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.
The summer holidays are nearly coming to an end but don’t worry there’s still ways to make the most of your time off!
Here is some advice from our Bullybusters team.
The Cavern Club, one of Liverpool's top tourist attractions, recently hosted 78 Mytime carers. Carers were treated to a VIP experience, a free drink on arrival and fantastic live music.
MP David Hanson MP for Delyn visited Plas Bellin Hall, our supported living project in North Wales that provides accommodation for homeless families.
Liverpool Shopmobility aims to make sure nobody has to miss out on enjoying this amazing city of ours because they have issues with mobility. Shopmobility is excellently located in the centre of Liverpool with two shops, one in Liverpool One and one in St Johns Shopping Centre. There are many different attractions just a short distance ride on a Shopmobility scooter.
England's world cup run may be over but it was an amazing run, it certainly felt like the whole country came together to enjoy the football spirit. The staff and residents at Cherry Tree House certainly did, spending the afternoon before the semi final with some freshly made burgers, cold drinks and glorious sunshine.
Congratulations to the Summer Carers of the Quarter. Winners attended a celebration today where they were given a certificate, flowers and had the opportunity to discuss their roles as carers.
Shirley has been a Householder with Knowsley Supported Lodgings for 20 years. Householders accommodate and support homeless young people in their homes. Local Solutions relies on Householders like Shirley across Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Conwy. Here is Shirley’s story and her advice for other Householders and people who are considering the role.
Local Solutions' Homecare service supports people to live at home in Liverpool and St Helens. Our services have all been rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This is in part due to our excellent care support workers, who are incredibly passionate about what they do. We managed to catch up with some of them and ask them what it is like to be a carer.
As part of Carers Week 2018, Liverpool Carers Centre organised an event in Williamson Square to support unpaid carers in Liverpool.
It’s Carers Week this week, recognising the contribution of the 1 in 8 people who care for a family member, friend or neighbour. Here in Liverpool there are over 50,000 carers and 1 in 12 secondary school pupils are carers. We spoke to the team at Liverpool Carers Centre at Local Solutions to find out their top tips for carers.
Local Solutions hosted their annual Volunteers Lunch where volunteers and Supported Lodgings Householders from across the company came to celebrate their hard work. The annual Volunteers Lunch is significant as it helps to recognise the wonderful contribution of volunteers across Local Solutions' services.
Liverpool Watersports Centre is holding a Dock 2 Dock Swim on the 21st July with a variety of lengths from 2-10K. We are looking for people who would like to take on the challenge and raise sponsorship for a Local Solutions project.
Kieran Creevy has been a volunteer for the Communications department since October 2017. This week is Volunteers Week and we spoke to him about his experiences at Local Solutions. Throughout his time at Local Solutions he has been able to gain and practice a variety of skills including time management, organisation, IT experience, working to deadlines and office admin, as this is his first time working in an office.
Local Solutions are proud to have received our LGBTIQ Chartermark Certificate at the awards ceremony earlier this month. As an organisation we are committed to equality and diversity in the workplace.
Carers from Local Solutions’ Homecare service were celebrated at today’s Carer of the Year Celebration. Over the last year, 562,000 hours of care have been delivered to people living in Liverpool, St Helens and at our Extra Care scheme Cherry Tree House on the Wirral, enabling many people to remain living in their own homes.