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Plans revealed for St Winefride’s transformation

Take a look at the first images of how the former St Winefride’s Roman Catholic Church might look after its transformation into a state of the art training academy and Life Rooms…


Earlier this year, Hugh Baird College successfully teamed up with Mersey Care to win a £3.9M grant to transform the former St Winefride’s Roman Catholic Church in Bootle. The partnership was awarded the grant by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, who have committed nearly £9M to support skills and leaning opportunities for communities across Liverpool.

The extensive refurbishment of the main church will see it become a training academy and base for levels 1 to 6 health and social care training in partnership with Mersey Care. A new Life Rooms will also be built on the footprint of the current presbytery, delivering courses to provide practical life skills and offering a hub for the local community.

Mersey Care have already established two Life Rooms to great acclaim, firstly restoring the former Walton Library into a stunning community hub and base for the Recovery College, and then another on the site of the former Living Well centre in Southport, which opened in May. Both venues are centres for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing and are committed to working with the local community to provide the services people want and need.

Yana Williams, Hugh Baird College Principal and Chief Executive, said:

“These are exciting times at Hugh Baird College and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust on this important redevelopment project."
“This initiative doesn’t just benefit the students of Hugh Baird College. It has a far wider reach. The new centre will provide a community resource that is open to all who feel ready to take those important first steps to wellbeing."
“The redevelopment of the St Winefride’s Roman Catholic Church will also bring back to life an important community venue and will provide vital life changing services and welcoming shared spaces.”

The St Winefride’s project is in the early stages and plans are currently being considered by Sefton Council but we look forward to bringing you more news over the coming months.

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