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Supporting residents throughout the pandemic and now to stay in their own homes

by Jonathan Kearney

Throughout the pandemic, Knowsley Council continued to provide essential services and supports to residents. It adapted how it delivered those services as well as creating new ones.

The Council’s Grants and Adaptations Team, working in partnership with the Care and Repair Service, have been pivotal to ensuring residents are supported to remain in their own homes. And not only that, the teams also helped to deliver essential food parcels to vulnerable residents who were shielding, as well as ensuring carers had essential Personal Protective Equipment to continue to carry out their caring roles safely.

In just a 12 month period, over 3,800 essential minor disabled adaptations were carried out to keep people safe in their own homes and a further 450 major adaptations were completed through the Disabled Facilities Grant programme ranging from additional bannister rails, grab rails, key safes, stairlifts, ramped wheelchair access, hoists and major building work extensions for wheelchair users.

The services are available to Knowsley residents of all ages with health and disability related needs and help to ensure that residents can stay in their own homes wherever possible.

Additional information on Disabled Facilities Grants and the Care and Repair Service can be obtained here:-

Benefits and grants for disabled people | Knowsley Council

Vivark Care & Repair | Knowsley Housing Trust (k-h-t.org)

Disabled adaptations delivered through the Disabled Facilities Grant programme are completed by a number of local contractors, including a Knowsley based company that specialises in adaptation works, Strutec NW Ltd. Strutec NW Ltd has has created three trade apprenticeships have been created for local people, along with a Trainee Business Support Assistant post. Further apprenticeship positions will be available later this year and will be advertised through the Knowsley Apprenticeship programme.

Cllr Louise Harbour, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We know that our residents would prefer to stay in their own home, but in order to do so, some additional safety measures need to be in place. I’m delighted that this work has continued throughout the pandemic, supporting our residents through what has been an extremely challenging time. It’s also great to see the employment opportunities that have been created too, providing invaluable work experience and a salary for our young people and giving them a step up on their career ladder.”