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Thanks to the  generosity of the Henry Smith Foundation, we have received funding to deliver the BIG Pathway award winning project into 2019.  For full details of the BIG Pathway and how to enrol click here












Thanks to the Nat West Bank and the  Skills and Opportunities Fund we will be commencing our financial skills project – Managing My Money  early in 2019.  For full details of Managing My Money project and how to enrol click here


Thanks to everyone who ‘made their green tokens count’ at ASDA Huyton

Pictured is Joyce Greaves, CEO, being presented with the cheque for the winning charity for July/August from ASDA’s Communities Officer, Richard Gowan.

Joyce says

this funding will be a huge help in delivering our projects for local people with learning difficulties

KDC are recruiting

Thanks to funding from The Henry Smith Charity we are looking to recruit the following posts to help deliver our award winning BIG Pathway learning programme, Managing My Money project and expand the BIG group Knowsley within the community.

to apply for any of the posts you must email recruitment@kdc.org.uk for a full application pack and detailed description of the post you are applying for.





Business Development Manager


Basic salary up to £23K p. a – OTE up to £30K

Your Payroll is a well-established payroll processing bureau specialising in services for people who employ personal assistants/carers in their own home using direct payments from their local authority.  We also offer payroll processing for small businesses and voluntary sector organisations.

This is a new role introduced to build on our excellent reputation and spearhead our focus to drive growth in client numbers in the commercial sector.  With a new website just launched, this is an exciting opportunity to be the ‘face’ of Your Payroll and the driving force for growth and market presence.

Who you are:

  • You have expertise of delivering sales within a small business, not for profit or charity sector and can demonstrate an understanding of the operational requirements and value of outsourced payroll activities.
  • Your passion for sales will be obvious and your skills will show through your career.
  • You have great discipline and love creating tangible results.

 What you would be accountable for:

  • Developing sales plans and maximising opportunities to generate sales activity
  • Identifying and creating sales leads through proactive prospecting, networking and engagement channels with strategic partners
  • Delivering promotional and marketing related activities e.g. seminars, mailing and call campaigns to increase brand awareness and presence in the local market


What essential attributes you need:

  • Professional sales experience within a service-related industry
  • Ability to build relationships and quickly develop trust with customers and prospects
  • Refined presentation skills
  • A ‘can-do’ attitude and ability to work with minimal supervision to achieve targets

View the detailed job description here, to apply email your CV to recruitment@kdc.org.uk quoting BDM1118 in the subject.  For an informal discussion, contact Joyce Greaves on 0151 480 4090.

Closing date for applications is Monday 3 December.  Kindly funded by 


World Mental Health Day

KDC is launching a new development programme on  Direct Payments  for local people who receive mental health services , family carers and Personal Assistants.

The programme will have the following features;

We want to update  our KDC Webpages for Direct Payments & Mental Health  . It is out of date and in need of a refresh . We are interested in new information & guidance  , local stories and experiences of receiving Direct Payments , articles and other areas of interest

A new information leaflet  – Our current leaflet “ Direct Payments can help you manage your recovery and keep well “  was created  six  years ago in collaboration with professionals from the 5BP Assertive Outreach team and people using mental health services . We want to create and produce a new leaflet together with local people using mental health services , family carers and interested professionals .  It will be all about co-production , however , we did some work on this last year so we do have some materials to build from.

A collaboration with FACE/ Face Forward to offer training to Personal Assistants in “ Awareness of Mental Health Problems – NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate “ This will be a bespoke course delivered to interested Personal Assistants in the Knowsley area .  We will also be promoting the “ Face Forward Recovery Partnership Courses “ through our social media and networks and much more , watch this space and follow KDC on twitter  @knowsleydisabil  for updates and progress reports

Later this month, Knowsley Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care, and Knowsley CCG will be implementing a new Direct Payments Policy, practitioner guidance, service user guidance, process maps and an overhaul of systems and processes.  We anticipate that this will build an effective platform to move forward with the offer of Direct Payments.  People with experience of using mental health services say that they want to be in control of their own lives, and of the support they need.   Direct Payments are the opportunity to make this a reality, and provide a much wider range of choices to what is available from statutory services.

Please share amongst your networks.

If you are interested in working together on any area of this development programme please contact me

SEND – Knowsleys Local Offer

Free Legal Advice – Social Care and SEND Clinic

Liverpool Law Clinic are launching their new service from Monday 8th October 2018


Are you the parent or carer of a child with disabilities?

Do you need advice with

  • Support from the Local Authority including assessments, short breaks services, holiday play schemes, care at home, aids and adaptations, financial help with travel costs , direct payments
  • Welfare Benefits general advice about entitlement to benefits related to a child’s disability, including disability living allowance, carers allowance and blue badges
  • Special educational needs provision

The clinic are now taking appointments, the appointments can take place at Alder Hey hospital or at the Liverpool Law Clinic or we can facilitate Skype interviews.

Further details can be found here:

If you have any questions about this Clinic service, please don’t hesitate to contact them on 0151 794 5782

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KDC’s Big Pathway wins Community Project of the Year award!


Keri Romano, Project Coordinator holding the trophy, next to Joyce Greaves, CEO who are both flanked by Neil Fitzmaurice, compere for the event and Jane Trevithick from Anthony Collins Solicitors who sponsored the award.

Keri Romano, Project Coordinator holding the trophy, next to Joyce Greaves, CEO who are both flanked by Neil Fitzmaurice, compere for the event and Jane Trevithick from Anthony Collins Solicitors who sponsored the award.

We are delighted to announce that KDC’s Big Pathway project received the award for Community Project of 2017 at the 11th Annual First Ark Impact Awards last Friday.

The award recognises the Big Pathway as a project “that really stands out and has made a difference within your community”.

We were so proud to be acknowledged amongst lots of fantastic community groups and services from across Merseyside. The Big Pathway has enabled 47 adults with Learning Disabilities to build their self-confidence, learn new skills and work towards getting into paid employment. Read more here. The award will hopefully help to secure further funding to run a second programme in 2018.

Special mention goes to the runners up, the Opening Doors Befriending Service which is combating social isolation through its volunteers who support and encourage elderly people to get out and about at least once a week.

A new programme will be launched in 2018 and we are looking for volunteer support. If you are interested, then click here for more details.

Keri Romano and Joyce Greaves collect First Ark Impact AwardFirst Ark Impact Award TrophyFirst Ark Impact Awards Ceremony on Friday 3rd November 2017


Personal Health Budget (PHB) holder funding

If you receive a Personal Health Budget (PHB) from the NHS to employ a personal assistant (PA), you can apply for funding from Skills for Care.

The funding can be used for care related training to help you as an employer, or to develop the skills of your PAs.

It can cover the costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA attends training.

Read how other employers have used the fund and see examples of training and qualifications they could fund.

If you employ a PA using your own money or through a direct payment, you can also apply for the funding. Visit the individual employer funding page.


How can I apply?

To apply for funding, you’ll need to complete the application form and send it to Skills for Care. You can download this as a:

You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the conditions on the grant.

You must send this application form with all necessary documents before 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2018.


The Skills for Care guidance document will explain more about the funding and how to complete your application. This is also available as an easy read guidance.

You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the condition of the grant.  You might find the frequently asked questions about personal budget holder funding useful.

What can I apply for?

  • You can apply for funding to develop the skills of yourself and your personal assistant.
  • The fund will cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring a replacement PA.

This funding cannot be used to fund training for health care tasks included in your care plan.

The costs and delivery of training for these essential tasks must be met by the NHS organisation issuing the budget.

What happens next?

Skills for Care will consider all applications for funding on a case by case basis. If successful, they will usually notify you within 30 days and arrange payment directly into your bank account.

This funding will close on 31 March 2018.


Other support for PHB holders

The Skills for Care Information hub for individual employers and PAs has lots of practical resources and advice to support PHB holders who employ their own PAs.

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