26/03/2020 - Published by

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre designated as NHS Care Centre for the duration of the Covid-19 incident

The Peace Centre is operating as an NHS Care Centre to support the employees of the Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  The centre is providing childcare and young people’s care provision available to all NHS hospitals employees.  The Centre is operating its residential wing to provide NHS key workers with accommodation and is supporting both initiatives with full catering. 

The Peace Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary this year having opened in the millennium year 2000, in memory of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball who lost their lives in a terrorist attack 27-years-ago.   

In ‘normal’ times the Peace Centre operates as a home for the work of three charities, and as an award-winning venue for conferences, meeting rooms and group residential stays.  It is the location for the NSPCC service centre, the Peace Foundation’s headquarters and the base for the foundation’s regional and national services and programmes and is home to the Warrington Youth Club.

You can read more about the Peace Centre – https://www.thepeacecentre.org.uk/

The Peace Centre is closed to the public and all existing teams are observing lockdown and are off site.  The Centre is being used to support the NHS incident response to Covid-19, to help local hospitals, their employees and families.

The Centre is observing strict policies and practice relating to isolation and social distancing.  It has enhanced security and access control, and all employees are following advanced infection control protocols and are designated key workers during the incident.  Children and adults using the Centre are following strict regimes relating to hygiene and safeguarding.

The service is a partnership between the Peace Foundation and the Warrington Youth Club, supported by the centre co-owner, the NSPCC; commissioned and funded by the Warrington and Halton NHS Trust as part of the national incident response.

The Peace Centre is providing:

  • Overnight accommodation including continental breakfast to key worker employees of the Trust.
  • Facilities for the childcare arrangements
  • Food -Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Meal considering any special dietary requirements for the childcare.

The Warrington Youth Club is providing the childcare and activities for early years children, primary aged children and senior aged young people.

The service is provided by the Warrington and Halton NHS Hospital Trust and available to all their employees at no charge.  Requests for access to Peace Centre accommodation and childcare services is being managed by the Trust.  Please email whh.covid19staffsupport@nhs.net and a member of the team will contact you.


The site is a designated care centre and observing strict protocols and procedures and we cannot accept any requests from the media, or any other party, for visits, photography, filming on or near the site.

We remain open as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the provisions in the new emergency powers Act.  The Peace Foundation and Warrington Youth Club are in contract with the hospitals trust.  Peace Centre key workers will wear lanyards, carry photo ID and hold a letter of authorisation[NT1] when travelling to and from work.

Find more about Warrington Youth Club’s work to support young people’s development, offering opportunities to gain, increase and develop skills, knowledge, self-awareness and confidence, and enabling them to make positive and healthy life choices through our wide range of programmes aimed at different age groups. www.warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

You can find out more about the Peace Foundation’s work in the prevention, resolution and response to violent conflict at www.peace-foundation.org.uk


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the charity that works nationally and internationally to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution.

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Warrington Youth Club an Onside Youth Zone – inspiring young people to achieve