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New project brings the ‘good life’ to Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Disability Concern has this week launched ‘A Good Life’ – an ambitious new project provided by Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC), in partnership with Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Service (KPAIS), Sight and Mind and Tailored Advice Services in the Community (TASC).

The project will provide wrap-around, personalised support for adults in Knowsley who are disadvantaged for any reason, be it poverty, disability, age or other circumstances which prevent them from having ‘a good life’.

A Good Life will provide help for people struggling with issues including, but not limited to, welfare benefits and money matters, disability, dementia, anxiety and depression, social isolation, loneliness and general health and wellbeing.

Working together, the partners could clearly see the stresses on the health and social care system and the ongoing increased demand. A Good Life aims to ensure residents get the help they need and are supported to improve their confidence and become more empowered, independent and resilient.

The project will use the Knowsley Better Together approach and work in partnership with individuals, their families, local provider organisations, voluntary groups and statutory services to deliver successful interventions.  In this way, it is hoped that more people will get the support they need within their local community and avoid or reduce the need for services, such as social care, to step in.

A Good Life has been helped by funding from the Big Lottery Community Fund.

Joyce Greaves, Knowsley Disability Concern’s CEO said “This will make a massive difference in the lives of so many people who need help. We are proud to be leading this new partnership, which combines a wealth of specialist knowledge and skills together with years of experience working with the people of Knowsley.”

 For more information and to make a referral contact Adele Jordan on 0151 949 5441 or email Agoodlife@kdc.org.uk. You can also find out more at www.kdc.org.uk/AGoodLife.

 Knowsley Disability Concern is a community based charity operating in Knowsley since 1977 supporting disabled people, adults with learning difficulties and those living with long term conditions to have choice, control and independence through a variety of services, projects and community education and development programmes.