Old school hall transformed on Wirral

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Tomorrow's Women Wirral undergo refurbishing the old hall.

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral undergo refurbishing the old hall © Angela Murphy

A disused school hall in Birkenhead is being transformed by a women’s charity.

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) is converting St Laurence’s Primary School’s old unused hall into ‘Inspiration Hall’, a community space for businesses and the public run by the charity.

The Lottery funded charity works within Wirral community and intends to install a kitchen for use in the hall as well as toilet and conference facilities, using a grant worth £10,000 received from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund.

Angela Murphy, Executive Director of the TWW, explained why the move is a great acquisition for the charity, but there is still a lot of work to be done to get the hall in a useable condition.

She told JMU Journalism: “This space is in poor order and is in need of refurbishment. However, when complete, the hall can provide much needed additional space for the TWW timetable and bring some income into our charity by providing an alternative community based center for conferences, training and fundraising events for Wirral agencies and partners.”

The hall is completely refurbished using unwanted items and Murphy is hoping the charity can set an example for others to follow.

She continued: “Inspiration Hall is to be an exemplar beacon of environmental excellence; a show of how a charity can be green on a limited budget. The refurbishment is to be completed through recycling and reuse.

“We are installing recycled kitchen items, toilet, paint, furniture and furnishings and the labour is mostly carried out by utilising the Criminal Justice Community Payback Team, TWW women and also by ‘in kind’ services.”

The TWW has a five-year lease on the old school hall, which was previously used as a chapel when St Laurence’s Church was demolished.

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