Lives brightened up by colour project at Milford Care Centre

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

MILFORD Care Centre are tickled pink at the success of their involvement in Dulux’s ‘Let’s Colour Project’.

MILFORD Care Centre are tickled pink at the success of their involvement in Dulux’s ‘Let’s Colour Project’.

The project called upon Irish communities to take up their paint brushes to give the mood of the nation a boost by helping transform dull grey spaces into colourful happy places.

And this is exactly what Milford Care Centre has done.

Zoe Stiles, horticulturist at the centre, said they have used the paint for an uplifting mural in their therapeutic garden.

“From the beginning, we felt very strongly that this garden should be a community space, a peaceful green haven for our clients and their families to experience some small amount of respite.

“It was also envisaged that it would be a social and recreational space for everyone, and where the therapeutic horticulture service could work from,” said Ms Stiles.

The Dulux project provides the opportunity for each individual to make their own mark on the garden.

“The first step in this journey saw the centre’s horticultural and art departments, with the support of local volunteer artist Catherine Conneely, develop the concept and design a mosaic.

“And over time the mosaic, piece by piece, could be made by those using the centre. This provided them with the opportunity in a very physical way to leave their mark,” said Ms Stiles.

Before they could consider building the mosaic they first had to bring the design to life by painting the design as a mural. Then complete the mosaic over a period of years.

The Let’s Colour Project will enable Milford Care Centre to bring their plans to life by allowing the design on paper to become a reality.

“We are all really looking forward to working with our clients on this wonderful uplifting mural and mosaic,” said Ms Stiles.

The other projects in Limerick are the Doon Community Centre; a handball alley in Athea; the Curraghchase Scout Centre and Castletown Community Centre.

Ann Marie O’Riordan, of Dulux, said they are thrilled about the amount of energy people are injecting into their local areas.

“We’ve tried to help as many communities as we can and hope we have put a smile on lots of people’s faces with their new bright colours.

“They will impact on those using these spaces making them brighter and more positive places to be.

“Although the project is now closed for 2011, this is a three-year commitment and we will be reopening for applications in April 2012,” said Ms O’Riordan.