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Local Solutions has achieved a RoSPA Gold Medal in recognition of achieving ‘Gold’ in the RoSPA Health and Safety awards for five consecutive years.  The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

We appreciate that there is a lot of concern at the moment in terms of Coronavirus and its implications. Local Solutions takes its duty of care to deliver services very seriously and has contingency plans in place.  All the information about how our services have been affected is here.  

The current lockdown that the UK is experiencing due to the coronavirus has led to heightened concerns around domestic abuse, with huge increases in calls and requests for help. As a result of social distancing measures, many victims have become trapped inside their homes, isolated from friends and family and feeling less able to get the help and support they need.

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic abuse, Local Solutions’ Worst Kept Secret team can provide support by phone, email, text and online chat.  The team have been working to support people affected by domestic abuse for many years and will offer practical and emotional support. 

Huge Congratulations to the Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens Homecare team who have been awarded a ‘Good’ in their recent CQC inspection.  The service was rated ‘Good’ in all areas and this is testimony to the hard work of the team – both our care support workers out in the community and the team in the offices who support them.  This means that all three Local Solutions Homecare services are rated 'Good.'

 

During this trying time there seems to be information and updates flying at us faster than we can process them. We've pulled together some useful links to help filter out the noise.

The Bullybusters team have come up with 5 top tips of staying safe online while the schools are shut!

During these unprecedented times, many of our staff are working directly with vulnerable people to deliver vital services. Our Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins has recorded a special thank you to our staff.

Young people from AIMS created a rap video about knife crime and other topics  that are close to their hearts. 

The young people worked with Big Condo Academy who are based locally and worked with local rapping sensation Royzy. The rap covered experiences of growing up in and out of hostels, crime that had involved knives and the treatment of young people by different governmental services.

On the 6th of February 2020, Mytime was featured on BBC North West Tonight, celebrating the new funding from the RSA for the project. The feature included a carer and user of the service, as well as two of the hoteliers who provide breaks for carers, and Hazel Brown the head of our Carers' services. Mytime provides unpaid carers with breaks donated by local businesses such as overnight hotel stays, afternoon teas and theatre tickets. Thanks to the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) funding, Mytime will be working in partnership with Hitch Marketing to co-create a digital application to facilitate breaks in other geographic areas.

Young people from our Sports Horizons project recently went on a 2 night residential trip in North Yorkshire. During their stay they got involved in loads of exciting activities. Find out more about their trip here.

Mytime, an award-winning scheme offering breaks to unpaid carers has secured a Catalyst Grant from the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

The winners have been announced for the Winter Carers of the Quarter awards. Winners attended a celebration today where they were given a certificate, flowers and had the opportunity to discuss their roles as carers. 

We’re always looking for more people to get involved in sponsored events. Are you planning on being more active this year? Set a goal of running a 10k, swimming long distance, or just going for a nice long walk. Use the motivation of being booked onto an event to help you make your new years resolution a reality.

Local Solutions have released their 'Year in Pictures' video for 2019.

The local Solutions Annual Award event took place on Friday 20th December, bringing together staff and volunteers from across the company to celebrate the exceptional work done by individuals within the Local Solutions community.

A number of young people were awarded at the AIMS Celebration Day on the 18th of December for their hard work and dedication over the past year.

Staff from across Local Solutions celebrated Christmas Jumper day on the 13th of December, with a fierce competition for the Best-Dressed Team award.

Two carers supported by the Liverpool Carers Centre were honoured at the 2019 Older People's Awards for their great work within the community. 

5 young people supported by our AIMS service recently completed a 10 week learning and development course with Street Soccer Academy. They got a great chance to practice their football skills whilst learning vital life skills. The course was delivered in partnership with the LFC Foundation

Hazel Brown, head of Carers Services and Judith Webb, head of Homecare took part in the IV Malopolska Silver Economy Congress in Krakow, Poland. The conference focussed on caring for mental health among older people.

Our Bullybusters project has been running for 15 years this year. To mark the occasion, the team held a birthday celebration at our offices. 

Liverpool Watersports Centre will be undergoing a huge refurbishment over the winter. This will include significant external repairs and painting and refurbishment of the changing rooms and café.

Bullybusters are inviting children and young people and their work colleagues to join them in wearing odd socks to celebrate Anti-Bullying week, which runs from the 11-15th November.  

33 tenants from Plus Dane and First Ark’s sheltered schemes enjoyed trying out activities at Liverpool Watersports Centre in two taster afternoons. Everyone enjoyed speeding down to Albert Dock in the Sir Bert Massie Wheelyboat and trying out the rafted canoes. They then made the most of the café with its fantastic views of the waterfront and people enjoying different activities on the water.

 

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