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  • 07/17/17--06:48: Sales Coordinator Post
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  • 09/13/17--07:38: Events
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  • 09/20/17--06:30: Safeguarding Training

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  • 10/05/17--05:36: Community Navigators

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    The Knowsley Engagement Forum would like to invite community members to an engagement session focussing on the relationship between housing and health. Housing can have a major impact on health with the right home being essential to health and wellbeing in a variety of ways. Public Health England has identified 4 areas to understand the […]

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  • 10/13/17--06:40: Article 0

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    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 […]

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    Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC) launched The BIG Pathway project in December 2016.  The BIG Pathway is a programme of learning and development activities for adults with learning disabilities delivered in short sessions in seven community settings across Knowsley.



    The project aimed to support 30 participants but in actual fact, 47 people completed the programme successfully.  These people are some of the most vulnerable in our community, typically with zero or low achievement levels in basic education, who generally have a negative self-image and no aspirations for the future.  Learning plans are tailored to the intellectual abilities of individuals and groups progress at a pace that suits them.  The average age of the participants was 36.


    All participants have already reported that their self-confidence and self-esteem has been boosted.  Many have been able to talk more openly about what they want for their future and how their care and support should be arranged.


    One gentleman said he has stopped apologising all the time to his care staff and another is being helped to move out of supported accommodation to live independently in his own flat.

    Many have completed up to Stage 4 Maths and English.  The programme enables people to identify their skills and what they could offer to the community and 18 participants have moved into new volunteering roles.


    Six are working together towards securing paid jobs with ongoing support from the project facilitator to write CVs, find suitable vacancies, register and apply for jobs and learn interview techniques.


    Certificates will be awarded and each group is celebrating by having a ‘graduation’ party in October.


    The programme has helped people to make new friends and get information about other community groups that they can join as well as be better at funding the services they need.  As a result of The BIG Pathway, we are excited to report that a small group of people with learning disabilities are now looking to set up a small social enterprise aimed at providing training workshops for health and social care staff in producing accessible ‘Easy Read’ information.


    We have 41 people  on a waiting list for the next programme, funding for which KDC hopes to secure through grant aid, community fundraising and via other paid-for services.


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      Tomorrow sees the 11th Annual First Ark Impact Awards and we are delighted that KDC’s Big Pathway project has been shortlisted for the Community Project of the Year. We are up against some fantastic charities from across Merseyside who all make a tremendous difference to people’s lives and it’s great to have the chance […]

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      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 […]

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    The Care Quality Commission has published its first stage of its Government commissioned review of mental health services for children and young people in England. This report looks at the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people, and summarises the current state of public knowledge of this area. CQC has […]

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  • 11/20/17--00:24: Managed Payroll Service
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  • 11/22/17--08:18: Support Planning
  • Introduction

    Personalised care and support planning encourages care professionals and people with long-term conditions and their carers to work together to clarify and understand what is important to that individual. They agree goals, identify support needs, develop and implement action plans, and monitor progress. This is a planned and continuous process, not a one-off event.
    Coalition for Collaborative Care, 2014

    Care for people with long-term conditions (LTCs) forms a significant part of the health and social care system. There are over 15 million people living with a long-term condition in England. This includes both physical and mental health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, COPD, depression, dementia, diabetes and many more. These are conditions which cannot at present be cured but can be managed or improved through person-centred approaches that deliver the right care for that individual no matter what their condition(s) to ensure that they are involved in managing their condition(s), receive the care they need to live and die well, and that both they and their carers feel supported to maintain a good quality of life. Support might relate to learning new skills, changes in behaviour, access to community support, as well as medication and traditional treatment or therapies.

    Personalised care and support planning is a process in which the person with a long-term condition is an active and equal partner.

    NHS England

    What does good care and support look like?

    How can KDC help you to plan your support?

    This is what our customers say about KDC's Support Planning service

    KDC has been a constant source of support since my son’s discharge. There is no way I would have been able to take control of his health budget, and organise payments. I have way too much going on!

    Thank you for all your help for our continuing health care application. If you said you would phone then you did and you have kept us informed all along the way

    Thank you for believing as we do that the choices our dad made about his care are important, and for trying to help us fulfil those choices. We know you could not have done more to help.

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    Here is the latest edition of the newsletter for users of direct payments and payroll services  

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  • 01/18/18--08:40: Cookie Policy
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  • 02/26/18--03:18: Our Trustees
  • Knowsley Disability Concern is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising people with a variety of knowledge, skills and experience, many of whom have first-hand experience of life with a disability.


    Margaret Thorne

    Margaret has worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector in Knowsley for 40 years and has vast experience of Charitable Committees; she has recently retired from a Senior Management post with the Citizens Advice Bureau Service.  Margaret was appointed as a Magistrate in 1983, currently with Liverpool and Knowsley Bench.  During her employment she has taken a lead in HR matters.

    Dr Stephen Harding (Vice Chair)

    Steve has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and has been employed in a variety of roles including, advising on funding, workforce development, and delivering training around procurement and tendering requirements for third sector management teams and trustees.  Since 2005, Steve has been employed as a senior manager, heading up and developing regional operations for a national charity working with lone parent families across England and Wales. Appointed to the Board in 2008, Steve is also a member of the Charity’s Personnel Committee

    Matthew Clarke

     With a background in teaching and social work Matthew has held several senior management posts in both Health and Social Service Departments.  In 1992 he founded Alternative Futures, a large Knowsley based charity which provides services for people with learning disabilities and enduring mental health needs. Matthew served as the Chief Executive of Alternative Futures for sixteen years before retiring in 2007.  Latterly he has assisted several charities and remains convinced of the importance of the contribution made by the ‘not for profit’ sector in the delivery of services

    Richard Murphy

    Richard became a Trustee in 2003. Richard has a learning disability and represents the views and opinions of his community in his work as a Trustee, as well as in his membership of his local housing forum.  He works as a volunteer in his local supermarket and any spare time is taken up with a variety of sporting activities including swimming and golf.

    Andy Dunbar

    Andy Dunbar is a global IT professional delivering SoftwareOne Federation Solutions in 5 countries (UK, Ireland, Spain, South Africa and Iceland). He is based in Gateacre, has a young family and is keen to lend his knowledge and experience to a small, local social enterprise like KDC, rather than a large global/national charity.

    Alma Lunt

    Alma has been involved in many user-led organisations and sat on a number of Liverpool City Council groups such as the Independent Living Centre which supplies equipment and wheelchairs for disabled people, and the ‘Making it Happen’ group for physical and sensory impairments and older people, also the Corporate Access Forum.  She has been a part of the disabled access group for Merseyside Museums, St Georges Hall and the Echo Arena to name but a few. Alma says “I look forward to putting my work and lived experience to good use in support of KDC as a member of the Board of Trustees”

    Siobhan Doran

    Siobhan Doran recently joined the University of Liverpool, having work for 9 years in the private sector as a Management Consultant.  Siobhan was a member of the Merseyside Princes Trust committee for 6 years doing fundraising events each year and supporting events through networking.

    Jan Tattersall

    Jan started her career as a physical education teacher in the London Borough of Brent in the 70s having reached an accomplished level in swimming at performance standard. Jan continues to lecture at national level for the Institute of Swimming at Sports Park Loughborough and has played an active role in the development of the aquatic fitness programme for Great Britain. Jan completed a degree which led to her delivering the Working Well role for Knowsley Council. Currently employed as a training officer for Volair, Jan delivers national and international training to the statutory and commercial sector.  Jan’s motto is ‘Give me a problem and I will give you a solution’

    Amanda Felstead

    Amanda has over fifteen years’ experience in Marketing across the private and public sectors.  Involved in marketing strategy development as well as operational delivery, Amanda has championed the added value for marketing representation at senior levels within organisations. She is ambitious and committed and has managed marketing teams to deliver insight led and customer focussed campaigns that have led to the successful achievement of growth targets.  Outside of work, Amanda plays an active interest in the Bridal department of her local Oxfam and applies her marketing skills to maximise sales of their wedding dresses. Amanda brings a high degree of commercial expertise to enable KDC to develop reach and scope of services and  increase its positive impact for disabled people

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  • 03/05/18--02:31: Disability News Service

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  • 03/09/18--02:00: Privacy Policy
  •   KDC complies with and is registered under the Data Protection laws of the United Kingdom (registered as Knowsley Disability Concern, registration number Z5132378) We could provide a long description here, as some websites do, of what we do and don’t do with your information, but there would always be something missed. So, to keep […]

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