Knowsley is on the Map with Changing Places

Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living (CIL) has a designated Changing Places facility.

Changing Places is a national campaign movement on behalf of 1/4 of a million people in the UK who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

The number of Changing Places facilities nationally is steadily growing.

Paula Thompson, chair of Knowsley’s User Led Organisation said “Our community is pleased to see that Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living now has an official Changing Places facility.

We’d like to thank the team from Northwest Borough Healthcare Foundation for following up our suggestion to have this facility nationally recognised with Changing Places.

This facility is a small step to help make life a bit easier for local people and their carers who cannot access standard accessible toilets – may there be many more”.

Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living Changing Places Toilet facility features:

  • Bench – Height Adjustable, Adult Sized, Wall Mounted
  • Hoist – Ceiling , Loop
  • Peninsular Toilet
  • Non Slip Floor
  • Floor Space (sq. m) – 7
  • Emergency Alarm
  • Privacy Screen
  • Paper Roll
  • Managed
  • Locked

Our facility is located downstairs in the reception area and joins another 4 designated Changing Places in Knowsley:

Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park Longview Drive
L36 6EG

Huyton Municipal Buildings One Stop Shop Archway Road
L36 9YU

The Prescot Centre Aspinall Street
L34 5GA

Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre The Withens
Stockbridge Village
L28 1AB

You can access a useful national map of Changing Places facilities which can help you if your planning a journey anywhere in the UK. CLICK HERE

The next time you visit the Centre, look out for the Changing Places sign (which will be installed very shortly).


Shared Lives Knowsley

Could you open your home to an adult with disabilities or learning difficulties and make a real difference to somebody’s life?

Shared Lives Knowsley  is a scheme that matches adults who need support with host carers – who provide them with respite, day support or long term care in the carers’ homes.

As a Shared Lives carer for Knowsley, that’s exactly what Kay has done… more of Kay’s Shared Lives story here  

Kay from Kirkby, has been a Shared Lives carer for 28 years and a permanent carer for Gary Capaldi since he joined her family in 1988. “He has been part of our lives for 28 years and our family would not be complete without him.”

Families and individuals in Knowsley of any age can get involved with Shared Lives – which offers a great opportunity for anyone seeking a new challenge, or maybe approaching retirement.

Shared Lives Knowsley needs carers of all ages and from all backgrounds to help look after vulnerable adults in Knowsley.

And to anyone considering becoming a Shared Lives carer Kay commented: “You get to meet lots of new people and we have a great time. It’s very rewarding knowing that you’ve made a difference to someone’s life. Just pick up the phone – you won’t regret it!”

Call 0151 443 2060, or email if you would like to hear more about Shared Lives Knowsley.

Beginners Crochet

Knowsley’s User Led Organisation (KULO) will be hosting a Beginners Crochet Sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

The community sessions are open to beginners to advanced and are accesible – no matter what you ability, or age the user led group aim to make everyone feel welcome.

Crochet sessions take place every Thursday morning (10am – 12pm) in the showroom area at the centre. All materials and equipment; including hooks and wool are supplied by the User Led Group alongside expert guidance from local Crochet tutor Michelle.

‘This session is part of our community engagement programme at the centre and we’ve been really pleased to see new faces,  at all of our activities.  Our crochet sessions are more relaxed and suit those who may enjoy a smaller, quieter group”, said Yvonne Owens (KULO board member).

There is no requirement to book onto these sessions just pop into the centre any Thursday morning from 10am  – 12pm.

For more information about KULO’s community activities please contact Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email

Community Health & Wellbeing Event at the Centre


Join Vivark and a host of local services and organsiations on Friday 14 July 2017 at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, 12 – 3pm.

Find out about a range of activities and opportunities available across Knowsley which can help you lead a healthier, happier and more active lifestyle. From FREE therapies, refreshments and local information and support. Vivark’s Care and Reapir Team will be joined  by Knowsley Carers Centre, Knowsley Wheelchair Service, IKAN Team, Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy Service, Knowsley User Led Organisation, Homeshare, Bradbury Fields  – to name but a few!

Refreshments are provided and car parking is available at the centre.



FREE Local Help to Get Online

If you or anyone you know needs help with getting online you can take part in FREE learning ‘how to’ sessions with Knowsley FACE.

Whether your searching for jobs, setting up an email account, learning how to use an app, completing application forms, accessing the internet, filling out benefit forms or uploading your CV.

The Council’s Knowsley FACE Team  has friendly and supportive local tutors will help you to:

  • Develop your skills to become more confident in using computers, laptops or tablet devices
  • Access forms you need
  • Protect yourself on the internet
  • Access other training and support you may need including support with English and Maths or progression to accredited courses such as Functional Skills ICT or ECDL

The amount of time you choose to attend sessions depends on what you want/need to learn and don’t worry there are no exams or tests!

FREE Digital skills sessions take place right across Knowsley.

Halewood Library, Mondays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Huyton Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Stockbridge Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Prescot Library, Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Kirkby Library, Friday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Roby Hub (Age UK), Tuesdays 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Mackets Education Centre, Halewood, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm

St John’s Infozone, Huyton, Wednesdays, 9.30am – 12.00pm and Thursday 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

The Gate, Page moss, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm and Thursday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Knowsley FACE provides the digital skills sessions in partnership with Knowsley Library Service and other community based organisations.

For more details on the service or to book a place on the sessions, call 0151 443 2026/2052/2066/2067

*Did you we have FREE WiFi access at our centre? You can also browse the internet for FREE using our accessible PC. Just speak to our receptionist when you visit us next*

An NHS Knowsley CCG and Practices Update on the Cyber Attack

GP practices across NHS Knowsley will be open as usual on Monday 15 May following the Cyber Attack which took place on Friday 12 May 2017 and affected many organisations around the world.

However, many organsiations are still bringing their IT and clinical systems back on-line following the attack.

Some Knowsley GP practices will not yet have full access to patient records, prescriptions, appointment systems and in some cases telephone systems. However, all GP practices will be using well-tested contingency plans to ensure that services can continue to be provided.

The NHS is asking patients to continue to use the NHS wisely and remember that they can seek help and advice from a range of other sources, such as pharmacies or 111.

What you can do to help?

If you already have a GP appointment booked for tomorrow, this will go ahead. Please do not ring your surgery to check as they will be extremely busy and attend for your appointment as normal.

People who have GP appointments should turn up as normal unless they are contacted directly and told not to.
If you need to book an urgent GP appointment on Monday morning, you will be able to do so but please bear with us if you have difficulty in getting through to your practice and keep trying.

Please bear in mind that practices may be running more slowly than usual if they are unable to access some of their systems and the public are asked to be patient with staff.

All phone lines for GP practices are working.  However there is a possibility that practices that use electronic call queuing systems may be affected.  In this instance patients may experience some delays in getting through.  If this happens, keep trying to get through whilst NHS IT technicians work to resolve the problem.

Other NHS services are running effective business continuity plans to ensure safe patient care at all times.

Those attending planned hospital appointments should attend as usual unless they are directly advised otherwise.

Knowsley’s New Accessibility Guide

DisabledGo and Knowsley Council are celebrating the launch of an online Access Guide to Knowsley.

The online Knowsley guide includes detailed access information for over 600 public venues across the area including shops, local parks, Council offices, libraries and leisure centres.

The aim of the Knowsley guide is to give you information so that you can make up your own mind whether a venue is right for you and not to attempt to judge a venue’s accessibility on your behalf.

DisabledGo say “Some of the venues on website are better suited to your individual needs than others, depending on your personal circumstances. After all, it can be just as important to know that somewhere is not adequately accessible as to know that it is. No one likes a wasted journey”.

Click here for our Knowsley Centre for Independent Centre listing which describes your journey to and through the centre, featuring our open/closing times, accessible toilet details, parking facilities, changes to floor levels within the centre, hearing assistance system and much more to help you plan your journey.

The DisabledGo website also covers accessible places and venues to go to across the UK, try a search for yourself at

A New Name for 5 Boroughs Partnership

From 1 April 2017, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will formally change its name to North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The new name has been voted for by our service users, carers, staff, stakeholders and public and has been ratified by our Trust Board and Council of Governors.

The decision follows a three-week consultation on three potential new names. More than 1,000 responses were received, with 61 per cent voting for the chosen name.

Historically, our Trust has provided treatment, support and guidance for a wide range of physical and mental health issues, as well as learning disability services to people living in the five boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.

Over the last six months, the Trust has won contracts to deliver a number of new services to people in areas outside of these five boroughs, including services across Greater Manchester and in Sefton.

As a result of this, we now have services based in parts of three North West counties – Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester – and covering 15 boroughs. This means the name 5 Boroughs Partnership no longer reflects what we do and where we deliver our services.

Bernard Pilkington, Trust Chairman, said: “Our Trust is growing and the Trust Board agrees this is the right time to change our name to reflect the new-look community and mental health provider we have become.

“We also feel strongly that our service users, carers and staff in the new boroughs we are and will be serving deserve to have a sense of belonging to an organisation which includes them within its name – which North West Boroughs Healthcare does.”

The new name will be operational from 1 April 2017. A project group is in place to coordinate the rollout of the new name over coming months. This will include updating building signage, email, social media and website addresses, as well as replacing the logo on patient letters and information leaflets. In a bid to minimise cost, stocks of printed materials will be run down before new materials are produced in the new branding.

Changes to be made following the decision to rename the Trust coincide with the branding changes NHS Identity has introduced nationally, which require all NHS organisations to update their logo for consistency. We will make sure both are completed at the same time, reducing cost and resource.


Feel Really Good Every Wednesday

Each week, disability community group the Knowsley User Led Organisation host FREE and feel good sessions, called Really Useful Wednesdays at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

The Really Useful Wednesday sessions are practical and enable you to feel good and discover your creative side.

Their weekly activities take place from 10am – 12pm in the showroom area at the centre and everyone is welcome to join in.

The group have made  lots of different handcrafted items including, picture frames, bird boxes, cushions, draft excluder’s, coasters, rugs, neck & hand warmers and snoods.

They’ve also tried out and tested a  variety of arts, crafts and practical techniques including, decoupage, pottery, sewing, water colour, knitting, bead work, relief printing and stenciling.

In addition, if you would like to ‘have a go’ and run one or two of the activities the user led group would really welcome that, and provide you with a small budget for materials as well as practical support to help you plan to deliver your workshop.

Some examples of workshops delivered by community members include candle making, creative writing, bird feeders, jewellery making and decorative outdoor garden pots.

Nancie Price, support worker for the group explained “our Really Useful Wednesday’s are accessible and very social too – and if there’s anything you need us to do or put in place before you attend, please let us know and we’ll do our very best so that you can fully enjoy every session and actively take part. There’s not need to book a place just pop in any Wednesday morning and get busy with us!

For more info about the Really Useful Wednesday sessions contact Nancie on 07715 392 158 or

You can also follow the  weekly community led activities on the group’s community Facebook Page:

*Please note activities change on a regular basis & the next time you are visiting the centre look for their displays at the centre, where surplus items made are available to take away in exchange for a small donation to support the weekly community sessions*

Knowsley Community Pharmacies Open over the Christmas Period

Please check with your local pharmacist for their opening hours over the 2016 Christmas and New Year period. However the following pharmacies in Knowsley will be open over the festive bank holiday period:

Sunday, 25 December 2016
  • Neil’s Pharmacy, 32 Molyneux Drive, Prescot, L35 5DY (10am-12pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (12-4pm)
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (2-4pm)
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (10am-2pm)
Monday, 26 December 2016
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (12-2pm)
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (12-2pm)
Sunday, 1 January 2017
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (9.45am-8.30pm)
  • Asda Pharmacy, Huyton Lane, Huyton, L36 7TX (10.30am-4.30pm)
  • Kingsway Pharmacy, 5 Kingsway Parade, Huyton, L36 2QA (10am-4pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (10am-1pm)
  • Boots, Cable Retail Park Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ (10.30am-4.30pm)
Monday, 2 January 2017
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (12-2pm)
Further advice can be found on the Knowsley CCG website

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