The Life Rooms are set to re-open their site at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions to provide the local community with learning, education and employment opportunities.
The site was closed in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic after seeking guidance from Public Health England and NHS England to ensure visitors and staff remained safe and has remained closed since.
“Our first priority when the pandemic first began was to keep people safe which was why we acted so swiftly to shut the doors, but we’re delighted to be working together with the Everyman again and welcoming everyone back,” explained Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation.
“Our drama, creative writing and poetry sessions were among the more popular classes we did as a partnership so we’re delighted to be working together again to provide these services to the people of Liverpool.”
The site is due to re-open again on 11 July 2022 and in addition to drama, creative writing and poetry, it will offer mental and physical health lifestyle sessions and advice on education and employment. Life Rooms Everyman will be available every Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 3pm.
Nathan Powell, Artistic Associate from Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse Theatres said: “We are so excited to be opening our doors again with Life Rooms. Our buildings are spaces to meet, be creative and feel connected and that’s everything that Life Rooms stands for. We are thrilled with this partnership.”
The re-opening of this important city centre site follows the recent launch of a new centre at
Lee Valley Millennium Centre in the Belle Vale area of Liverpool. Other sites have been successfully established in Walton, Southport and Bootle, in addition to several other drop-in sites across the region.
Since opening its first Life Rooms in Walton in 2016, Life Rooms sites have become focal points for their local communities and, after being forced to shut their doors during the pandemic, developed an online learning platform that has been viewed over 30,000 times since March 2020.
After returning to face to face contacts in October 2021, over 11,000 people have visited their sites and over 6,000 people have attended face to face learning sessions in Liverpool and Sefton.