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20 November

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

Local Solutions & Oakmere Community College Officially Merge

Local Solutions & Oakmere Community College Merge

Pictured Top L-R – LS CEO, Steve Hawkins, Julie Mousley-Dean Principal of Oakmere & Director of Learning & Skills Bottom L-R- LS Chairman Nigel S. Lancley FCA and LS Trustee Ian Hatch

We are pleased to announce that the formalities of our merger with Oakmere Community College were completed on 1st July 2015. Oakmere which is also a registered charity and is based in Liverpool. It provides a wide range of vocational and lifelong learning so that young people can achieve their full potential enabling them to become responsible and economically active members of society.

This merger of like minded charities builds on the success of submitting a joint bid to the Fair Chance Fund which now supports the AIMS (Accommodation, Intense Mentoring, Skills) Project.

AIMS is an innovative project which supports homeless young people and has already attracted substantial social investment to raise the aspirations of young people facing challenges often brought about from deeply poor and hostile early years. This real ground breaker project has already provided a stable place to stay for 38 young people at risk of homelessness. The teams are also supplying education and personal capacity training to vulnerable young people.

Steve Hawkins, Local Solutions CEO said “During the merger process we’ve been working closely with colleagues at Oakmere and we have got to know and admire the Oakmere folk for their dedication to vulnerable young people. Through working together we will be able to develop new dynamic courses and educational opportunities that enhance support to young people who are not currently in education, employment or in training. This merger will make us stronger for the future. Stronger to meet our mission – Building Resilience, Raising Aspiration, Improving Lives.”

To formalise the arrangement, two of Oakmeres trustees, Ian Hatch and John Evans join the existing board of trustees at Local Solutions. Oakmere will retain its own branding and will continue as a charity in its own right.

Julie Mousley-Dean, Principal of Oakmere and Director of Learning and Skills said.“ Local Solutions and Oakmere Community College have both independently developed a strong track record of helping vulnerable young people to make the most of their potential. 

This is an exciting opportunity and will enable us together to reach out and support even more people in our communities.”

For more information on Oakmere Community College services visit http://www.oakmere.net/

To find out about our AIMS project visit - aims_accommodation_intense_mentoring_skills_/

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