Mental health hub receives million pound makeover

A mental health hub in Liverpool is being officially reopened following a £1.2 million refurbishment.

Crown Hub offers support to people who may be experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and social isolation, providing short term, focused help.

The service can work with up to 250 people across the city and the support can be provided from Crown Hub building or the service users own home via the Community Support Team.

The run-down building has now been refitted and features light and airy spaces and modern furniture, as well as a new café leading out on to a patio and garden. There are also meeting rooms which can be hired by community organisations.

The official reopening, which is being performed by Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden on Wednesday 20 July, will feature music from house band The Crown Toppers – a group made up of service users and staff who perform at venues across the city.

Councillor Paul Brant, Cabinet member for adult social care and health, said:

“The services provided at Crown Street are truly excellent but the dated surroundings were desperately in need of a makeover and it wasn’t a particularly pleasant environment to spend time in.

“We asked service users and staff what they’d like to see and have reflected that in the improvement work that we’ve carried out.

“It’s now a much brighter place to come in to, somewhere that really lifts your mood and is a nice place to be.

“We are also keen to make sure this building is open to the local community, so although there are areas which can only be accessed by service users, we have also created rooms and facilities that groups and organisations can use as well.”

The investment in Crown Hub followed a review of mental health services across the city in 2014 which recommended placing more of an emphasis placed on recovery and reablement, as well as offering longer term support.

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