Historic community library to offer drug and alcohol recovery service

A Grade II-listed library in Newcastle will soon be offering more than books once work to transform the building into a community hub is complete.

Libraries often serve the community beyond the lending of books, but the redevelopment of Fenham library in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which opened in 1938, is said to offer something unique.

Along with the provision of a new FoodWorks café, the redevelopment will create a drug and alcohol wellbeing and recovery hub. The development is funded with the help of a £338,000 grant from Public Health England.

“I welcome the development of the historic Fenham Library as a new multi-purpose hub in the heart of the community,” said Councillor Kim McGuiness, cabinet member for culture, sport and public health.

“The drug and alcohol recovery hub will help residents to continue their recovery journey and will provide them a space and support to interact with their families as well as improving their general health and wellbeing.

“This innovative approach to providing community centred support services will help us to engage with a broader range of residents.

“Drug and alcohol dependence can affect people of all ages and unique ideas like the gym, exercise facilities and brand-new café will be an attraction for young adults who may not have worked with recovery services previously.

“It is extremely pleasing that this development will allow the library remain open and continue to play a key role in the local community.”

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Photo courtesy of Newcastle City Council

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