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22 November

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Lord Derby welcomed

Lord Derby welcomed

The Right Honourable Earl of Derby was welcomed by leading charity Local Solutions today for a tour of its life-changing services.

The Earl of Derby’s Charitable Trust has a long link with Local Solutions having generously donated funds to its projects in the past. Today was an opportunity for Lord Derby to be given a greater insight to the work of the charity.L-R: Chairman Robert Owen, Rt. Hon. Earl of Derby, Debbie Cooke, Maureen Daly, John Hannaway and Kayte Eaton.

His visit began at Local Solutions’ headquarters by meeting staff from fuel poverty and domestic violence support services. It continued to the Liverpool Carers Centre, where Lord Derby met with unpaid carers who were utilising the Centre’s gym and a craft session. The Centre offers classes, courses, activities, days out and a gymnasium to the city’s unpaid carers.

The tour then moved on to the Liverpool Watersports Centre, Queen’s Dock, which offers activities for the whole community. The Centre also engages young excluded people by giving them the chance to learn new skills, gain confidence and enjoy outdoor pursuits.

Staff from Local Solutions’ Bullybusters and Supported Lodgings services also met the Earl and chatted about their roles and how they support families affected by bullying and homelessness.

Lord Derby was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in 1999 and has become increasingly involved in recent years with some 100 organisations predominantly in the North West. He predominantly runs the Knowsley Estate which is part agricultural and part commercial. It also includes Knowsley Safari Park, with over 500,000 visitors each year; and Knowsley Hall, which is rapidly becoming one of the best known stately homes for its event business.

Local Solutions’ Chairman, Robert Owen commented, “We were delighted that Lord Derby was able to find time in his busy schedule to come and see some of the work we are delivering which is supporting vulnerable people in the community. It is always a boost to our staff, volunteers and service users when notable people take an interest in their work – we thoroughly enjoyed the visit”.

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