Local Solutions has been granted the Freedom of the City Award. The charity, which grew out of the economic misery of the 1970’s is just as relevant in the lives of vulnerable people in today’s austere climate.
Local Solutions Chief Executive Steve Hawkins commented, “We are greatly honoured to receive this award. It is a tribute to the efforts of the many thousands of volunteers and staff who have served in our organisation since 1974. I would like to thank the people of Liverpool for the support they have given us during these last 39 Years.
Some of the innovative services that Local Solutions has established over the years includes:
Instigating the First Youth Opportunities Programme for the North
• Launching Supported Lodgings Services for homeless teenagers
• Developing anti- bullying and domestic violence services
• Establishing the first Carers Centre in Liverpool
• Creating Shopmobility services for people with mobility restrictions
• Developing a purpose built Watersports facility for the whole community
The recognition from the City of Liverpool will encourage Local Solutions to even greater efforts. The organisation will continue to help the people experiencing poverty and exclusion, and especially young people who need a platform to grow during this difficult period.
Mayor Anderson was the first to congratulate the organisation on its achievement he said: “It’s fantastic to see Local Solutions being awarded the Freedom of the City – it’s richly deserved.
“They work tirelessly to provide support and advice across a range of areas including mental health and anti bullying support.
“Such services are vital and without them many people struggling to cope with day to day life would have nowhere and no one to turn to. Local Solutions have continued to provide these services in increasingly difficult times. This award recognises their years of service, and I am delighted the Council approved the award.”