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In December 2018 we asked Homecare service users to give their feedback in a survey to find out more about their experiences, what the Homecare team does well and which areas they wanted the service to improve in.The team received hugely positive feedback with a massive 95% rating the service as good or excellent! 

Salford's Care Leavers are benefiting from Local Solutions' Resettlement Passport thanks to a partnership between Citywest Housing Trust and Salford's leaving care service 'Next Step.'  The Housing Association work closely with 'Next Step' to support young people as they transition into independent living and have funded the provision of the online Resettlement Passport tenancy skills course as part of this support.   

The Liverpool Watersports Centre has been awarded funding by the 1851 Trust to give free sailing lessons to children in Merseyside. 500 places are available for students aged 11 to 14 years old, at schools located within 15 miles of the Centre, based at Queens Dock. 

Local Solutions' AIMS - Accommodation Intense Mentoring and Skills -  program has relaunched and is taking referrals for young people aged 16-21 who are with leaving care services, have experience of the care system or who are NEET.

 

Today (March 8th) is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate all the achievements that women make.This years theme is Balance for Better and here at Local Solutions we're happy to have many female staff and volunteers who are making a huge difference to our local communities. 

Local Solutions has been accredited by the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, the national accreditation standard that recognises an organisation’s commitment to improving the lives of those who work there.

Our mytime project featured on Inside Out North West. The crew from Inside out spent a lot of time speaking to carers and hearing about their roles as carers, and how a mytime break can have a really positive effect on them. 

Local Solutions was pleased to welcome Margot James, MP and Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries to the organisation on 7 February. The visit to Liverpool was organised by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to look at the 5G test bed

Recently 8 unpaid carers attended afternoon tea at the Pullman Hotel. The Hotel provided this complimentary break for them so that they could take a break from their demanding caring roles and enjoy some "Mytime" 

Cherry Tree House our extra care scheme, threw a great party for one of their service users 60th birthdays. 

Local Solutions is exploring the possibility of launching a Fostering Agency which would support children in the Liverpool City Region.

Local Solutions has a long history of providing support for young people through our accommodation projects, family hostels, supported lodgings placements and specialist mentoring programmes.

Congratulations to the Autumn 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

We're delighted to announce that the Resettlement Passport has been awarded an 'Awards for All' grant from the Big Lottery to support the development of the initiative. Our Resettlement Passport is an online tenancy skills course which developed out of our work with homeless young people, and is now being used by organisations nationally.  It gives people skills and confidence to prepare for and manage their own tenancy.

Every year we collect the photos of our favorite moments and create our film of the year.

The Local Solutions Annual Award event took place on Friday 21st December, bringing together staff and volunteers from across the company to celebrate the last year. The event included speeches from Steve Hawkins, Local Solutions’ Chief Executive and Nigel Lanceley, Local Solutions’ Chair; an opportunity to review the year in photos and the first showing of a video featuring three people telling their stories of how they have been impacted by Local Solutions’ work this year.

 Here's a short video featuring three people who have been impacted by Local Solutions' work in the last year.

 

Staff from across Local Solutions celebrated Christmas Jumper day on the 14th December, with a fierce competition for the Best-Dressed Team award. Donations were collected towards emergency items for homeless young people in our services.

Each year, the Tai Chi Ladies raise funds for charity by donating the money they would have spent on each other as Christmas presents. This year, once again they chose our Domestic Abuse Services and donated an amazing £224.45.

Local Solutions has secured £490,000 from Comic Relief to run a three year mentoring program for young people aged 16-21 who do not have a secure place to live. The project will be called ‘Sports Horizon’ and will support young people to gain life skills to progress to training & employment and to sustain settled accommodation, using sports as a way to develop skills.

Liverpool Watersports Centre hosted an event for local housing associations to raise awareness of the opportunities on offer at the centre. The event was held in partnership with Fusion 21 and Canal and River Trust who took part in a presentation about the centre and discussion. The presentation was followed by lunch and the opportunity to try out the wheelchair accessible ‘Wheelyboat.’

In a multi-agency effort, organisations from across Liverpool came together at Local Solutions' Kensington Office to pack survival kits for those in need.

Tuesday marked the second day of National Anti-Bullying week, which meant a busy schedule for the Bullybusters team! Individually, the team were completing school rally’s, visiting three schools in a day to deliver whole school assemblies to spread the anti-bullying message.

Congratulations to the Homecare team and Nuala Gallagher and Eddie Philipson - 2 carers supported by Liverpool Carers Centre - who were recognised at this year’s Older people’s awards service. The awards are held annually to celebrate the achievements of over 65’s, and organisations providing for older people across the city region. 

 The Carers Centre arranged a coach trip to the Manchester Christmas markets for 45 carers. The day was an absolute success and all carers had a wonderful time as you can see from the pictures.

 

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