of activities rather than a one off activity.
  • That the proposal will attract new people to join in the activities.

Do give Emma Thomas (KMBC Public Health Officer) a call or send her an email for an application form. Tel: 0151 443 4987

Carers Voucher Scheme

If you are the main carer for an adult over the age of 18 and wish to take an occasional break from your caring role the voucher scheme may assist you. Each voucher can be exchanged for one hour’s care from a carer agency.
The scheme is funded by Knowsley Health and Social Care Services, made possible by the Carers’ Grant.
If you would like more information about this service and your eligibility, please contact Joanne Simm at Knowsley Carers Centre  on 0151 549 1412.

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