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Article date - 19 April 2017
The Lord-Lieutenant and her husband, Mr Ronald Muirhead, were joined by trustees and Millennium Centre executive chairman Tony Richards for a tour of the services.
This included a visit to the NHS Clinic Suite, Citizens Advice and Housing Options, as well as information on the other services the facility provides and plans for the future.
Dame Lorna (pictured, centre) said: “We so enjoyed our visit to the Millennium Centre. It was one of the best mornings we have had. What a wonderful resource the centre is to the people of St Helens in terms of its location right in the town and the facilities it offers.”
Among the services is the council’s Rehabilitation Service and Resource Centre for Visually Impaired People, which provides a range of support that helps individuals and carers cope with the practical and emotional impact resulting from sight loss.
Practical support is targeted at safely maximising people’s mobility inside and away from the home, maintaining independent living skills and enabling people to effectively use their remaining sight with specialist aids and equipment.
Team manager Mark Burgess said: “I’m pleased that Dame Lorna had the opportunity to visit our resource centre and see first-hand the valuable support services we provide. Her visit coincided with our Living with Sight Loss course, which helps local people who have recently experienced the debilitating effects of sight loss to live well.”
Executive chairman Tony Richards added: “I am really pleased with the comments that Dame Lorna has given today. I am very happy that she has realised how unique our service is and that it’s got the recognition it deserves.”
Photo shows (left-right) Tony Richards, Executive Chairman Millennium Centre; Mr Ronald Muirhead; Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside; Mark Burgess, Team Manager Visual Impairment Service; Michelle Atherton Administration Officer; Anne Taggart Rehabilitation Officer (front) and Morris the guide dog.