The Life Rooms were commissioned by Public Health Liverpool at Liverpool City Council to deliver a community-based mental health prevention offer to support individuals and communities across libraries and children’s centres in Liverpool, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic were predicted to have wide ranging impacts on both mental and physical health. The pandemic ‘disproportionately impacted upon those already facing hardship and exacerbated the existing trends and challenges around inequalities.’ (One Liverpool, October 2020)

Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Public Health highlighted Mental Health as a priority for the recovery of COVID-19. The Life Rooms Public Health Project was shaped and funded in partnership with Liverpool City Council Public Health Department using fixed term funds from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) allocated to Liverpool to help manage the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Research and Evaluation Team at The Life Rooms have worked alongside our operational teams for a 12-month period to collect, analyse and evaluate the activity across the project, as well as to understand the experiences of the people who have utilised our services.

‘The Research and Evaluation Team has been one of the greatest developments within The Life Rooms service’. - Michael Crilly, Director of Social Health and Community Inclusion.

We thank each member of our team who has been involved in this delivery within the service, and are pleased to finally publish the Public Health Evaluation Report, which you can read by clicking the links below.