14 September, 2017
Life Rooms Walton was today officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke Of Cambridge during a tour of the services on offer to the local community and mental health service users.
His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to mark the Life Rooms officially open, a year after the doors first opened following extensive refurbishment of the former Walton Library.
During his visit to the Life Rooms, which is now a community hub for well-being and home to Mersey Care’s Recovery College, The Duke of Cambridge met service users engaged in an IT tuition class, attended a confidence building course and met members of the gardening group supported by partner organisation, the Cass Foundation, who have transformed the grounds surrounding the building into a ’life garden’.
The Duke spent time with former service users in the social enterprise café, North Perk, met several Life Rooms volunteers as well as staff working within the Life Rooms Pathways Service. His Royal Highness also spent time meeting representatives of the Work Company, Liverpool in Work, Floating Housing Support and Lloyds Bank, who are among more than 35 partners now providing help, advice and practical support to Life Rooms users.
Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation, said: “It was a great privilege for all of us to meet His Royal Highness and show him how our Life Rooms model works, both for the local community and for our service users and carers. In particular, it was wonderful for him to be able to spend time with the people who have benefitted from our service during the last year. Their very real experiences provide the best insight into the effectiveness of what we offer.
“We’re aware of the great work that The Duke, The Duchess and Prince Harry are doing through their own ‘Heads Together’ campaign and believe that the Life Rooms shares many common goals, particularly with regard to promoting recovery and positive mental health and wellbeing.”
Since Life Rooms Walton opened last May, more than 16,000 people have visited. We have since opened another base in Southport while capital funding has been secured for a third Life Rooms to be opened in Bootle in partnership with Hugh Baird College.