Praxis Care, leading intellectual disability charity, recently celebrated the unveiling of a brand new indoor sensory garden at the charity’s Dunboyne Day Service.
Dunboyne Day Service provides care and support for 5 service users with autism aged 18-19 and aims to enable each individual to acquire useful life skills, while staff provide person-centered support to ensure each person reaches their full potential and lead active lives in their local communities.
Over the past four weeks, the Day Service has converted a previously under used warehouse space into a relaxing and comfortable in-door garden environment, complete with astro turf floors and walls, seaside and Japanese garden themed sitting areas, as well as recliner chairs in ‘chill-out’ zones. The décor is accompanied by a host of ambient sounds further adding to the tranquil environment.
The idea for the purpose-built facility was thought up by Ken Byrne, whose son attends the Dunboyne Day Service. He comments:
“I originally had the idea for the sensory garden when my son joined the Dunboyne Day Service. I had a look at the warehouse and had an idea about creating an indoor garden, but there is a lack of funding for sensory equipment. I decided to raise some money through my martial arts centre and approached some companies for sponsorship such as Outdoor Living and Clonee Sawmills who donated all the wood for the garden.
The garden took around four weeks to build with help from volunteers and family members from the scheme.
It’s great to see the Service Users enjoying the space and knowing that they have a safe and calming environment to go to when they need to.”
The indoor sensory garden was officially opened by Karen Barrett, Person in Charge, Dunboyne Day Service and other staff members on Monday 18th December. The event was attended by Thomas Byrne TD, Meath East and Helen McEntee TD, as well as friends and family members of Dunboyne Day Service.
Karen Barrett, Person in Charge, comments:
“The Sensory Garden will be both therapeutic and educational for the young adults at Dunboyne Day Service. The sensory equipment and space offers the Service Users a relaxing environment where they can self-regulate and escape situations where they may experience feelings of agitation and anxiety.
Myself and the staff team have been overwhelmed by, and are extremely grateful, for the fantastic support from parents, the HSE and the local community since opening the service. Our service users are not only in the community, they are part of it.
Notes to Editors
- For further information contact Karen Barrett, Person in Charge, Dunboyne Day Service on 085 8075 150, or Christine Armstrong, Communications & Marketing Executive, Praxis Care on 00 44 28 90 235 555.
- Praxis Care is a leading charity providing a range of accommodation and support services for adults and children with intellectual disability, autism, and mental ill health in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and the Isle of Man.
- Companies and individuals who donated to the creation of the in-door sensory garden include: Outdoor Living; Michael Byrne; ORMAK; Trinity College; Clonee Sawmills; EMR; Katak; Golden Tiger Academy; Paula’s petals; Ed Cooney; Buzzy Bees Playschool; Global Fruits; Glenn Trout Signs; Sidewalk Catering and Rathregan Montessori.
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