Local Solutions has secured £490,000 from Comic Relief to run a three year mentoring program for young people aged 16-21 who do not have a secure place to live. The project will be called ‘Sports Horizon’ and will support young people to gain life skills to progress to training & employment and to sustain settled accommodation, using sports as a way to develop skills.
Liverpool Watersports Centre hosted an event for local housing associations to raise awareness of the opportunities on offer at the centre. The event was held in partnership with Fusion 21 and Canal and River Trust who took part in a presentation about the centre and discussion. The presentation was followed by lunch and the opportunity to try out the wheelchair accessible ‘Wheelyboat.’
In a multi-agency effort, organisations from across Liverpool came together at Local Solutions' Kensington Office to pack survival kits for those in need.
Tuesday marked the second day of National Anti-Bullying week, which meant a busy schedule for the Bullybusters team! Individually, the team were completing school rally’s, visiting three schools in a day to deliver whole school assemblies to spread the anti-bullying message.
Congratulations to the Homecare team and Nuala Gallagher and Eddie Philipson - 2 carers supported by Liverpool Carers Centre - who were recognised at this year’s Older people’s awards service. The awards are held annually to celebrate the achievements of over 65’s, and organisations providing for older people across the city region.
The Carers Centre arranged a coach trip to the Manchester Christmas markets for 45 carers. The day was an absolute success and all carers had a wonderful time as you can see from the pictures.
This week, 12th to 16th November, is national anti-bullying week focusing on the theme of Respect. During the week, the Bullybusters team will be completing workshops and assemblies around schools in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley. Conferences will also be held for secondary school children to attend and get involved in the education and awareness regarding anti-bullying.
Plas Bellin, our family support service in North Wales recently organised a fun day for all of the residents. Amongst the activities on the day were pony rides, and a snake and reptile show.
Today we got the chance to honour the hard work, commitment, and dedication of our staff.
More young people have moved from our Supported Lodgings service to university
Congratulations to the Autumn Carers of the Quarter. Winners attended a celebration where they were given a certificate, a gift and had the opportunity to discuss their roles as carers
A rather large visitor was spotted at the centre over the weekend
We are currently seeking to recruit committed, talented and energetic people to serve on our Board of Trustees.
Nominations are now open for Local Solution's annual awards. We are looking for nominations for the David Shone Memorial Award, Employee of the Year, Team of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Unsung Hero. Nominations can be made by anyone, whether you are staff member, volunteer, service user, stakeholders. Winners will be announced on the 21st December at the Employee of the Year event.
Our Mytime project was featured on ITV news Granada Reports recently. Mytime works with local businesses to provide much needed breaks to unpaid carers.
Fantastic News – Local Solutions’ Mytime initiative has been named as one of 50 ‘New Radicals’ by Nesta and the Observer. Every two years, Nesta and the Observer pull together a list of 50 radical thinking organisations and individuals developing creative ways of tackling society’s biggest challenges. The list which was compiled from hundreds of entries was published in yesterday’s Observer.
Congratulations to Hannah McCowen for completing an impressive 5K swim and raising £635 for homeless young people. Hannah works as Fundraising and Communications Manager for Local Solutions and also leads our Resettlement Passport Initiative. The money raised will go towards emergency items such as shoes, pyjamas and coats for homeless young people arriving in our Supported Lodgings projects.
On 13th July, Steve Hawkins (in his capacity as LJMU Honorary Fellow) attended the graduation ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral, where he was delighted to present Neena Gill, CBE, MEP, with the award of an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to public service. Former student, Neena, was the first British-Asian female to be elected in the U.K. and in the European Union in 1999.
Over 300 school children are heading to the Liverpool Watersports Centre this week to learn how to swim safely in open water. Swimming in open water can be more dangerous than swimming in a pool and Swim Safe training equips children aged 7-14 with the knowledge and skills they need to avoid having to be rescued from a dangerous situation.
10-17th September is ‘Remember a Charity Week.’ Here at Local Solutions, we’re part of Legacy Liverpool – an awareness campaign group made up of 20 charities, encouraging people to perhaps consider leaving a gift in their will to a local charity.
It's September and it's back to school! We spoke to Frances from the Bullybusters team and asked her advice for children and young people returning to school. She gave us Bullybusters' top six tips for returning to school - whether you're starting a new school or going into a new year. Great advice too for parents too who are looking for the best way to support their children.
Local Solutions is launching new Homecare services in Sefton and Knowsley. Homecare provides domiciliary care and support that enables people to continue to live at home and access the community around them. These services will join our existing services in Liverpool, St Helens and Wirral, which are all rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.
We are regularly measuring our effectiveness in supporting people to ensure we are always at our best. We have collected some figures from a number of our services showing the people we have supported in the year 2017/18.