Southport Life Rooms opening

Life Rooms Southport marked World Mental Health Day today with its official opening by the Queen’s official representative, Lord-Lieutenant Mark FW Blundell Esq, during a tour of the centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing.

Just over a year after Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust transformed the former Living Well centre in Southport into a community hub and home to the Recovery College, Mr Blundell unveiled a plaque to mark its official opening.

Since opening its doors to the local community, service users, carers and families in May 2017, Southport Life Rooms has welcomed 17,521 people through its doors. Mr Blundell met staff and volunteers and took part in a Men’s Mental Health Recovery College Course and spoke to participants at craft and board games sessions.

Caption: Lord-Lieutenant Mark FW Blundell unveils a plaque at the official opening of The Life Rooms Southport, with Mersey Care Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel (right) and Michael Crilly (left), Executive Director Elaine Darbyshire, and Life Rooms’ Senior Leadership Team Gary Thorpe and Neil Tunstall.                                                                       

As Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Blundell is Her Majesty’s representative for Merseyside and his visit follows last September’s official opening of Life Rooms Walton by the Duke of Cambridge. A third Life Rooms is currently being built in association with Hugh Baird College in the Bootle area of Liverpool.

Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social and Inclusion and Participation, said: “It was a great honour to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant to Life Rooms Southport and give him a better appreciation of how the Life Rooms model works, both for the local community and our service users and carers.

“Speaking to the Duke of Cambridge last year, it was clear the Royal Family take a keen interest in mental health and we’re delighted the Lord-Lieutenant has seen what we do here and attended a Recovery College Course to see the skills we try to give to our service users and allow them to lead full lives in the local community.”

Mr Blundell said: “This is the second time I’ve been to an official opening of Life Rooms and am delighted to have been able to take part in some of the activities and speak to participants here in Southport. Mersey Care is an important and leading organisation in mental health and it’s been a pleasure to officially open this wonderful facility.”

Here are some of the services on offer at Life Rooms Southport, 23-25 Scarisbrick Avenue, Southport, PR8 1NW:

  • professional advice to help people get back to work, through volunteering opportunities and further education
  • access to tailored support through our Pathways Advisors
  • advice sessions about physical and mental wellbeing, advice on money, housing and community services
  • family friendly area and spaces for people to just relax or read a book
  • learning rooms offering a range of courses from Mersey Care’s Recovery College
  • meeting spaces for community groups
  • an IT suite, free for everyone
  • interview areas for private one-to-one conversations enabling confidential support
  • an art exhibition and cultural activities’ area.

Further information about Life Rooms: http://www.liferooms.org/

Further information about Mersey Care: https://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/about-us/