12th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts
Become a wildlife explorer for the day at Knowsley Safari
The one-day event taking place on 22 May marks the launch of a two year commitment to support EAZA’s (European Association of Zoos and Aquarium) ‘Let It Grow’ campaign. The activity aims to educate and encourage visitors to champion native wildlife and help to conserve backyard species from bugs to birds.
Knowsley Safari’s Research Officer, Bridget Murray, says: “Our team at Knowsley Safari will be working with experts from across the North West, and together with the support of the public, we are hoping to uncover more about the native species that make Knowsley their home than ever before.
“We are calling on visitors to enjoy a full wild day out at Knowsley Safari, and play an important part in helping us identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as they can.”
Knowsley Safari’s Woodland Bioblitz will take place on Sunday 22nd May during park opening hours.
Do you have time to show a child in need that you care?
This Foster Care Fortnight (May 16-29), Knowsley Council’s fostering service are appealing to local people who think they have what it takes to make a difference to a local child’s life.
If you love children and young people, have plenty of time, care and patience to offer, as well as room in your home, fostering could be right for you.
There really is no such thing as a ‘typical carer’, and there are no ‘rules’ about who can and can’t foster. You don’t have to be married, wealthy, or own your own home. Foster carers can be any sexuality, race or religion. Full training and support is provided to foster carers, and you will be paid for the care you provide. As a foster carer for Knowsley you have the option to progress, working towards different ‘Skills Levels’, for which an additional payment, similar to a wage, will be paid.
In fact, being a foster carer is one of the most rewarding jobs you could ever do.
Knowsley’s Fostering Service will be out and about in the borough during Foster Care Fortnight talking to you about what fostering is and whether it could be right for you and your family.
You will find them on the following days:
Monday, 16 May at Huyton One Stop Shop, 12-1.30pm
Tuesday, 17 May at the River Alt Centre, Woolfall Heath Ave, Huyton, 12-1pm
Tuesday, 17 May at Buckingham Bingo, Huyton, from 6-7pm
Wednesday, 18 May in Huyton Village 12-2pm
Thursday, 19 May in Halewood One Stop Shop from 12-1.30pm
Monday, 23 May at Kirkby One Stop Shop, from 12-1.30pm
Wednesday, 25 May at The River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton, from 6-7pm
Friday, 27 May in Kirkby town centre 12-2pm
Anyone who wants to find out more about fostering is also welcome to attend a breakfast event for tea and toast at The Venue, Huyton, on Friday, 20 May and Friday 26 May between 10.30 to 12noon.
What is fostering?
Fostering involves looking after a child or young person in your own home at a time when they’re unable to live with their own families. Unlike adoption, fostering is a temporary situation for many children. Foster carers can choose whether to offer short or longer term care, and will have a say in the age of child/children they care for. At the moment there is a particular need for foster carers who are willing to care for children aged between 11-18, and sibling groups.
Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Our foster carers do a fantastic job and we cannot underestimate how important they are in the lives of the young people they care for.
“With the right amount of care and time, the dedication of a foster carer can turn around the lives of children who have had a difficult start in life, to help them fulfill their potential and lead happy, successful lives. It is a job that we could not do without our wonderful foster carers.
“If you have ever considered fostering then I would urge you to get in contact with us and take the next steps during Foster Care Fortnight.”
A Shakespearean theatre and education centre would transform culture and economy in Prescot, the director of the town’s annual arts festival says.
“Having been bringing arts and music to our town for over a decade now, we are fully behind Shakespeare North’s plans,” said Dr Robert Howard.
“Prescotians are rightly proud of their ancient Lancastrian heritage, and with all the history that has emerged in the last few years about Prescot’s role in theatre, culture and commerce in the region, it is the right time to start promoting it beyond the town’s borders.”
This June’s festival will pay homage to Shakespeare—who counted Prescot’s Earl of Derby among his rich patrons—with its 2016 Short Story Competition. Entrants are being asked to take inspiration from the phrase ‘in a pickle,’ which was first recorded in Shakespeare’s tragicomedy The Tempest.
Other Shakespearean highlights of the 10-day programme include a talk by LJMU historian Elspeth Graham, as well as Shakespeare-inspired show songs and orchestral pieces, courtesy of BOST and the South Liverpool Orchestra, respectively.
Plus, MATE Productions will present their hilarious ‘Pop-up Shakespeare’ at the Prescot Carnival during festival week.
“Four hundred years ago, Prescot was the site of the first free-standing playhouse outside London,” Robert continued, “and therefore symbolised arts and culture, formerly reserved for the rich and powerful, being brought to ordinary people.
“It’s exactly what we have tried to do as a festival, and it’s why we support and are tremendously hopeful for Shakespeare North’s upcoming project.”
The 12th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts runs from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 June. Full programme information is online at www.prescotfestival.co.uk, and tickets are now on sale online or in person from Poco Coffee at 30 Eccleston Street, Prescot.
Pictured:- Members of South Liverpool Orchestra performing as part of the 2015 Prescot Festival (credit: Alan Humphreys
The arrival of spring means visitors to Knowsley Safari will be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny hooves as they drive around the park.
As the mornings lighten and the weather gets warmer, the Safari’s eland and Père David’s deer herds are celebrating new arrivals.
In the first couple of weeks, the Père David’s fawns remain hidden from view, with visits from their mothers for feeding. After this, they start to graze with the herd at three weeks old. The eland calves can often be spotted surrounded by the wildebeest as they become quite fond and protective of the newborns in their early stages!
Once they find their feet visitors will see these playful creatures jumping and bouncing around as they play together - a sight not to be missed!
A proposal to create a new Shakespeare North Playhouse and education centre in Prescot, has last night (21 April, 2016) been given the go ahead by Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee.
It means that Prescot will once again have a Playhouse at its heart – an echo of Elizabethan times when it was the only English town outside of London to have a purpose-built indoor playhouse.
Peter Scott, Chair of the Shakespeare North Charitable Trust, said: “We are thrilled that the plans have been approved. This is a really important milestone for us and brings our dream of creating a fantastic theatre and education centre here in Knowsley a step closer to becoming a reality.”
“Our vision all along has been to create somewhere in the North of England where Shakespeare’s work can be studied and enjoyed for generations to come– creating something of a triangle between The Globe and Stratford, both of which are synonymous with his work. With Knowsley’s existing links to Shakespeare it is fitting that the ‘triangle’ be completed with a development here.”
Join in the fun at Knowsley Libraries this week and take your Shakespeare Selfie ahead of the Bard’s anniversary celebrations.
This weekend marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death and events will be taking place around the globe to commemorate the work of the greatest ever English language playwright.
You can get into the spirit in any Knowsley library by taking and sharing your Shakespeare Selfie. Simply print or write out your favourite Shakespeare quote (the libraries have lots of choices to get you started) – take a selfie of you holding it and share it with friends on social media using the hashtag #Shakespeare16.
Make it even more fun by choosing from a selection of Shakespeare props available at the libraries – and on Knowsley’s mobile library – to help make your selfie stand out!
Keep an eye on the Knowsley Library Service Facebook Page, where the best selfies of the week will be posted on Saturday to mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.
Pictured top :- Shakespeare Selfies – Dave Birchall, Louise Murphy and Jan Moore from Knowsley library service take their Shakespeare selfie.
and Shakepeare Selfies - Carol Cherpeau and Gerry Williams from Knowsley Library service do their Shakespeare Selfie
The Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts, now in its 12th year, continues its long tradition of showcasing talented writers, singers, artists and musicians of all ages from the local community.
Evelyn Community Primary School once again hosts the Young Instrumentalist of Prescot competition (Wednesday 22 June), inviting primary and secondary students to compete for the Reverend David Rose Trophy, named for the much-loved Prescot clergyman and businessman, who passed away in 2013.
Children from across the region will recite their own verse and that of others at St Mary & St Paul’s Primary’s Schools’ Poetry Showcase (Monday 20 June).
And for those youngsters who are more at home with a brush or pencil in hand, a festival-long exhibition at Prescot Parish Church will display a stunning range of artwork from local schools.
There’s still time for people to get involved. Do sing you a soprano, alto, tenor or bass? The Prescot Festival Chorus invites choral singers to join it for a performance of Mozart’s renowned Requiem, conducted by James Luxton of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Saturday 18 June). This annual ‘Come & Sing’ event has attracted over 100 singers in past years.
SATURDAY 9TH April 2016 - EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE NORTH
Ossett Town completed a comfortable victory over Prescot Cables at Hope Street in a game which they dominated from start to finish. Cables were without their leading goal scorer and talisman Rob Doran who was missing through injury and they failed to penetrate the Ossett defence until the closing minutes of the game.
Ossett kicked off playing towards the Hope Street End, and they launched a long ball forward straight from the kick off which was headed back by Shane Glean safely into the hands of Marcus Burgess. Ossett had the ball in the net on 2 minutes, when after Burgess had parried Mackie’s shot, Alex Petersen was on hand to prod home the rebound but he was adjudged to have been off side.
Marcus Burgess took the free kick which was over hit and carried straight through to his opposite number in the Ossett goal Chris Backhouse. Ossett were soon back on the attack winning a corner when Mackie was tackled by Joe Herbert. Steve Ridley took the corner which was headed over by Isaac Assenso.
Both teams struggled to pass the ball accurately in the opening stages of the game as the pitch was heavy under foot due to recent rainfall and was heavily sanded in several places. Sanchez Payne tried a speculative long range effort from 30 yards for Ossett which was comfortably taken by Marcus Burgess on 10 minutes.
Jonah O’Reilly played a fine ball down the left side to put James Edgar clear but he was adjudged offside. Cables worked a nice move down the left side with Duke playing the ball to Edgar who passed to Bram Johnstone on the left whose low cross flashed just past the far post.
Ossett were becoming frustrated by several off side decisions being given against them, and Anthony Mackie was spoken to by the referee for verbal abuse. On 25 minutes Ossett took the lead when Danny Frost’s shot rebounded off the inside of the far post into the path of Anthony Mackie who slotted home from close range. Ossett looked to increase their lead and piled the pressure on the Cables defence. They won two corners in quick succession, but the Cables defence stood firm clearing on both occasions.
Keen gardeners and novices alike are already beginning to look ahead to this year’s Knowsley Flower Show – the biggest free horticultural show of its kind in the North West.
Taking place on Sunday 7 August from 11am – 5pm at Court Hey Park and the National Wildflower Centre, Huyton, there are over 100 classes to enter your best fruit, vegetables and plants in, whether you are an established entrant or a complete newcomer.
Now is the time to get out in the garden and make preparations for your potentially winning produce – so take a look at the categories for this year, which include nine especially for novices and nine for children, and take your pick.
2016 is the Year of the English Garden, which has inspired the theme of this year’s show. It will also celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, a landscape gardener who revolutionised the design of English gardens. Show organisers are delighted that 2016’s sponsor is Green Thumb Lawn Treatments.
Expect plenty of quintessentially English entries in this year’s stunning floral marquee, full of colour and rich scents evoking the smell of the very best English gardens, past and present.
And you needn’t worry if growing isn’t your thing, as there’ll be something for everyone at this year’s free family event, as always.
With a packed programme of entertainment throughout the day you can choose from falconry displays, guided walks, a woodworker, craft demonstrations, dog obedience, arts workshops and circus skills. A large craft marquee will feature in the show along with many trade stands ranging from garden centres to conservatories. Foodies will love the large farmers market selling lots of locally produced tempting treats.
And if you are inspired to get green fingered in your garden you’ll also be spoilt for choice with plants, bulbs and seeds at fantastic prices to give your very own English Garden a kick-start. If you are in need of gardening advice and guidance why not pop along to the show’s very own Gardener’s Question Time and get some help from the experts.
This year’s show is the 18th annual event and is expected to draw in a crowd of more than 20,000 visitors from near and far. Details of a free park and ride service will be available nearer the date.
So get Sunday 7 August in your diary and look forward to another fantastic family day out!
Local children get the chance to turn their classrooms wild
New for 2016, the safari scholarships will offer schools the opportunity to bring a taste of wildlife into the classroom and include curriculum based learning, interactive demonstrations, all teamed with live animals and bio-artefacts.
Nikki Mallott, Learning and Discovery Manager, says: “This is a great opportunity for schools to bring the curriculum to life for their students, helping them learn in an interactive and fun way. The live animals and artefacts really help to excite both the children and the teachers!”
To enter, school staff need to write to 200 words about why their school should receive the prize to email@example.com. For more information visit: http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/outreach-scholarship
The number of people being killed or seriously injured on Knowsley’s roads is down 16% since 2010.
Figures from Merseyside Police, compiled for the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, show this significant reduction in road casualty figures for Knowsley between 2010 and 2015.
The success is thought to be in part down to a programme of education and training developed by Knowsley Council to help keep our children and young people, their teachers, parents and guardians safe on the roads.
As part of the education programme, Knowsley teenagers recently enjoyed performances of Tiny Giants, a thought-provoking play, which tackled the important issue of pedestrian safety amongst teenagers.
Produced by local theatre company, Time, the play was performed to year 9 pupils at all Knowsley’s secondary schools and set out clearly the potential consequences that distractions such as mobile phones or wearing headphones can have whilst being out and about.
Val Burke, Pastoral Assistant for Year 8 and 9 at Knowsley Park, said: “The performance was really good and put across the road safety awareness in a brilliant way. The pupils enjoyed it and were quite emotional at the end, so hopefully this brought home the importance of road safety.”
In addition, the council’s parking enforcement programme has helped to improve road safety outside schools, improve the flow of traffic in town centres and support resident parking schemes. It hopes to prevent the inconsiderate and dangerous parking to increase the overall safety for pedestrians and other drivers.
During 2015 the council invested £430,000 into local road safety schemes and remains committed to reducing injuries on our roads. Recently, a new pedestrian crossing opened on Cronton Road, Huyton. It provides local residents with a safe and easy way to cross this busy main road.
Lisa Harris, Knowsley’s Assistant Executive Director for Regeneration and Housing said: “We take road safety very seriously in Knowsley. We are very pleased that the investment we have made into education, enforcement and engineering has had such a positive impact on the reduction of the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.
“However, one person killed or injured is one too many and we will continue to improve Knowsley’s roads network and road safety in the borough.”
Pictured: Children in Knowsley taking part in road safety training.
Kick off the bank holiday weekend with a trip to Knowsley Safari with 20% off all online bookings from Friday 25th March to Sunday 17th April 2016.
This Easter, families can come face-to-face with over 700 animals including rhino, zebra, lions, tigers and cheeky baboons – don’t worry, there’s a car friendly route!
With a safari space covering 550 acres, there is no shortage of animals to see. For a full day out stop by the daily Sea Lion Display, witness a majestic Birds of Prey Display, get up-close to our gentle giraffes and herd of elephants at the Giraffe Platform and Elephant Platform and dare to enter the lair of Egyptian Fruit Bats, as they swoop and dive in the nocturnal bat forest.
Enjoy the return of spring and get back to basics with nature in the Wild Trail, with a great deal to learn about the woodland environment and the species that inhabit it. Visitors can also expect to see Knowsley’s European moose, Froja and Bruce, feeding at the edge of the woods.
For more information visit: http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/easter
Knowsley Council’s contractor SSE (SSEC), has successfully completed the four year, multi-million pound, award-winning street lighting and traffic sign improvement programme.
The project started late 2011 and was a major investment for Knowsley. During the last four years, every street in the borough has been systematically reviewed and redesigned and lighting has been replaced with the latest energy efficient technology, helping the council to reduce its carbon emissions and fuel bills. Columns that did not need replacing received an upgrade to provide consistent lighting standards for all of our residents and businesses.
The street lighting and traffic sign replacement programme was a major investment for Knowsley, equipping the borough with street lighting and traffic signs fit for the 21st Century. Importantly in these tough financial times the programme has made the best use of limited public resources by reducing ongoing energy and maintenance costs which benefits residents and tax payers alike.
While work was underway the programme was awarded a Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and Department for Transport Award, recognising exemplar schemes which have reduced sign clutter on roads in England.
Studies have found excessive road signs have a detrimental impact on the environment and dilute important messages. Through the programme Knowsley has reduced by almost a third the number of traffic signs, whilst ensuring essential warnings and directions for road users are retained. In addition, removing unnecessary traffic signs has resulted in almost £650,000 being reinvested in new lighting and signage equipment.
The borough’s streets are now lit using ‘white’ light equipment that improves community safety by allowing better visibility and ensures the colour of vehicles and clothing can be seen during hours of darkness. Also, new remote monitoring technology allows us to detect and respond to faults more quickly.
The project has delivered significant energy savings with a reduction in energy consumption of over three million kilowatt hours of electricity, which has produced a permanent reduction in street lighting energy costs of 10%.
Replaced or upgraded as part of the programme
Removed or de-illuminated in accordance with latest Department of Transport guidelines:
Kept the streets lit and safe
Kind to the environment
SSEC will continue to manage and maintain the street lighting and traffic signs for the next 21 years.
A dedicated team committed to supporting and safeguarding adults at risk of neglect or abuse will join forces with other safeguarding professionals in Knowsley
A Safeguarding Adults Team has been established within the borough’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), based at Huyton Police Station.
The team will be a single point of contact providing safeguarding support to adults with care and support needs and those at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. It is estimated there are more than 7,000 vulnerable adults in Knowsley.
The team will work closely with agencies such as the police, health and housing providers, ensuring vulnerable people are at the centre of all activity concerning their safety, health and well-being.
Victims of abuse, or those wanting to report the abuse of a vulnerable adult, can contact the team on 0151 443 2600.
The creation of the new team in the MASH followed a review of local safeguarding arrangements including consultations with people who use services, carers, families, providers of services and staff.
Julie Moss, Director of Adult Service at Knowsley Council: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business - we all have a responsibility to ensure that adults with care and support needs are safe and can live without fear of harassment or harm.
“Vulnerable people at risk of abuse may include the elderly and those with a physical or learning disability. They may be at risk from a relative, friend, neighbour, carer – or even a stranger. Abuse can happen anywhere - in a person’s home, a residential or nursing home or in a day centre or hospital.
“It’s simple and easy to report concerns about the welfare of any adult with care or support needs. All safeguarding concerns will be dealt with swiftly and in a responsive way – keeping the adult at the centre of the process.”
SATURDAY 19TH March 2016 EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE NORTH
Prescot Cables were defeated by league leaders Warrington Town at Hope Street in a game in which the Wires were comfortable winners.
Cables welcomed back captain Jamie McCulloch after a long absence through injury, but even his presence could not prevent the Wires from coasting to yet another victory to put them 16 points clear at the top of the table.
Cables kicked off playing towards the Knowsley End and Jamie McCulloch wasted an opportunity to put Cables in front after only three minutes when he headed wide from Phil Bannister’s corner. Cables had started brightly, and a good move between Nicholson, Dean and Doran ended with Doran shooting wide from outside the penalty area.
Warrington struggled to get hold of the ball on a heavy pitch with the Cables midfield dominating possession in the early stages. Jamie McCulloch came to Cables rescue when he intercepted a long ball for Warrington’s speedy winger Scott Metcalfe putting the ball out for a throw in. Metcalfe was soon on the attack again, his cross from the left being headed out by Jonah O’Reilly for a corner which the Cables defence cleared comfortably.
Cables won a corner taken by Bannister after a cross from Lloyd Dean was blocked, but the Warrington defence cleared the corner. Bannister then produced a fine cross from the right which just evaded the head of Rob Doran and sailed out of play. Warrington were resorting to the long ball game and a long ball from Danny Ventre was headed clear by Anthony Shinks. Another long ball put Ged Kinsella clear drew Marcus Burgess and passed inside to Steve Gillespie who fired towards goal only for Flood to clear off the goal line. Flood came to Cables rescue again with a good tackle on Joe Holt to concede a corner. The corner taken by Ventre sailed over the top of the Cables cross bar.
Knowsley and Sefton Councils have agreed to “share” a Director of Public Health in a move which is likely to see both local authorities collaborating on key health and wellbeing initiatives.
The new arrangement will commence from immediate effect, and will see Matthew Ashton, the current Director of Public Health and Assistant Executive Director (Health and Wellbeing) in Knowsley take on a joint position spanning both areas. Matthew will split his time across both areas, providing visible leadership across the patch and encouraging a more ‘joined up’ approach to tackling health issues.
The role will be funded equally between both councils and will therefore also result in savings for both authorities.
Both councils have confirmed their commitment to making this new arrangement work for the benefit of residents in both Knowsley and Sefton and said they would not rule out further collaboration in the future.
Councillor Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, commented:
There is a drop in event on Monday 14 March 2-6pm at Poco Coffee in Kirkby.
Organised as part of National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March) you will have the opportunity to meet the Apprentice team, find out more about current vacancies and sign up to be notified about future opportunities. You can sit with an Advisor over a free coffee and discuss how you can get a fantastic job with apprenticeship training.
Since 2008, 947 young people have secured a position as a Knowsley Apprentice and many have been offered permanent positions at the end of their placements.
Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “The Knowsley Apprentice is a fantastic programme which has given hundreds of young people the opportunity to secure a job, while working towards qualifications and earning a good wage.
“If you’re interested in finding out more about apprenticeships you should definitely come along to this drop in event and take the opportunity to talk to the team and get some practical advice and guidance for the application process.”
Richard Sutton of Poco Coffee said: "I’m a huge supporter of the apprentice programme. We have achieved some very notable success in identifying and employing apprentices and four individuals have gained a full time position at the end of their apprenticeships. Holly and Emma are a great example of this and they are now key members of our team.
“My advice to other employers would be to put time aside to interview prospective apprentices and don’t just rely on education or work experience. If you are prepared to invest in training and educating these young people it will pay massive dividends in the long run."
The drop in event is happening on Monday 14 March, 2-6pm at Poco Coffee in the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby.
At the event you will also be able to collect a free bus pass to get you to the Liverpool City Region apprentice events that are happening in Liverpool One on Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 March.
Children’s Centre Volunteers who gave more than 17,000 hours to help run services for local families last year were given a resounding message of thank you at a celebration event.
Volunteers from centres across Knowsley gathered at New Hutte in Halewood to share good practice and find out about the difference their volunteering hours had made to local families.
The event also coincided with a visit from Cllr Michael Pavey, deputy leader of Brent Council, who came to Knowsley to see how the borough has continued to support and develop its Children’s Centres in the face of budget cuts.
Speaking at the event, Cllr See told the volunteers: “I know the value of what you bring to our Children’s Centres, and that most of what the teams deliver across the borough would not happen without you. You’ve made our Children’s Centres what they are and I’m here to tell you how much you are valued.
He went on: “I strongly believe that Children’s Centres should be the first stop for every child – even before they are born the centres have plenty to offer an expectant mum. Once the baby arrives they are a place where mum, dad, carer and child will all find something to help support them - even if it’s just knowing that there is a network of people out there that they can turn to.”
He told the volunteers: “You make a massive contribution to the wellbeing and the quality of lives of many families in the borough – probably more so than you realise.”
In each of the past three years there have been an average of 118 volunteers working across Knowsley’s Children’s Centres giving around 17,300 hours to the Children’s Centres annually.
The integration of volunteers into the day to day running of the centres has been recognised nationally, both by Ofsted in their inspections of the centres and more recently when Huyton Children’s Centres were the first in the North of England to gain Investing in Volunteers status.
You can also listen to the stories of two children’s centre volunteers who say volunteering has transformed their lives for the better.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering in Knowsley’s Children’s Centres contact your local co-ordinator:
Huyton – Jess Aitchison 0151 443 5226
Halewood, Whiston, Prescot - Wendy Martindale 0151 443 4531
Kirkby – Ann Bennett 0151 443 4321
Pictured: Cllr Michael Pavey, of Brent Council, with Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, with Children’s Centres volunteers at the celebration event at New Hutte.
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A service which helps families cope day-to-day with dementia has seen such a success in Knowsley that it is now expanding into Halton.
The Admiral Nurse Service, which is provided by specialist dementia nurses, will be based in the community and the nurses will work with local families to ensure they are better able to understand and cope with the changes which can occur with dementia. They will work with the family to make informed decisions about their future needs, to enable the family to stay together for as long as possible.
Admiral nurses play a unique role in care management by joining up the different parts of the health and social care system, and help address the needs of family carers and people with dementia in a coordinated way.
The Admiral Nurse Service is delivered by 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and works in partnership with Dementia UK which governs and monitors the service. The service has been running in Knowsley since 2011.