Free Autism Training in Knowsley

Be aware free autism training knowsleyAre you a local business, organisation or community group in Knowsley that wants to have a better understanding about Autism?

Did you know that New Start Living can offer free training for 2 hours for your organisation, group/and or staff members?

For further information please contact Donna Gillespie 07808 845 779 or email:

Caring Kirkby Companions

caring Kirkby companionsCaring Kirkby Companions meet every Thursday from 7.30pm at the RAFA Club, Broad Lane, Southdene Kirkby.

New members are always welcome to join the weekly social activity group, where you can have a chat, drink and bite to eat in a relaxed setting – you can even play bingo and take part in prize raffles.

Caring Kirkby Companions also offer to members day’s out and go and see activities to theatre’s and local markets too.

For more information about the group search Caring Kirkby Companions on Facebook  and add the group as a friend. Alternatively contact Knowsley Carers Centre for more information on 0151 549 1412.  

Black is Back!

Stephen black walk in waterStephen Black has raised a  £6837.55 for Walton Neurological Centre, after Walking in Water. 

Six years ago Stephen fell 60 feet to the ground and was rushed to Walton Neurological Centre and put on a life support machine.

He spent five weeks in a coma and began the journey of learning how to eat, talk and dress (basically everything we would normally take for granted) all over again.

In 2014 Stephen decided to give back and help the hospital that saved his life. He walked in water (300 widths to be precise) in 3 hours.

“It was an accomplishment considering I’m in a wheelchair, however I like to push myself, so for my second venture I’m going to walk twice as far, 600 widths (10K).”

In September 2015,  he did just that. Not only doubling the walk distance, he smashed his previous time and completed Walk in Water 2, in a staggering 1 hour and 40 minutes!

Stephen Black big ChequeStephen’s fundraising efforts of £6837.55 will go towards helping the Walton Neurological Centre to build accommodation to enable family members to stay with their loved ones in their time of need.

Click here to take a look at Stephen’s Walk in Water 2

Knowsley Carers and the Cuts

Knowsley Carers and the cutsOn Wednesday 30 September 10 am- 12pm Knowsley Carers Centre will be hosting a public forum for carers to explore issues and challenges they face.

Knowsley Carers want to hear from you, if you have any issues, questions or concerns  you would like to ask or be raised on your behalf. These questions will be presented to panel of senior Adult Social Care officers at a future event.

In 2014 Knowsley Carers and the Cuts held their very first public forum with representatives from KMBC which gave rise to positive outcomes for local carers and Knowsley Carers Centre, hope to build upon this success.

Knowsley Carers Centre explain that ‘It’s really important that carers attend this meeting to give us a better understanding of the type of issues carers face.’

If you have questions or queries from new care cost increases, transport charges, carers assessments, short breaks for carers……..get in touch.

For more information and to register interest please contact Knowsley Carers Centre on 0151 549 1412 before 18 September with your contact details.

Theatre Programme for Young People

Theatre designIf you are aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment you are welcome to ‘Get Started’ and join up with the Princes Trust & Everyman Theatre for a FREE Training Programme.

Young people aged 16 – 25yrs will get to work with professionals in a real theatre to gain skills in lighting, sound and projection. Get to see a professional production, find out about backstage jobs in a theatre,  work as a group to design and create staging for a production and gain a Bronze Arts Award.

You’ll also enjoy a fun week improving your teamwork, communication skills and confidence and have the chance to go onto further courses with the Theatre.

No prior experience needed, the course is FREE to attend and includes travel expenses, lunch will also be provided. You will receive three months support after the programme to help you move into education, training or employment.

The course will run from 7th to 11th September 2015 at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

A taster day is being held on 2nd September 2015 at the Everyman Theatre.

For more information, or to book a place, contact Darren Hulse:
E: or phone or text ‘THEATRE’ to 07947 856 434

Journey Assistance Cards

journey-assistance-cards-a4_Page_1Heard of Journey Assistance Cards? The cards feature a range of messages that tell bus and train drivers what help you’d like during your journey.

The cards are discreet, easy for you to use and easy for others to understand especially if your disability is hidden.

Just show the card to the driver as well as your travel ticket when boarding the bus. To download the cards please click here

Knowsley Falls & Wellbeing Service

Falls and wellbeingKnowsley Falls & Wellbeing is community based service of local health and social care staff providing home based assessments to look at potential causes of falls and fractures.

It’s a free service available to anyone in Knowsley aged 55 and over and they accept referrals from anyone who has fallen or is afraid of falling.

Based at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, call the team on 0151 244 3362 or email

Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Support Service Knowsley

Alcohol support serviceENGAGE Knowsley is a free, friendly and confidential support service for young people aged between 10-18 years, who may have issues with drugs/alcohol.

Engage offers:

  • One to one appointments for young people
  • Group Work (including targeted interventions)
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Support and advice for parents and families
  • Outreach Appointments
  • Support around related areas such as housing, education/training, employment and finances.

Make an appointment

Young people in Knowsley can also refer themselves to the Engage service and Engage accept referrals from most agencies/services working with young people including schools, GPs, housing, youth service.
Call Engage on 0151 546 9557 for more information

Applying for a Blue Badge in Knowsley

blue_badge KnowsleyIf you have a disability which affects your mobility you may qualify for a Blue Badge.

It allows you to park to park in ‘Blue Badge’ parking spaces, even if you aren’t the person driving.

If you meet at least one of the following criteria, you can apply for a Blue Badge:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • You are severely sight impaired (blind)
  • You received a score of 8 points or more under the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payments.
  • You receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • You have had a payment under tariff 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces compensation scheme and are certified as having a permanent and substantial disability likely to last the rest of your life
  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which makes walking difficult or impossible
  • You have a severe upper limb disability in both arms and can drive a vehicle, but can’t turn a steering wheel by hand even if the wheel is fitted with a turning handle
  • You belong to an organisation that uses a vehicle to transport disabled people

Children under 3 may also qualify for a badge if they have a medical condition which means that bulky medical equipment needs to be carried around with them, and / or they need to be near to a car in case they need speedy treatment.

How to apply

Apply in person at any KMBC One Stop Shop.  If this is not possible, please contact Knowsley Council for advice. The fee for a Blue Badge is £10.

You can also download and print off the Blue Badge application form and fill it in beforehand to save time. Otherwise, staff at Knowsley’s One Stop Shop will help you fill in the form when you call in.

You will need to provide:

  • Two passport standard photographs
  • Two forms of identification. One photo ID such as a passport, bus pass or photocard driving licence, and at least one must show your current address and be dated within the last 12 months.
  • Your most recent qualifying benefit award letter (within the last 12 months). See the list of qualifying benefits above.
  • £10 administration fee

Please note, if you apply but do not have a qualifying benefit, you will have to undergo an independent mobility assessment.  Please contact the Council for an application pack to arrange an assessment.

Blue Badge application form

How long your Blue Badge application will take

Knowsley Council will usually order your badge on the day you apply. You should receive it in the post within five working days.

If you are applying for a renewal of your current badge and need a mobility assessment KMBC recommend that you apply at least six weeks before your badge runs out to ensure you receive your new badge in time.

You must fill in the application form and provide the documents requested.  For more information about the blue badge scheme in Knowsley, call 0151 489 6000 or email

Benefit Advice From Knowsley Carers Centre

carers benefits serviceKnowsley Carers Centre have a dedicated Welfare Rights Advisor available to give carers in Knowsley direct and one to one support on benefit and welfare issues.

The Knowsley Carers Centre provide information, support and help to apply for the  the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Carers Allowance (CA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credits (PC) State Pension (SP)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit (UC)

As a carer there are also other benefits you may be able to claim for:

  • Housing Benefit (HB)
  • Council Tax Benefit (CTB)

Due to the high demand for the service can you please provide us with as much notice as possible especially for completing form’s. The welfare benefits service is an appointment only service.

To book an appoinment  0151 549 1412 for more information.

Our Welfare Rights Advisor is available to give support on benefits issues. We can provide more information about the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Carers Allowance (CA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credits (PC) State Pension (SP)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit (UC)

There are other benefits you may be able to claim, for instance:

  • Housing Benefit (HB)
  • Council Tax Benefit (CTB)

To book a one to one appointment call 0151 549 1412 and the Knowsley Carers Centre can also provide a home visit if required.

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