A charity that supports men in Sefton with mental health problems has expanded its services after moving into a new office.
The Champion has previously reported how Sean's Place was set-up by the family of Sean Maloney, from Bootle, who took his own life at the age of 34 in 2019.
Although he was known fondly as ‘Mr Bean’ for the way he made children laugh, his family say he struggled with his confidence and self-esteem and became socially isolated, which contributed to his mental health becoming increasingly worse.
The founder of Sean’s Place is his sister, Debbie Rogers, who told the Champion that the charity has been busy during lockdown and is currently supporting 75 local men each week.
The charity now has a new base in Bootle after taking over a former betting shop near the Strand Shopping Centre.
Debbie told the Champion that a betting shop is a perfect place for them to take over, because Sean had a gambling addiction.
Shee said: “This is a huge moment for us and we can’t wait to share it with the world.
“This venue is right in the heart of the high street making accessing mental health support as normal and as accessible as going to the shops.
“Previously a betting shop, this also brings personal reasons for this venue being so special as Sean had a gambling addiction that contributed to his worsening mental health.
“To turn something that brought such negativity to my brother’s life into something so positive in his name is overwhelming but so needed. Sean always wanted to help others and now he is in so many ways
“We can’t wait to fill this place with people, music, hope and memories. Thanks for all the continued support from those around us.”