The recent lockdown has meant that all of us are experiencing lots of changes in our everyday lives. We have all had to make a number of adaptations and think carefully about our physical and emotional wellbeing. As a result, lots of hostels and supported accommodations have had to make a number of changes to ensure the health and safety of their residents. I’ve been in touch with the team at Homeground hostel, to find out how life is going under lockdown, and the kind of things they’ve been up to.

My name is Beth Cunliffe and I am an Operational Manager for Local Solutions’ Homecare. I’ve always been passionate about supporting people and wanted my job to reflect that. That’s why I started and have continued my career in the care sector.

My name is Christopher King and I am the GP Link Worker at the Liverpool Carers Centre Liverpool. Supporting carers is something I am very passionate about and seeing the difference the support on offer at the Carers Centre can make is highly rewarding. 

My name is Dan, the current fostering manager at Local Solutions. I’m from Liverpool, I’ve always lived here and went to university here. I’ve have worked as a social worker in many different areas. I joined Local Solutions recently and I have been working on setting up a fostering service.

I'm Betty, Local Solutions' new chaplain! Come and have a cup of tea and a chat!

To mark Anti-Bullying week 2019, we sat down with the Bullybusters team to talk about the work they do throughout the year to tackle bullying across Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley. Did you know that they delivered antibullying sessions to over 30,000 children, young people, parents and teachers last year? Find out about their work and how you can join them by wearing odd socks this week....

We caught up with the DOT Team - Data Operations Team - to find out more about their role and the part they play in the organisation.  We wanted to find out the best bits and challenges in their role and if they have any team traditions....

Written by Sports horizons project co-ordinator - Darren Browne

My name is Darren and I’m the Project Coordinator for an exciting new venture: the launch of the Sports Horizon project within our Young Person’s Hub on Scotland Road.

The project has been long in the making and takes inspiration from our very successful AIMS services. The main driver for Sports Horizons is meaningful engagement in sporting activities by young people which helps them to broaden their horizons – hence the name!

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.


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