Coronavirus update and support Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

From 22 September, Knowsley, as well as all other areas in Merseyside and Warrington, is subject to local restrictions due to the significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in the area.

COVID-19 is very much still here in our communities and we need to take action to stop the spread of the virus.

Nobody wants to see restrictions in place, but we have widespread community transmission here in Knowsley and unless people follow the advice and our cases start to come down, we face even tougher restrictions being imposed.

My message is simple – Stop. Think. Do the right thing and follow the advice.
In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester):-

•  Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

•  Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.

•  Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs and cinemas required to close between 10pm and 5am.

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following:-

•  Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work.

•  Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

Further national restrictions have also been introduced too which includes wearing a face covering in taxis and private hire vehicles, retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality to wear face coverings (except if seated at a table to eat or drink) and Covid-secure guidelines are mandatory in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.

People are also advised to work from home where possible and weddings or civil ceremonies are limited to 15 guests and no more than 30 people at funerals.
Fines for breaching these measures have also increased – from £100 to £200.

Our data shows that household transmission is a key factor in the cases we are seeing so hopefully the restriction on visiting other people’s homes will address this and help to slow the rate of infection here in Knowsley.


Posted by on October 1st, 2020


Coronavirus update and support Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

With so much information in the news about coronavirus it can be difficult to keep track of where you’re allowed to go, who you’re allowed to see and what you’re permitted to do.

What remains unchanged is the fact that coronavirus remains a threat to everyone in our communities, particularly the most vulnerable, and we shouldn’t become complacent about the risks.

The simplest ways to avoid the spread of COVID-19 are still the most effective: adhering to social distancing (maintaining a 2m distance between you and others), staying at home wherever possible, regular hand washing with soap and water wearing a face covering in public settings.

Of course we all missed seeing friends and loved ones during lockdown so it is important to remember the guidelines currently in

▪  You can meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households ensuring you maintain social distancing

▪  Single adult households can form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household

▪  You can also meet in a group of two households, providing you maintain social distancing, in any location

▪  Avoid arranging or attending celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

You can find more details at:

We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of the virus as we build a stronger, healthier Knowsley. By continuing to follow simple steps and respect the safety measures in place we can help return to normality quicker.

The pandemic has been a strain on us all. As well as taking steps to help stop the spread of the virus it is important everyone continues to look after their mental health and wellbeing during this time.

Whether it’s a boost to your mental health or getting a better night’s sleep, the website has lots of useful resources to help improve your lifestyle and maintain a healthy mind. 

Or if you want to get active, lose weight and make healthier food choices, start your journey to better health by visiting


Posted by Cllr Sean Donnelly on September 8th, 2020


Coronavirus update - Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

We are now almost three months into ‘the new normal’ due to Coronavirus. I’m sure you will agree, it’s had a huge impact (and restrictions) on our lives - what we do and how we do it. 

Being in lockdown has given many people the opportunity to reflect on their health and wellbeing, as well as proactively taking steps to boost their mental health and wellbeing through the range of support available – online and over the phone. The Kind to your Mind website – – offers a range of advice and activities that can support you with stress, anxiety or lack of sleep.

In addition, many people have used lockdown as an opportunity to get or keep active. From outdoors daily exercise that is permitted whilst adhering to social distancing guidance through to home-based activities such as joining in with ‘PE with Joe’ with the kids for his daily workout! You can keep active at home through chair based activities, doing the garden or dancing in your living room. More ideas to keep moving are available at

I understand these can be worrying times, particularly if you are in the ‘shielded group’ and advised to not leave the house. However, if you do feel unwell, please still contact your GP. They are available via phone or online to do consultations, so you don’t need to leave your house. GPs are reporting a reduction in referrals to specialist services, such a cancer teams, so if you do notice any changes to your body or you have concerns, please get them checked out (as you normally would).

This ‘new normal’ will be here for some time yet so please remember to stay safe and stay at home wherever possible.

Posted by on June 9th, 2020


Coronavirus update - Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

Coronavirus continues to dominate (and change) our lives. As you know, we are still in ‘lockdown’ and this, along with social distancing, will help to stop the spread of the disease.

I would urge everyone to follow the Government’s advice and stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS.  

You should only be leaving the house for essential journeys – for work if you are unable to work from home; to pick up essential shopping and medication and for an hour’s exercise a day which includes a walk, run or cycle. 

This does not include meeting up with friends or playing football or golf. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay at home – if you don’t, you are putting your own lives, and that of your family and wider community in danger.

Throughout this experience, I’ve been overwhelmed (but I’m not surprised) by the offers of support from residents and businesses here in Knowsley. We set up the Knowsley Support and Volunteer Line – Freephone 0800 073 0043 – for people to call if they needed help and support as well as for people to volunteer their time or services to help our response to this pandemic. 

In just four weeks, we’ve had more than 400 people and businesses offering their time or services to help others. This includes picking up and delivering shopping, dog walking for residents who are self-isolating or just having someone to chat to if you don’t have family or friends around to support you. 

My message is, you are not alone and we are here to help you.

These are extremely challenging times, but I know we will get through this by all working together and supporting one another. Juggling home / work life, childcare, financial pressures can present many challenges, but help and support is available if you’re struggling with issues such as anxiety or a lack of sleep. 

Visit in the first instance, but if you need emergency mental health support, call the dedicated helpline (available 24/7) on 01925 275 309.

Remember, stay safe and stay at home.

Posted by on May 6th, 2020


12 Novels Considered the “Greatest Book Ever Written”

As more and more people are self isolating and we have more time on our hands, why not curl up at home with a great book to beat the coronavirus boredom.

Literary critics, historians, avid readers, and even casual readers will all have different opinions on which novel is truly the “greatest book ever written.” Is it a novel with beautiful, captivating figurative language? Or one with gritty realism? A novel that has had an immense social impact? Or one that has more subtly affected the world?

Here is a list of 12 novels from the Encyclopaedia Britannica that, for various reasons, have been considered some of the greatest works of literature ever written.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Posted by on March 19th, 2020


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

If your 2020 resolution is to make some time for yourself, then check out Knowsley Council’s ’10 Ways to Wellbeing’ creative courses. 

The free courses will run over four weeks and as well learning new skills and meeting new people, it an opportunity to make time for yourself. The ’10 Ways’ are simple actions and activities which if done regularly can make a real difference to how you feel and cope with life’s ups and downs. Activities include:-
Storytelling/Creative Writing
Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm at Stockbridge Leisure Centre on 12 and 19 February.
Thursdays 6pm to 8pm at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Halewood on 13 and 20 February.
Drawing for Health: Four Pictures Make Your Story
Saturday mornings 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Kirkby Resource Centre, James Holt Avenue on 8, 15 and 22 February.
Visual Arts
Friday mornings 11am to 1pm at St George’s Church, Primrose Drive, Huyton on 7, 14, 21 and 28 February.
Photography taster course
Saturday mornings 10.30am to 12.30pm at Huyton Library Culture Hub on 7, 14, 21 and 28 March and at Prescot Library, Prescot Shopping Centre on 4 ,11, 18 and 25 April.
Drama techniques
Fridays 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Bryer Road Community Centre, Bryer Road, Prescot L35 5DW on 6,13, 20 and 27 March.

Register your interest by calling the Knowsley Culture Development and Events Service on 0151 443 5353 or emailing

Posted by Councillor Sean Donnelly on January 30th, 2020


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY - Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

I’m delighted to share with you that our Shared Lives and Supported Living service has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating following an inspection earlier this year from the care quality watchdog, The Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Knowsley’s Shared Lives and Supported Living service supports vulnerable people living in their own homes and recruits Shared Lives carers to share their homes with adults with support needs.

The inspection outcome is a fitting tribute to the dedicated and committed staff, as well as the positive impact these services have on our residents.

Inspectors rated the service as ‘Outstanding’ overall based on five categories - caring, effective, responsive, well-led and safe.

Inspectors praised the care and support provided and commented it was ‘truly individualised, flexible and responsive’, and how the provision had enhanced, enriched and changed people’s lives. Residents and families also commented that they felt listened to, valued and respected. Well done to everyone involved!

There’s a number of campaigns coming up next month including ‘Know you numbers’ encouraging residents to know what their blood pressure is and the steps they can take to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. During week commencing 9 September, you can get your blood pressure taken in Volair leisure centres - find out when and where on

We’ll also be starting our flu vaccination programme in September, which is the best way to protect you and your family from flu.  If you’re pregnant, over the age of 65 years, have a long-term health condition or if you’re a carer, then you’re eligible for the free flu vaccine. 

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You can help to prevent the spread of flu by washing your hands often with warm water and soap, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze and bin used tissues as quickly as possible. Find out more by speaking to your GP, pharmacy or midwife or visit

Posted by on August 1st, 2019


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

June is a busy month with Men’s Health Week running from 10-16 June and Clean Air Day on 20 June.

Men’s Health Week is a great opportunity to think about simple steps you can do to improve your health and feel good.

It’s the perfect time to make that appointment you’ve been putting off - have that mole or knee pain looked at or just get a general check up. Use Men’s Health Week to make that call and get an appointment with your GP or call in to your local pharmacy. It’s also an opportunity to get moving – go for a walk, swim or bike ride or join that gym that you’ve been thinking about for a while. Find out more about Men’s Health Week at

Clean Air Day (20 June) provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issue of air pollution, as well as the steps you can take to improve air quality both in your local area as well as your home.

We know that air pollution impacts on our health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer (particularly lung cancer), diabetes and asthma attacks, but there are some simple steps we can all take to help reduce pollution, including:-

•  Leave your car at home and walk, cycle or take the bus
•  Switch off your engine when stationary
•  When upgrading your car, consider a low polluting alternative such as an electric or LPG model (which will also save you money on road tax too)
•  Save your log burner for the cold winter – consider Defra-approved stoves, use authorised fuel and only light your wood burner when you really have too
•  BBQs are often an overlooked source of air pollution. Use dry, seasoned wood or smokeless fuels
•  Open your windows when cooking or using cleaning products
•  Ensure you have your boiler regularly serviced

Further information about Clean Air Day and other ideas to help you minimise pollution can be found on


Posted by on May 31st, 2019

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