A former Everton player has supported the opening of a multi-million development which combines one of the city's busiest community libraries, a brand new neighbourhood health centre and education facilities.
'The Fiveways Centre' in Childwall opened its doors this week and Alan Stubbs - who had two spells with the Blues during his career - was one of the first to see the new facilities now being provided to the local community.
He said: "It's fantastic that people in Childwall and the surrounding areas now have a state-of-the-art building that houses such a wide range of key services under one roof. It's going to be a real asset for the local community, including the young people who will benefit from the new education facilities and extended library services. "
The £8 million facility houses the new Childwall Library, learning facilities for Childwall Sport and Science College, and a Neighbourhood Health Centre. The health centre is part of Liverpool Primary Care Trust's wider vision for 'A New Health Service for Liverpool', which has seen millions of pounds invested into new health facilities across the city. Childwall is the tenth purpose-built health centre to open in recent years, with a further two currently under construction in Anfield.
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT said: "This is an extremely exciting and innovative scheme, which will drive health and wellbeing improvement in Childwall and the surrounding communities. It is an example of true partnership working between the PCT, Liverpool City Council, Childwall Sports and Science College and our developer, Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships.
"The scheme underpins our on-going commitment to providing better healthcare services across the city and reducing health inequalities."
Childwall Library is one of the busiest community libraries in the city, but had outgrown its previous accommodation. The tired 1960s building has been rebuilt in the style of a modern book store. It stocks 30,000 titles, DVDs and magazines, and includes the latest technology such as free Wi-Fi, an e-book download facility plus public computers with free broadband internet and access to community rooms.
Councillor Wendy Simon, Cabinet member for leisure, said: "This is a fantastic new facility which combines two essential public services for the local community.
"It places learning and health at the heart of life in Childwall, and I know it is going to prove extremely popular with residents of all ages."
The new facility provides Childwall Sport and Science College with three modern learning spaces and two offices for use by sixth form students and staff, making up a modern education centre with access to the new library facilities. It will also support the school's strong focus on health and wellbeing, as well as opening up educational opportunities for students and health professionals.
Dewi Phillips, Headteacher of Childwall Sport and Science College said: "Our 300+ post-16 students are delighted to be working alongside professionals from the health and library service. The facilities are exceptional and are an integral part of our mission to provide 'lifelong learning'."
In addition to traditional GP provision, the Neighbourhood Health Centre will offer services including sexual health clinics, blood tests, and minor surgical procedures. Patients will also be able to benefit from longer opening hours, including evening and weekends.
The Fiveways Centre was developed by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships on behalf of Liverpool Primary Care Trust PCT, Liverpool City Council and Childwall Sport and Science College. Building work began in summer 2010.
For further information please contact Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships LIFTCo