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We were pleased to welcome the Chief Constable of Merseyside, Serena Kennedy, to visit some of our services at Local Solutions on Monday 6th September. 

We were pleased to welcome the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, to visit some of our services on Monday 19th August.

Since August 2019 Chris and Hazel have been working on a way to make sure the importance of the health and wellbeing off carers is being recognized, not only by GP’s but by the people surrounding them also. They wanted to achieve this through spreading the word through doctors’ surgeries and GP practices. 6.5 million people in the UK are carers. In Liverpool this figure is just over 50,000.

We've partnered with LJMU to evaluate the Bullybusters anti-bullying intervention scheme. The aim is to see what is working well, what needs improving and to consider changes moving forward. The evaluation will help to develop our Bullybusters further & provide us with useful insights to help us better support people who experience bullying. 

 

Our Carers were absolutely delighted to celebrate with Ellen on her 100th birthday. 

A message from Local Solutions’ Board of Trustees:

 

"We are delighted to announce that Tom Harrison has accepted our offer to take on the permanent position as Chief Executive of the charity...."

Local Solutions has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Medal Award for Health & Safety performance. The Gold Medal Award is given to organisations that have achieved 5-9 Gold Awards. This is Local Solutions 6th year receiving the Gold Award.

Hazel Brown, Head of Communities at Local Solutions, has been awarded an MBE for services to Carers in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours.

During this year’s carers week, the team at Liverpool Carers Centre will be delivering a ‘Hug in a Mug’ tea break box to 1,000 unpaid carers across the city. These boxes will contain a mug, tea, coffee, and other goodies within. The team have now organised and packed the boxes and will deliver “hugs in mugs” to 200 carers each day throughout the week.

Local Solutions’ interim Chief Executive, Tom Harrison welcomes the appointment of Hazel Snell as the organisation’s new Chair. Hazel joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

We are delighted to announce that Tom Harrison has recently been appointed as interim Chief Executive of Local Solutions.

The local NHS and Liverpool City Council are appealing to unpaid carers whose role currently isn’t recorded, to make themselves known so that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine.

To support those most in need, The COVID Winter Grant Scheme has been made available to Councils by the DWP to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs during the winter period, particularly considering the COVID-19 outbreak.

Every year we conduct written service user surveys to seek feedback about the service from the people who use it. This enables us to identify areas of good practice and to identify areas for improvement. Our most recent survey was conducted in December 2020 and we had some excellent responses.

Local Solutions Carers’ Centre in partnership with Liverpool City Council have been providing PPE for Unpaid Carers. Our team has helped in identifying who requires this vital equipment through our existing support services or other professionals working with carers and also ensuring access to a regular supply.

Retirement of CEO - Chairman's Statement

Food Active and Local Solutions are excited to launch ‘Look Who’s Cooking’, a virtual cooking course especially for male carers in Liverpool. 

Every year our Bullybusters team celebrates anti-bullying week. This usually involves lots of visits to schools and bringing lots of young people together to share the anti-bullying message. This year the team had to work in a very different way to share the important message that although we are apart, we can be united against bullying.

Local Solutions has secured funding from Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership to support young people at risk of Child Criminal Exploitation, including County Lines activity.  The INK (Improve, Nurture, Know) project will operate out of the Young Person’s Hub and support young people aged 16-24 from across Merseyside.

As Covid-19 guidance continues to change, our teams are working across the organisation to ensure that we continue to support the needs of the people we support.  The safety of the people we care for and provide support to and the welfare of our staff is our priority. The latest updates are below.

We are really excited to welcome young people back and to resume providing in-person support for those who need it. With the re-opening, our AIMS and Sports Horizons services will be starting face to face interaction with service users once more. In addition to this we are also happy to be offering Watersport’s Activities within our Sports Horizons service again. 

During the pandemic, residents at our Plas Bellin and Sunraye hostels have been receiving fresh cooked meals from 'Nanny Biscuit' who have been in conjunction with Moneysupermarket to support vulnerable people in Flintshire. All of us here at Local Solutions are very grateful for their support. 

Liverpool Shopmobility will be opening its doors for the first time since March. Our team at Liverpool Shopmobility have been working hard to make sure the shop can open in a safe way and are delighted to announce the two locations in Liverpool City Centre are ready to open and support people with mobility issues to get around the city centre. The two stores will be operating on a reduced timetable to ensure safety for customers.

Following recent Government guidance, we are delighted to say certain activities at Liverpool Waterspots Centre opened from Wednesday June 3rd 2020. All bookings will be via the website. LWC will be open for customers wishing to visit us for their daily exercise and enjoy Watersports activities - but there will be some significant changes to how we operate and the facilities that are available. 

 

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