A wooden shed where people can get support with their emotional wellbeing is to officially open in South Liverpool this week.
Health and social care charity Person Shaped Support (PSS) has built the ‘Dutch Barn’ at its urban farm in Garston.
Billed as a “modern day haven”, the stylish shed aims to harness the “therapeutic power of the natural environment to give users that feel-good factor”.
One of the specific target groups for the barn is men aged between 45 and 60 who may be experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression – but anyone who wants to look after their mental health and wellbeing is free to use it.
Funded through the Liverpool City Region Improved Better Care Fund, the Dutch Barn will be put to a variety of other uses including helping to keep the community active, bird watching and bee keeping.
Nicky McGovern, who is service manager for PSS’s wellbeing centres, says: “Spending time in nature can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and help you feel more relaxed.
“It’s a place where everyone’s welcome; space for people to meet and interact with others, develop friendships, feel less lonely and have a bit of fun.”
Liverpool’s new Dutch Barn at Dutch Farm on Highbank Drive will be officially opened on 23 August at 1pm.