A Paralympic swimmer has officially opened new facilities for people in Knowsley who have learning disabilities.
Daniel Pepper, 24, represented Great Britain in the London 2012 games. He was the guest of honour at a service user and staff party that took place at Willis House on Cumber Lane.
He praised 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who have invested £340k to transform the building into a welcoming and supportive community-based hub for people who have learning disabilities.
“It was an honour to be invited to the re-opening of Willis House,” said Daniel who recently won Silver in the 2013 World Championship 200m individual medley.
“It is a great building with so much going on and has so much to offer to people in the area with a learning disability. I really enjoyed meeting some of the staff and the people who will use Willis House.”
As a result of the refurbishments, Willis House is now home to the Trust’s Specialist Community Learning Disability Team and Knowsley Council’s Care Management Team.
“Local people who have learning disabilities; their families and carers now have access to lots of different kinds of support – all under one roof,” says Dr Alastair Barrowcliffe – Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Willis House.