‘A Good Life’ helps Knowsley be a place where all people are included, get the support they need, when they need it, and have the knowledge and skills to be self-supportive and resilient, relying less on health and social care services.
A Good Life is a partnership of specialist, local organisations working together to provide
wrap-around practical support for adults in Knowsley who are disadvantaged for any reason, be it poverty, disability, age or other circumstances which prevent them from having ‘a good life’.
Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC), a registered charity established in 1983, delivers a range of information, advice and services for disabled people and those living with long-term conditions. We support people to access direct payments as a means to use their individual budget to meet their health and social care needs, deliver community learning and development programmes for adults with learning disabilities and facilitate the BIG Group of adults with learning disabilities to share experiences, support each other, participate in meaningful activities, tackle hate crime and co-produce services.
Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy and Information Service (KPAIS), a charity established in 1998, delivers a range of services for older people. TASK (TrAder Scheme Knowsley) is a directory of reputable traders to keep older and vulnerable people safe from rogue traders; SHOP for You (Supporters Helping Older People) offers support with shopping, accompanied shopping, befriending support in the home and accessing the community; and ADVOCAFE social groups across the borough address issues of loneliness and isolation. All KPAIS services are developed in response to older people’s identified needs and are underpinned by the principles and ethos of Independent Advocacy – Choice, Voice and Control. KPAIS held the contract to deliver independent issue-based advocacy support for older people in Knowsley for 15 years until 2017 when it was decommissioned.
Sight & Mind provides free bespoke support, information and guidance for individuals, families, carers, friends, and colleagues to minimise as far as possible, the profound detrimental impact on the quality of life, not only of the person themselves but also of those around them. Sight & Mind delivers dementia awareness training and facilitates access to visual impairment awareness training for health and social care professionals, practitioners, and community members.
Sight & Mind delivers dementia awareness training and facilitates access to visual impairment awareness training for health and social care professionals, practitioners, and community members.
Tailored Advice Services in the Community (TASC) is committed to enhancing the livelihood and wellbeing of those living in deprived communities by promoting social justice, reducing poverty and deprivation to all vulnerable, isolated families and individuals. TASC delivers free and confidential welfare benefits and debt advice including representation and support for appeals and tribunals. TASC provides awareness training for groups and other agencies and its person-centred approach ensures that people are digitally enabled.
The partners see the stresses on the statutory services and the ongoing increased demand for them and provides services that enable people to either find faster and more meaningful resolutions before the need for statutory services or to get the best out of the services they are using.
A Good Life works in partnership with Knowsley Council, health and social care professionals, local voluntary sector organisations and people themselves, to find and deliver successful interventions to help those in need, when they need it and address underlying issues and long term problems.