Former St Albans library converted to adult care services hub

ST ALBANS: A new home for adult care services has been unveiled after a �1 million refurbishment project.

The former Cunningham Library in Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans, has been renamed the Cunningham Hub and replaces the Butterwick Centre which provided services for people with learning difficulties.

Staff offer advice on work experience and social skills as well as organising leisure activities which promote independence and encourage choice. Among the activities available are bowls, cooking, art, crafts and drama.

The project as a whole was undertaken by the county council but �20,000 has been put in by the St Albans Local Strategic Partnership to support the Hub’s use by the community outside hours and for IT equipment to be installed.

Among the guests at the opening ceremony was the Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Aislinn Lee, who said: “I had a truly wonderful time meeting so many of the local people who will be making use of this facility. I particularly enjoyed the story time session and have to own up to joining in.”

The building remained empty for several years after it closed as a branch library and was expected to be sold off until the county council accepted calls for it to be converted into community use.

An open day is being held from 10.30am to 3pm on Saturday, January 28.