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Improving adult social care through Knowsley Better Together

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley Better Together is a way of working that sees the council working with residents, businesses and partners more than ever before.

The concept works by developing informal ‘deals’ which set out what each party will do in order to deliver a shared goal.

As part of Knowsley Better Together, the council is encouraging the development of micro enterprises to meet some of the adult social care priorities in the borough as well as offering residents greater choice when choosing who they want to work with their loved ones.

Bids of up to £500 have been invited to either enhance existing services or help new ones to launch.

Since its introduction in April 2017, the Adult Social Care Micro Enterprise Fund has approved seven applications which are helping to deliver a range of valuable services.  These include:-

  • Sight and Mind Community Interest Company (CIC) who are supporting residents with dementia by providing training, advice and information to carers and family members so that they have the skills and knowledge to act as a champion for their loved one during events such as hospital admission and hospital discharge.  The grant funded a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the project co-ordinator and insurance to ensure legal requirements are met to deliver this service.
  • A grant to the Young Adults Respite Service which is helping to fund essential Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and insurance to help set up a new project offering residential breaks to young disabled adults (aged 18 to 35) who live in Knowsley,
  • The Women’s Room project which has been founded to support local women who have been in abusive relationships offering tailored support to their needs and help them to become more reliant and less isolated.
    An information drop-in event hosted by PLC Activities at Vee’s Place to inform residents of the range of activities available to local people including social and leisure, education and learning, transport and health and wellbeing courses to enhance quality of life.
  • Jewellery craft workshops are being arranged by Age UK Mid Mersey for older people in Knowsley, helping to improve cognitive dysfunction and memory problems, whilst also learning new skills.
  • The Easy Read Service, delivered by the Big Group, ensures that information is available in an easy read format.  Easy read training, aimed at health and social care support agencies, will help agencies to produce easy read materials for people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • Million Stars run courses in their outdoor classroom aiming to encourage individuals to reduce their dependency on technology, prevent social isolation and improve their wellbeing.  The grant will be used to contribute towards upgrading catering equipment (which is currently a small domestic barbeque), helping to increase the number of participants taking part as well as reducing delays (and increasing anxiety) in meal preparation.

Cllr Chris O’Hare, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said “Through this fund, we aim to promote independence and wellbeing in communities.  This fund is all about turning ideas into action; it really is a fund to get things moving.  If you have an idea around supporting people with adult social care needs, I would encourage you to find out more and bid which could help you to turn your idea into a reality.”

Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, added “As you can see, we are helping to achieve more by working together.  That’s what Knowsley Better Together is all about – we have a shared outcome for adult social care in that we want people to remain independent for longer and improve people’s wellbeing but we can’t do that in isolation.  Everyone can play their part and together, we can have a positive impact.”

To find out more, visit the council’s website and search for Knowsley Better Together.