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All rosy in the garden, thanks to Big Lottery grant!

Posted 03:14PM on Thursday 16 October 2014

Our numbers have come up in style in the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme – in the shape of a £10,000 award to fund a sensory garden at our Wheatfield Short Break Service in Belfast.

Sensory gardens are designed to bring sounds, visual effects and textures into the lives of people with profound difficulties in communication. The north Belfast project will contain brightly coloured flowers, textured plants, a water feature and a totem pole. We already have two other sensory gardens which have proven a great success, at our Windermere service in Lisburn and at Willowbridge School in Fermanagh.

The Short Break Service can accommodate up to five people with a learning disability. It is purpose–built and more than doubles our previous capacity to offer respite support in the area.

Our Chief Executive, Agnes Lunny, said: “We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for this grant, which will help us further improve lives in the community. It adds a valuable new dimension to our Wheatfield service, which was already a state–of–the–art facility. We thank the Fund for its continued commitment to the work we do.”