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. Lord Mayor Peter Brennan attended the launch of the hub presented certificates to young people who have completed courses with our AIMS (Accommodation Intense Mentoring and Skills) service. Attendees also heard from one of the young people who has benefited from the project and now volunteers as a peer mentor for other young people.
We were also delighted to welcome Steve Reddy, head of Children's Services at Liverpool City Council and Steve Moutray, manager at Liverpool Leaving Care Team to the launch event alongside representatives from project funders and other partner agencies.
Local Solutions’ Young Persons’ Hub houses a number of support services focussed on helping young people to build resilience, raise their aspirations and achieve their goals. Our AIMS mentoring service and Liverpool Supported Lodgings are based in the hub.
AIMS supports young people aged who are homeless, living in temporary accommodation, are care leavers or have experience of the care system and those who are not in education, employment or training. The team is made up of mentors with experience in multiple fields. This service is joint funded by Liverpool City Council, Linbury Trust, One Ark and Lankelly Chase.
Liverpool Supported Lodgings is commissioned by Liverpool City Council to provide family-style accommodation for homeless young people with volunteer households within the community.
The Comic Relief funded Sports Horizon programme is due to launch next month with the aim of engaging vulnerable young people in personal development activities via the Liverpool Watersports Centre in order to gain skills in communication, problem solving, leadership and planning.
These services all come together within the Hub to offer an ‘everything in one place’ style delivery within a friendly atmosphere and a comprehensive skills programme including employability and work skills, tenancy readiness via our Resettlement Passport course, a personal development programme and individual mentoring.
The hub also provides a Daily Breakfast Club, incentives for engagement and hosting of multi-agency and specialist support.
To find out more about the services on offer, Click here
More Photos from the event can be found on our Flickr