Community-based support for health and wellbeing

If you have found the last few months hard going and are looking for some extra support, a new health and wellbeing service might be helpful to you, your friends or family.

The Life Rooms has teamed up with Liverpool’s Public Health team to launch a new initiative to support individuals and communities with their health and wellbeing, following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 12-month pilot will ensure The Life Rooms, a service run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has a presence in local libraries, one stop shops and children’s centres across the city.

Sessions will provide practical support and learning opportunities to help with health and wellbeing, family and caring responsibilities, mental health and physical wellbeing, financial difficulties and housing issues.

The Life Rooms will visit the following locations between 9.30am and 3.30pm each week:

  • Garston Library: Monday and Tuesday
  • Kensington Library: Wednesday and Thursday
  • Kirkdale One Stop Shop: Monday and Tuesday
  • Liverpool Central Library: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Norris Green Library: Wednesday and Friday
  • Parklands Library: Friday
  • Toxteth Library: Monday and Friday
  • Wavertree Children’s Centre: Monday and Thursday
  • Tuebrook Children’s Centre: Monday and Thursday
  • County Children’s Centre: Tuesday
  • Kensington Children’s Centre: Wednesday and Friday.

Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation, said: “This partnership with Public Health Liverpool provides a real opportunity to reach right into the heart of our communities to provide the help and support that people need right now.

“We don’t really know the full impact of lockdowns and the pandemic on most of the population yet but we do know there continues to be an increase in mental health issues generally. The earlier we can offer help, the better. By getting out into the communities we want to offer practical help and support to those who are struggling and stop them becoming unwell.”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool, said: “Most people will experience low level mental health problems at some point in their lives, as stress, worry, and anxiety have become more commonplace.  Sadly, the pandemic has caused more life stressors, experienced over a longer period of time, causing greater levels of harm to wellbeing and mental health in our communities. 

“We’re pleased to support community based models such as the Life Rooms, as good mental health and wellbeing makes life better. It helps us form positive relationships and build resilience to cope with the ups and downs that come to us all.”

For more information, visit https://www.liferooms.org/

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