The former children's home which inspired Beatles song Strawberry Fields Forever has undergone a major redevelopment.
The Salvation Army, who own the Strawberry Field site, has transformed the previously unused space into a new centre for young people with learning disabilities. The site also includes a new authentic exhibition and a haven for spiritual exploration.
Students at the hub can train in vocational areas such as catering, retail, visitor experience, and horticulture.
Importantly, they will receive opportunities for work placements to build skills and confidence that will lead to meaningful volunteering and sustainable employment opportunities.
Paul Playford of Allchurches Trust said: “We are so proud to have supported The Salvation Army with this inspiring project. We believe that the Strawberry Field renovation will have a significant impact on transforming the lives of young people in an area where this additional support is so badly needed.”
Allchurches Trust have given The Salvation Army £115,000 towards its redevelopment.
The Strawberry Field site previously had around 60,000 visitors a year who come to the site to take photographs in front of its famous red gates. Now that the centre is open, visitors can come in and grab a coffee, learn more about the site and interact with the young people who help run it.