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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 It is out of date and in need of a refresh .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.

Feedback from the Good Employer Workshops

Being disabled in Britain

Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal

(Equality and Human Rights Commission report)

Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?.

We want this report to be used by UK and devolved governments to make improvements to law and policies, by local government to ensure services meet the needs of disabled people, and by disability groups to strengthen their case for change.

The report includes chapters on six areas of life, including education, work, health, justice and participation in politics, looking at where there has been progress and where there are still serious issues to be tackled. It also looks the experiences of those with different impairments and how these impact on people’s life chances.

We have also produced supporting data tables of the evidence behind the report.



read the report here  or on the picture below

Being Disabled in Britain


Autism & Mental Health Documentary

As part of their community project, a recent cohort of Prince’s Trust 16 – 25 year-olds decided to create a video to raise awareness of autism and associated mental health issues in Knowsley.

Carer’s Rights and the Care Act 2014

Carers Rights
and the Care Act 2014

Luke Clements

The Care Act 2014 repeals most of the principal adult social care statutes (as they apply in England ) – the laws that oblige social services’ departments to assess and to provide services for disabled, elderly and ill adults as well as their carers.

A major problem with the 2014 Act is revealed in its long title – namely that it is an ‘Act to make provision to reform the law relating to care and support for adults and the law relating to support for carers … .’ The problem being in the word ‘adults’: many of the ‘community care’ and ‘carers’ statutes also had provisions relating to children (ie young carers; disabled children and parent carers). As a result of a vigorous campaign by a number of disabled children’s and carers’ activists / organisations many of the problems concerning the rights of young carers, disabled children and parent carers have been addressed – but in large measure via the Children and Families Act 2014. These changes are considered at the end of these notes under the heading ‘Provisions relating to disabled children, young carers and parent carers’

read the full report

Knowsley Carers’ Strategy 2017 – 2019 – Provider launch event

Knowsley Carers’ Strategy 2017 – 2019 – Provider launch event
Save the date!
Monday 12th December
9.45am – 1pm (to start 10am)
The Venue, Civic Way, Poplar Bank, Huyton, L36 9GD

Could your organisation help deliver Knowsley’s Carers’ Strategy?

The new Knowsley Carers’ Strategy 2017-19 has been written in the light of the Care Act 2014, to focus support for carers on maintaining or regaining the health and wellbeing of carers and the people they care for, and prevent deterioration where possible , including the breakdown of the caring relationship.

The Knowsley Carers’ Strategy 2017-19 has been shaped extensively by carers themselves through the Carers’ Strategy Group which meets monthly and also two surveys of carers.

Come and hear about the Knowsley Carers ‘ Strategy 2017-19, and our action plan to deliver it, and tell us how you can help deliver it.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please register at:
Please email Adele Gregory on adele.gregory@knowsley.gov.uk if you have any queries.