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1974 – Merseyside Council for Voluntary Services (MCVS) launches

The organisation was officially launched in March 1974 by Councillor Sefton, Chairman of the short-lived Merseyside County Council. The organisation was known as Merseyside Council for Voluntary Service (MCVS). There were twelve other CVS's on Merseyside and one of MCVS’s tasks was to co-ordinate the work of these councils.
With the onset of mass unemployment in the 1970s and 1980s, MCVS focused its efforts on initiating a range of programmes to combat poverty and provide opportunities for people to improve the quality of their lives.

2000 - MCVS changes its name to Local Solutions

By the end of the 1990s, the services that MCVS provided had diversified into training programs, homelessness support, welfare rights advice, security measures and energy efficiency installations, childcare, health and disability services, domiciliary care and sports and leisure facilities. With the organisation no longer being a traditional CVS and following consultation with stakeholders, staff and the Governing Board, it was agreed that the advent of the new millennium provided an ideal opportunity to change the name to Local Solutions.

2007 – First services launch in North Wales

In 2007, Local Solutions was invited to launch a Supported Lodgings service in Flintshire. Working closely with the local councils, Local Solutions now operates services in Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy.


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A Householder, Lisa, and Young person, Leaninna, from Wirral Supported Lodgings were featured on BBC Radio Merseyside and spoke about their experiences with the project.  Lisa spoke about what it is like to be a Householder as the program advertised the need for Householders in our projects across Merseyside and North Wales.  


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