On the 30th of May 2018 we had the official launch of the Assessment and Day Treatment centre’s Therapeutic Garden. We were delighted to have the Lord Mayor Tony FitzGerald and Lady Mayoress Georgina FitzGerald as our honorary guests and we were joined by over 40 friends and guests who partook in the celebration.
In 2016 we were successful with our DCYA capital grant application to the Youth Capital Funding Scheme, the development of the therapeutic garden commenced in late 2016 & has evolved over the last 18months & has enhanced our therapeutic space within the Trabeg Centre immensely.
Edel Foley, Clinical Manager acknowledged the generosity of many people that helped make the garden vision a reality. She gave special thanks to Ruth Griffin and Mick Finn from the Cork ETB who supported the Assessment and Day Treatment Centre to secure the initial funding. She also thanked Margaret and Paddy Griffin from Griffins Garden Centre; Tina Dunlea who donated the beautiful water feature; Susan Collins from Ashgrove Recycling; Keith O’ Brólachàin and John Keogh from Walterstown National School; Kinsale Co-Op; Pat Mc Donnell Paints; Pat Quill of PMRA Contruction Ltd; Michael Devine from Dwyer’s Electric; Sandro Deriu and the wonderful exterior designer Gill Carmody for all their support.
Edel described the importance of the garden and explained how the therapeutic space will be utilised. She described how the painting of the lighthouse symbolizes the wonderful staff team that on a daily basis are the beacon of hope for so many young people and families. The inspirational quotes on the blackboards are a very special touch within the garden; the mosaic of the mirror symbolizes how often we feel broken when we are going through a difficult time but when we have people who care and can surround us with a therapeutic scaffolding then our spark is generally re-lit to allow us to move forward and be able to see our true reflection in the full mirror in the garden which highlights peoples strength, courage, ability and talents.
Special thanks was given to the wonderful staff of Trabeg including Patrick, Pat, Julie, Sharon, Bernadette, Ciara and Suzanne.
Following on from the speeches the Lady Mayoress did the honors of cutting the ribbon and officially opening the Assessment and Day Treatment Centre’s Therapeutic Garden. A wonderful celebration was had by all on the beautiful sunny day. It truly was a glorious and very special occasion.