About Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living

The Centre for Independent Living is a vibrant partnership of organisations and local services who work together to promote independence and mobility across Knowsley.

Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living (CIL) aims to make your life easier.

Care & Repair England describe the CIL as ‘pioneering’, particularly in the way we have demonstrated what can be achieved if organisations work together, pool budgets and co-locate staff.

The centre was established in 2011 in response to demand by local residents who had requested a facility that offered a range of services ‘under one roof’.  In response, Knowsley Council, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustKnowsley Housing Trust and the Voluntary Sector formed a partnership in order to review the services available and how they could best be delivered to meet the needs of users.

Now, a fully integrated team of local services and organisations operate from the centre in Huyton. 

Services include an in-house Disabled Facilities Grant Team, Care & Repair and handyperson service, Knowsley Housing Trust’s adaptations team, occupational therapists, sensory services, assistive technology, a children’s team, wheelchair services, rehabilitation, blue badge assessments, a wheelchair repair facility and equipment recycling centre.

In addition, we have a range of large aids and adaptations on display including stair lifts, wheelchairs, beds and lifeline alarms.

You can also access an online shop called Vivark Care which sells a wide range of aids and adaptations products to help you in and around your home.

Both Care & Repair England and Age UK have identified the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living as best practice for the home adaptations services it provides for disabled people in Knowsley.

Please play the video below for an introduction to Centre for Independent Living, Knowsley.

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