The cost of living crisis is threatening the UK with an unprecedented socioeconomic disaster, and many young people are bearing the consequences.
Local Solutions has provided support to homeless young people from its inception. Offering supported accommodation for homeless young people to help them stay safe, get expert support and develop the skills and experience needed to move on to independent living. The cost-of-living crisis is now stripping young homeless people of the option to thrive in a home of their own.
Rent increases have hit a 13-year high and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are predicting the worst is yet to come following the energy price cap hike - which has added more than £700 to the typical annual bill.
These spiralling costs are already preventing young people from moving on supported accommodation and from sustaining tenancies resulting in bed blocking, tenancy failure, rough sleeping and increasing cyclical homelessness.
One in five young people are ready to move on from temporary supported accommodation, but they are prevented from doing so because they simply cannot pass the affordability test to qualify for a tenancy agreement. These factors are simply out of their control.
Local Solutions are stepping in to help with a new Power Up campaign to support and empower young people to move on from hostels and temporary accommodation and to successfully establish and sustain their own homes through these increasingly testing and insecure times.
The campaign will enable Local Solutions to continue to support these young people with the increased financial pressures of setting up and sustaining their own homes in the face of the cost of living crisis. Over for the first crucial 3 months of their tenancy, this financial support will provide vital breathing space and help reduce tenancy breakdown and repeat homelessness.
We need your help and support
The Power Up campaign will empower young people to succeed in sustaining tenancies and provide support for them in their community. Funding will support them in the first challenging months of a tenancy, enabling them to be independent, live with dignity and increase the chances of them realising their full potential and succeed in living independently.
Your donations will give homeless young people a weekly payment that will bridge the gap between the benefits that they receive and the cost of living for the first crucial 3 months of their tenancy.
Your donation will break the cycle of homelessness by enabling young people to secure and sustain their own homes.
Help us to prevent homelessness, keep young people safe, support them to live independently and be the best they can be.
How did Local Solutions start and what is the organisation about?
The leadership team at Local Solutions are supported by an experienced team of trustees, who meet every two months and play a vital role in the governance of the charity. They ensure that we are on track to achieve our goals and provide an efficient service to the community.
Local Solutions is lead by Tom Harrison, the Chief Executive, and a team of Directors who hold responsibilities for different areas of the organisation.
We are regularly measuring our effectiveness in supporting people to ensure we are always at our best. We have collected some figures from a number of our services showing the people we have supported in the year 2020/21.
Local Solutions is committed to becoming an organisation which is pro-diversity and anti-discriminatory, where everyone's diversity is valued and appreciated and, in recognising that everyone is different, valuing the unique contribution that individual experience, knowledge and skills can make.
Local Solutions work to a range of recognised standards, underpinning our adherence to high quality and care for our teams and those that we deliver services to.
The role of Honorary President is held by Mark Blundell Esq, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside. Local Solutions has a long history of the role of Honorary President being held by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.
Do you work for a small organisation and need to get a DBS check for your work? Local Solutions offers a DBS Umbrella Service where we can process a DBS check for you.