Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham visits LHT's healthy living centre
Published by RichardBramwell for Symphony Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Health
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham at LHT's May Logan Healthy Living Centre in Bootle
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has paid a visit to a Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) centre that is boosting the health and wellbeing of thousands of people.
The MP was given a guided tour of the May Logan Healthy Living Centre, in Bootle, which aims to improve the wellbeing, health and quality of life of local families.
Every year around 50,000 people use the centre’s services which include family planning, smoking cessation and Alder Hey clinics, plus a cafe and IT suite.
The visit, on Friday, December 13 came about after Donna Kelly, housing and support director at Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT), attended a conference where Mr Burnham spoke about his vision for the NHS.
Donna said: “A lot of what Andy said about bringing health and social care together in an integrated way resonated with me as that is our ambition at the May Logan Centre.
“I decided to invite Andy to the May Logan Centre so that he could see for himself the good work we do. I’m delighted that he’s been able to visit us and speak to people who use the services. We’ve had the chance to showcase the excellent work that goes on here.”
During his visit, Mr Burnham watched a brief presentation about the May Logan Centre, took a guided tour of the building, spoke to staff and met local people taking part in an art therapy group, an exercise session for older people and parent toddler cookery course.
Mr Burnham said: “The May Logan Centre is a good example of the great work that can take place when health and social care come together under one roof. It’s clear from speaking to the dedicated staff and the people who use the centre that it’s a lifeline.
“I was told that the May Logan Centre was the embodiment of my whole policy and now that I have seen the centre for myself I’m assured of that.”
The May Logan Centre, which is a partnership between LHT and the NHS, tackles poor health in the borough by offering a range of courses and services – from a community garden to ante natal clinics – in the heart of the community.