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18 October

Our Mission is to build resilience, raise aspiration, improve lives

Freedom of the City of Liverpool

Freedom of the City of Liverpool for Local Solutions


On Thursday 13 March 2014, Local Solutions was admitted to the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions of the City of Liverpool in recognition of services to improving the quality of life in Liverpool and across the North West. 

Over 200 guests, including Civic Dignitaries, Staff, volunteers, service users, partners and friends joined together for the ceremony, which took place at the prestigious Town Hall. 

Guest speakers included Broadcaster, Roger Phillips, Kayte Walsh from Bullybusters and Chloe Moran, Young Lord Mayor of Liverpool.  Guests were also privileged to hear the beautiful voice of Danielle Thomas, Mezzo Soprano from Liverpool. It was a fantastic and memorable occasion for us all. 

This award was even more fitting as in this year we celebrated our 40th

Special tribute was paid to Founder of the organisation, David Shone, who sadly passed away in 2009.  David had a passion for entrepreneurship and citizenship and a belief that all individuals, particularly young people, needed to be given the chance and encouraged to make a positive contribution to society.  The occasion was made extra special with the attendance of David’s family, Wife, Sally, Daughter Alex, Son James and Brother, Anthony. 

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, said: “I am delighted to be granting Local Solutions the Freedom of the City in their 40th year.  “This is a great way for the city to recognise the difference Local Solutions has made to many people across, not only Liverpool, but the whole of the North West.  The dedication of staff and volunteers makes their services invaluable within our communities and the role they play in improving lives among the most vulnerable in our city is vital. “I hope they continue their excellent work for another forty years and beyond.”

Steve Hawkins, Local Solutions Chief Executive said: “It is with great pride that we have been granted this prestigious award in recognition of the delivery of vital services to people in Liverpool since 1974". 

“This is a fitting tribute to the hard efforts of our dedicated staff and volunteers who strive to provide the best service to people in our communities.”

Since our establishment in 1974, our charity has seen the launch of the first supported lodgings scheme for young homeless 16 and 17 year olds, the setting up of Liverpool’s first carers centre and has worked successfully with the private sector to boost access to Liverpool City Centre for people with disabilities through its transport and mobility services.

Chairman, Robert Owen commented “This honour is a wonderful acknowledgement and will further encourage Local Solutions in its mission to Build Resilience, Raise Aspiration and Improve Lives”.


Photographs courtesy Liverpool City Council

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