Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has a based in the former Walton Library and has transformed it into a centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing.
As one of the UK’s leading mental health trusts, Mersey Care has extensively refurbished the interior and preserved the historic exterior, the building was acquired after becoming available as part of Liverpool City Council’s reduction in library services.
In addition to retaining some popular library services, Mersey Care funded the restoration of the building and created a base for a range of life opportunities in a way that challenges stigma and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.
The Life Rooms has become a hive of community activity with the Mersey Care Recovery College having a base there, volunteering opportunities and employment advice. Anyone can access support from two Pathways Advisors who can provide guidance on our own opportunities together with those from other partners.
People can also get information about physical and mental wellbeing, advice on money, housing and community services, including sessions from Liverpool City Council and many others.
There is a library for health and wellbeing, learning, literature and poetry, a children’s area and meeting rooms for people and community groups to use.
A free IT suite is available for everyone and interview areas are available for private confidential support, there is a wide open area for art exhibitions or cultural activities, with a café run by a local social enterprise, North Perk.
The centrepiece of the building is a stunning glass dome, which has remained a key part of the redesign of the building, which aims to make the area feel light, airy and welcoming. For more information, you can contact us on 0151 478 6556.