The Archbishop of Liverpool tours Local Solutions
Local Solutions welcomed the Archbishop of Liverpool, Patrick Kelly on Tuesday, 5th September 2006. The visit provided an opportunity to explain more about the many projects that help to improve the lives of thousands of people every day in Merseyside.
During the Archbishop’s visit of the headquarters in Mount Vernon Green, Hall Lane, he presented eight “Carer of the Year" awards to staff who have been nominated by the Homecare service users. They were presented with a bouquet of flowers, gift vouchers and a certificate in recognition of their hard work over the last year. The Homecare Service is a leading provider of personalised care and social support to vulnerable people who suffer with health related or mobility problems. This event is especially timely following the recent positive Commission for Social Care Inspection for our Liverpool Homecare branch.
The Archbishop also spoke to staff in the Disability Training department who work with people with a disability to develop skills and find employment. The team provides assistance with work placements and runs the ‘Ability First’ training programme, which encourages people to identify their strengths and overcome barriers to finding work.
The tour concluded with a visit to Homeground on Scotland Road, which provides accommodation for around 100 young homeless people every year. The building also houses a number of services including the Merseyside Accommodation Project and the vulnerable persons helplines; worst kept secret for those affected by domestic violence, and Bully Busters. The Archbishop took the time to speak with residents of the hostel to gain an understanding of the complex issues surrounding why a person becomes homeless and what support is available.
Stephen Hawkins, Chief Executive of Local Solutions explained, “It was a great honour to once again welcome the Archbishop of Liverpool, and give examples of the positive impact that the projects at Local Solutions can make to the diverse community of Merseyside.“