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My name is Paul Ainger and I’m the Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator in the Liverpool Carers Centre. The Centre provides support for unpaid carers in Liverpool. This involves carrying out carers assessments and providing a flexible support service that provides impartial advice and information. Part of the support we offer is the Health and Wellbeing program.

Bert was a Trustee of Local Solutions up until his death in 2017. Bert contracted Polio in infancy and subsequently lived with disability for the whole of his life. We are honoured that the proceeds from his autobiography will aid Local Solutions work in supporting people facing disadvantage and exclusion.

My name is Rob and I’m the mytime Administrator. My role is to basically phone around carers as best as I can and offer them breaks, as well as keeping records of that on our database.

Mytime is an initiative that was set up a few years ago in order to give carers a well-deserved break from their caring role. It started with just a small number of hotels offering an overnight break to carers and from that we’ve been able to grow the project with funding and give other opportunities like theatre breaks, restaurant meals etc.

The Resettlement Passport was launched in 2014. It’s a tenancy skills course that helps vulnerable people to improve their skills and gives them the confidence to begin or maintain their own tenancy.

Running for over 5 years now, the course has had many great achievements. 

I was recently reviewing the year for our internal reporting and realised just how much has happened this year and how many ‘firsts’ happened with the Resettlement Passport.

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about services and service delivery. Who tells organisations how to deliver services? The commissioner, funder or service specification? The organisation’s senior team or manager? The service users?

Darren Browne started working with Local Solutions a month ago and his co-worker John Dobson started just two weeks ago. They work at the recently re-launched AIMS service, in the new Young People’s hub on Scotland Road.

The AIMS service works with 16-21-year-old's who are supported by leaving care services, have experienced the care system or who are not in education, employment or training. The service supports these young people with personal and social development skills, accommodation, independent living and life skills and education, employment and training.

 

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