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Personal Independence Payment Information Session

Guide to PIP_2016A Useful Guide to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is the hop topic for our August Information Session.

Members for our disability community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of public information sessions in 2016 on topics and issues we as local people with disabilities would like to know more in depth & in detail about.

Our next information session, covering Personal Independent Payments  takes place on Wednesday 3 August, 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, L36 6HY.

It’s important to our group, that local people with disabilities living in Knowsley are equipped with clear information and facts about Personal Independence Payments, not only to help themselves live happy & healthy lives but also any information that learned on the day can be shared with other people in Knowsley.

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

From PIP, Direct Payments, Personal Health Budgets, Carers Assessments, Power of Attorney….if  you have a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions or how you can get involved with the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Jim on 07712 889 302 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Don’t forget we’ll also be hosting a Direct Payments Information session on Wednesday 6 July 12.30 – 2pm, at the Knowsley Independent Living Centre, in partnership with local charity Knowsley Disability Concern.

Further information about Personal Independence Payments can be found by clicking the following website links:

www.gov.uk

www.disabilityrightsuk.org

www.nhs.uk

www.motability.co.uk

Knowsley Library Delivery Service

Knowsley Home library service_KULOIf you live in Knowsley and have an access issue which prevents you from visiting your local library – read on….. Knowsley’s much loved Library Service offer a free home delivery service, straight to your door. You can choose a wide range of books in a variety of different formats to suit your needs including e-books, audio books, large print and DVD’s.

A member of the home delivery service team can arrange with you a one to one visit, to find out in detail what your interests are.

To sign up or for more information about the FREE Home Delivery Service contact 0151 443 4202 or email: diane.rose@knowsley.gov.uk

Did you know there are 5 libraries in Knowsley, along with a mobile library, home delivery and dedicated School Library Service.

Our local libraries across Knowsley have a variety of accessible features and aids including wheelchair access, hearing aid loops, screen reading and magnification software for visually impaired people, textphone, lift, accessible toilets and touchscreen facilities.

To find out more details about your local library contact:

Halewood – 0151 443 2086
The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood L26 9UH

Huyton – 0151 443 3734
Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD

Kirkby – 0151 443 4289
1st Floor, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY

Prescot – 0151 443 5101
Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot L34 5GA

Stockbridge Village – 0151 443 2501
The Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre, The Withens, Stockbridge Village L28 1AB

Remember if you can’t get to your local library in Knowsley, they can come to you for FREE!

A New Disability Access Guide for Knowsley

Disabled go_KULODisabledGo is a free accessibility checking website where you can find information for places to go across the UK and Republic of Ireland including hotels, restaurants, shops, cinemas, libraries and more. Most importantly, every single venue on our website has been visited in person by one of our highly trained DisabledGo surveyors.

Knowsley Council and Disabled Go will be holding consultation events for disabled people, older people, carers and disability organisations to seek your views on the new access guide coming to Knowsley.

The DisabledGo project provides in-depth online access information for 700 venues across Knowsley including shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, libraries, parks, and many more which will be available as an on online guide.

The access guide helps increase independence and choice for Disabled people. By providing detailed information on the access features of venues and public spaces Disabled people can make an informed judgment about the suitability of access.

Disabled Go need Disabled people to help identify a range of places and spaces across Knowsley to include in the access guide.

They are holding three consultations for disabled people, parents of disabled children, older people and carers giving them a perfect opportunity to contribute to the project.

If you are interested in work experience opportunities, please stay behind to have a chat with the DisabledGo staff member or click this Work Experience Specification document. The work experience opportunity will involve helping a DisabledGo surveyor collect the factual information publish on the DisalbedGo website.

More information will be given on the day with a short presentation.

When and where?

Wednesday 29th June 10:30am – 12:30pm  

The big hall at the Old Schoolhouse, St. Johns Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 0UX

Wednesday 29th June 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, L32 8SA

Thursday 30th June 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Halewood Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TE

Funding Available with Skills for Care

trainingIf you employ your own care and support (an individual employer), you can apply to to Skills for Care  to cover the cost of care related training for yourself and your personal assistant (PA).

Who can apply?

If you receive a direct payment from your local authority, a personal health budget (PHB) or use your own money to employ your own care and support staff, you can apply for this funding.

What can I claim for?

The fund can be used for training to develop you as an employer and to develop the skills of your Personal Assistant.

The fund can cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training.

For more information, please get in touch directly with Skills for Care
0113 2411275 or email funding@skillsforcare.org.uk.

**Not sure what a Direct Payment is? Our community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a Direct Payment Information Session on Wednesday 6 July, 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living – all welcome!**

Direct Payments Public Information Session

Direct Payments_2016 v3Every month the Knowsley User Led Organisation will be hosting a series of public information sessions on topics and issues we’d like to know more in depth & in detail about.

We’ll be kick starting with a Direct Payments talk on Wednesday 6 July from 12.30 – 2pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, L36 6H and everyone who’d like to know more about Direct Payments are welcome to attend.

Our mission is to ensure people with disabilities as well as carers who live in Knowsley are informed and up to date on topics and issues which effect us all.

It’s important to our group,  that local people are equipped with clear information and facts, to not only help themselves live happy & healthy lives but also any information can be shared with others.

In August 2016, we’ll be covering Personal Independent Payments (PIP) which has replaces Disability Living Allowance. PIP is topic which concerns and has directly affected many of us of lately.

It’s vital that people are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available, there’s a lot of changes taking place that local people just aren’t aware of  let alone prepared for.

For more information about our series of talks and sessions or how you can get involved call Jim on 07712 889 302 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

 

Crime and community safety in Knowsley – what matters to you?

Crime imageCrime and community safety in Knowsley – what matters to you?

Knowsley’s community safety partners (including the council, police and registered social landlords to name a few) are currently consulting on their strategic plan, which addresses local issues of crime and community safety.

Following a review of data (including reported crime), the 2016/17 priorities have been identified in the survey.

Knowsley Council would like to hear from you to ensure these priorities are the ones that matter to you. 

Please let us have your comments by completing the online form by 14 June 2016.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

What’s Cooking at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living?

Cookery sessions_KULOEvery Monday from 10 – 12pm  at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living our community group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation host FREE healthy cookery sessions.

Places are available on the next group starting Monday 20 June 10 – 12pm. Whether your fed up of cooking the same old thing, or you need a few practical tips on cooking a bit more healthier – our cookery sessions are for you.

Not only will you prepare and cook a couple of meals from scratch each week, you’ll also work alongside Clare, who is on hand to give practical and professional advice and top tips on health swaps and lower in fat alternatives.

Booking is essential and do let us know if you have any access requirements. Call Jim 07712 889 302 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

Free Epilepsy Awareness Sessions

Free epilepsy training KnowsleyBluebell Park School in Kirkby will be hosting Epilepsy Awareness Sessions in partnership with Knowsley’s Community Nursing Team as part of National Epilepsy Week.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures.

Epilepsy is estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the UK. This means that almost one in every 100 people has the condition.

The informative sessions take place on 16 – 21 May 3.30 – 5pm at Bluebell Park School, Cawthorne Walk, Southdene, Kirkby L32 3XP.

To book a FREE place call Lynsey O’Brien 443 2530. The sessions are suitable for parents/carers and professionals.

Swimming Lessons for Children with Visual Impairments

Free swimming lessonsSt Vincent’s School are delighted to offer free and supported swimming sessions for children with visual impairments (3 – 14yrs).

The swimming sessions will be led by a fully qualified teacher and take place at St Vincent’s School, Yew Tree Lane, West Derby Liverpool L12 9HN.

Dates for swimming sessions are as follows:

10, 17 and 24 June & 1, 8, 15 July from 1 – 3pm. To register your interest please email Office@stvin.com or call 0151 228 9968

Knitting Masterclasses

Knitting sessionsTake part in FREE Knitting Masterclasses taking place at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our creative sessions begin on Wednesday 17 February from 10 – 12pm. With another 2 sessions following on Wednesday 24 February and Wednesday 2 March 10 – 12pm.

Not only will you learn some basic stitches, you’ll also get to make either a snood (to keep yourself warm) or a pouf (to put your feet up in style).

We supply the essential tools needed to start and complete your unique items for you or your home, including knitting needles, a choice of colourful yarn, as well as expert guidance, a cup of tea and good company.

‘I’m really pleased that we as a group can offer these sessions for people of all abilities to fully get involved no matter what your disability. We as community of people disbilities want to make sure everyone can get involved, you’ll be amazed at what you can do and acheive’, said Yvonne Owens, who advocates for local people with visual impairments.

Take part and join in!

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