Mersey Care NHS Trust have saved the historic Carnegie building at the former Walton Library and transformed it into the state-of-the-art ‘Life Rooms Walton’, a new centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing.
The stunning new centre has retained the historic exterior while the interior has been extensively refurbished into a state-of-the-art centre which will revolutionise the way people recover from and manage their mental health. It will also serve the wider community of Walton with a variety of new and exciting services that challenges stigma and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.
Leading mental health trust Mersey Care have also retained some of the popular library services for the local community at the much-loved building on Evered Avenue, off Rice Lane, Walton, which was opened in 1911, with the £8,000 cost being paid by Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
The building has become available as part of Liverpool City Council’s reduction in library services and Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation, said: “People have been scared they’d lose their library so it’s good to be able to reassure them that some of those services will be retained, including an electronic ordering service for books that are not in stock.”