Everton’s Neighbourhood Manager Sarah Atherton and colleague Sean Melia recently visited a new state of the art centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing, which has opened at the much loved former Carnegie library on Evered Avenue, Walton.
Now called The Life Rooms Walton, this historic building has been transformed by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – a long-standing health partner of Everton in the Community - as a centre where people can realise their potential and gain new life opportunities.
Whilst at the new centre, Everton’s Neighbourhood team looked around the impressive facilities and met with Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation.
“We want Life Rooms to be a happy building that people want to visit, where they look forward to coming back,” he said. “Whether you’re someone facing challenges or simply coming to the café, or to use the computers or library, it’s crucial to have somewhere where you feel valued so when you step through the door, there’s a sense of welcome, a feeling that reminds you that you matter.”
In addition to providing a range of recovery-based courses and training for people who use mental health services, Life Rooms are open Monday to Friday to anyone across the local community for free use of IT equipment and has refreshments and cakes available from a café managed by a local social enterprise, as well as a health and wellbeing focused library sections including a selection of literature and classics, a children’s section and access to the city’s library book pre-ordering service.
The Life Rooms also offer sessions for employment and enterprise skills, debt advice and other sessions by partner agencies, as well as meeting space for community groups and other health and wellbeing activities.
You can find the Life Rooms on the corner of Evered Avenue and Rice Lane in Walton or visit www.liferooms.org