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Our Supported Lodgings service has had some great success stories recently. Young people supported by the service are regularly moving on to the next step in their lives thanks to the support from our committed householders and our support workers. We've caught up with Chloe, a young person who has moved out of the supported living environment into University. 

Congratulations to the Carers of the Quarter. Winners attended a celebration where they were given a certificate, a gift and had the opportunity to discuss their roles as carers.

Every year Local Solutions holds the Long Service Awards. The awards provide the opportunity to recognise the commitment of staff members who have been working here for 15, 20, 25, 30 years or more. This year 25 members of staff received a long service award for a total of 490 years service  

Every year Local solutions celebrates the Long Service awards. We took spoke to Pauline Dilworth about what it has been like to work in our Homecare team for 15 years.

Supported Families visit Chester Zoo

Families supported by our family hostel Plas Bellin were all treated to a fantastic day out to Chester Zoo. The trip was thanks to a generous donation from local builders merchant Dandy's Topsoil who provided the trip for all of the families supported by Plas Bellin. 

Families at Plas Bellin Hall enjoyed a Family Fun Day on the 28th August. It included pony rides, a fun bus, soccer darts, inflatable play area, raffle stall, face painting and exotic animals for the families to hold and learn about. One of the most popular attractions was June's 'I'm a Celebrity stall.'

5 staff took part in the Liverpool Cathedral Abseil on Saturday, 24th August. They collectively raised an incredible £2417 for services within Local Solutions: Bullybusters, Carers Emergency Fund, Domestic Abuse services and Resettlement Passport. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported them so generously.

The Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton Supported Lodgings services took the young people they are supporting on an exciting day out at the Liverpool Watersports Centre. 

John, one of our Homecare Service users, recently celebrated his 100th birthday! One of John's carers went out to see him on his big day and was very happy to give him a a card and a present. 

Wer're launching our new service - Sports Horizons

Through sports inclusion and participation Sports Horizons will take a personalised holistic approach when working with young people to support them with accommodation, training, education and employment.

For the 4th year in succession Local Solutions has been awarded a Rospa Gold Award for Health and Safety performance for the period of 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018.

Congratulations to the Carers of the Quarter. Winners attended a celebration where they were given a certificate, a gift and had the opportunity to discuss their roles as carers.

Our AIMS service recently celebrated 15 young people completing their workbooks. The young people all received a certificate for their hard work.

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.  

To Provide guidance to commissioners and service providers the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) held a webinar to discuss how to expand and improve on breaks available to Carers. One of the presenters on the webinar was our very own Head of Carers Services, Hazel Brown. Hazel spoke about our innovative Mytime service.

Excellent news for Bullybusters as they recently received a grant from the LFC Foundation Community Fund, in partnership with Cash For Kids, to provide materials for young people to spread the anti-bullying message. 

Do you have a long-term health condition? Does this ever stop you from getting active? Have you ever wanted to try Open Water Swimming? If so, the Liverpool Watersports Centre is holding a taster session that you are welcome to attend, where you can give it a try and see if it’s for you or to find out more information about the services that are on offer.

Liverpool Disability rights hero was remembered at a Town Hall Event, held on 25th June and hosted by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson OBE. The event payed tribute to the life and work of Sir Bert Massie, Vice Chairman and long-standing Trustee of Local Solutions and a key figure in the disability rights movement. 

Unpaid carers from Liverpool say that the loneliness prevention device, “Push to Talk”, has helped them overcome social isolation and brought them closer to others.

Our Homecare service is holding a vlog competition for our staff. Any staff member working in Homecare is challenged to create a blog about what they do. Whether that involves giving us a glimpse into a regular working day, the good or bad parts of the job, how the job has changed you, or another topic altogether. 

As part of our annual carers week, today we hosted a free event to provide support and information to the unpaid carers of Liverpool. Held in Stanley Park’s Isla Gladstone conservatory, the event was a day full of fun and informative events focusing on the city’s carers.

For Volunteers week Local Solutions hosted our 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.

On Friday 24th May we launched our new Young Persons' Hub. The hub will bring together our current services working with young people in Liverpool, providing an 'all in one place' service.

Sir Bert Massie's autobiography 'A Life Without Limits' is now available.  Sir Bert Massie was a key figure in the Disability Rights movement and a longstanding supporter and Trustee of Local Solutions.  The autobiography tells the story of his life in Liverpool, the prejudice he faced due to his disability and his journey as a disability rights activist.  The book tells his incredible story and was completed by his wife Maureen and friends after his death in October 2017.

 

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