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Women inspired to transform disused school hall (13 March 2015)

A huge disused school hall in the heart of Birkenhead is getting a transformation after women stepped in with paint pots and brushes.

The team from Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, a charity helping women turn their lives around, is converting the empty space at the former St Laurence’s Primary School in to ‘Inspiration Hall’ – a new venue for everything from conference and craft fairs to yoga classes.

Dozens of women, including centre staff, people on job centre/student  placements, volunteers  and women performing community pay back, are helping with the makeover using unwanted lilac paint to cover the walls of the giant 32’x52’ hall in Beckwith Street East.

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The charity is using a £10,000 grant from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund to complete the transformation of the 1970s building by installing recycled conference, kitchen and toilet facilities.

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral operations manager Karen Horner said: “The hall is connected to our own centre. It hasn’t been used for years but has so much potential as a great space for all sorts of activities and we’ve been desperate to utilise this space. It will make a great space for so many activities and will definitely have a ‘shabby chic’ feel because we’re using recycled items – or donated goods – to give it a women’s touch and create the right environment.”

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “Inspiration Hall is a great project which, for a relatively modest sum, is making the most of recycled items, reducing the need for landfill and creating a really valuable community resource at the same time.”

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Picture captions:

– Tomorrow’s Women Wirral operations manager Karen Horner, second left, with women volunteers helping paint the hall.

– The team of women volunteers helping transform the old school hall in to a community resource.

Note to editors

  1. Tomorrow’s Women Wirral’s base at St Lawrence school now houses 80 different agencies, all working to help women from a wide range of backgrounds build positive futures for themselves.
  2. The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
  3. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
  4. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

 

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