Every year it is a great honour to celebrate the commitment of our staff with the Long Service Awards. The annual event celebrated 17 colleagues who have a combined 285 years service.
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, our Sports Horizons service took the young people they support on a residential trip. The trip took 12 young people to Borwick Hall situated alongside the Lancaster Canal & home to a wide range of activities, it was the perfect venue to host the first residential trip in such a long time.
Throughout the pandemic we have been so proud of our amazing carers at Local Solutions. When everyone else had been told to stay at home, they continued to go out every day to look after the elderly and most vulnerable in our communities. Although the level of funding of the care system is being debated at the moment, Local Solutions is responding to the results of staff consultation and the Board of Trustees has endorsed the Chief Executive’s proposal of increasing our care workers’ pay with immediate effect.
We were pleased to welcome the Chief Constable of Merseyside, Serena Kennedy, to visit some of our services at Local Solutions on Monday 6th September.
We were pleased to welcome the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, to visit some of our services on Monday 19th August.
Since August 2019 Chris and Hazel have been working on a way to make sure the importance of the health and wellbeing off carers is being recognized, not only by GP’s but by the people surrounding them also. They wanted to achieve this through spreading the word through doctors’ surgeries and GP practices. 6.5 million people in the UK are carers. In Liverpool this figure is just over 50,000.
We've partnered with LJMU to evaluate the Bullybusters anti-bullying intervention scheme. The aim is to see what is working well, what needs improving and to consider changes moving forward. The evaluation will help to develop our Bullybusters further & provide us with useful insights to help us better support people who experience bullying.
Our Carers were absolutely delighted to celebrate with Ellen on her 100th birthday.
A message from Local Solutions’ Board of Trustees:
"We are delighted to announce that Tom Harrison has accepted our offer to take on the permanent position as Chief Executive of the charity...."
Local Solutions has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Medal Award for Health & Safety performance. The Gold Medal Award is given to organisations that have achieved 5-9 Gold Awards. This is Local Solutions 6th year receiving the Gold Award.
Hazel Brown, Head of Communities at Local Solutions, has been awarded an MBE for services to Carers in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Hi my name is Chrissie and I have been attending the carers centre since 2018. I was caring for my Mum who had dementia and bowel cancer and had pretty much hit rock bottom when I was referred to the Carers Centre. I am not exaggerating when I say it saved my sanity......
During this year’s carers week, the team at Liverpool Carers Centre will be delivering a ‘Hug in a Mug’ tea break box to 1,000 unpaid carers across the city. These boxes will contain a mug, tea, coffee, and other goodies within. The team have now organised and packed the boxes and will deliver “hugs in mugs” to 200 carers each day throughout the week.
Nick who is always smiling and is polite to everybody, is a most valued volunteer at Shopmobility and we would be lost without his help. The team at Shopmobility appreciate everything he does
Thanks to funding from WCVA, our family hostel, Plas Bellin, has been able to develop a much improved IT suite, with the addition of three new computers.
Local Solutions’ interim Chief Executive, Tom Harrison welcomes the appointment of Hazel Snell as the organisation’s new Chair. Hazel joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.
We are delighted to announce that Tom Harrison has recently been appointed as interim Chief Executive of Local Solutions.
The local NHS and Liverpool City Council are appealing to unpaid carers whose role currently isn’t recorded, to make themselves known so that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine.
To support those most in need, The COVID Winter Grant Scheme has been made available to Councils by the DWP to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs during the winter period, particularly considering the COVID-19 outbreak.
Every year we conduct written service user surveys to seek feedback about the service from the people who use it. This enables us to identify areas of good practice and to identify areas for improvement. Our most recent survey was conducted in December 2020 and we had some excellent responses.
Local Solutions Carers’ Centre in partnership with Liverpool City Council have been providing PPE for Unpaid Carers. Our team has helped in identifying who requires this vital equipment through our existing support services or other professionals working with carers and also ensuring access to a regular supply.
Retirement of CEO - Chairman's Statement
Food Active and Local Solutions are excited to launch ‘Look Who’s Cooking’, a virtual cooking course especially for male carers in Liverpool.
Every year our Bullybusters team celebrates anti-bullying week. This usually involves lots of visits to schools and bringing lots of young people together to share the anti-bullying message. This year the team had to work in a very different way to share the important message that although we are apart, we can be united against bullying.