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Mayor Launches RehabCare Artists’ Exhibition

20/03/2013 Mayor Launches RehabCare Artists’ Exhibition

“Each piece of art on display tells its own story” – the words of Cllr Brendan Henaghan, Mayor of Castlebar as he opened RehabCare’s art exhibition in the Linenhall Arts Centre. The exhibition which runs for just over two weeks features a range of paintings and crafts.  The works were created by 50 artists, all of whom have an intellectual disability or mental health needs, and who access the RehabCare resource centres in Castlebar. Entry is free to the exhibition which has been co-ordinated by RehabCare staff Josephine Killalea and art tutor Emma Gallagher.

On opening the exhibition, Cllr Brendan Henaghan, Mayor of Castlebar said “It was an honour for me to open the exhibition for RehabCare as I have seen first-hand the fantastic service that they provide here in Castlebar. The range of styles is amazing and I am really impressed with the talent on display here. Art is an important form of therapy and I believe that each piece on display tells its own story.”

Aoife from Westport accesses the services provided at RehabCare in Castlebar and one of her paintings features in the exhibition. “I really like art. I’ve been doing it here for 5 years. We’ve been working on this exhibition for 6 months. I’m really happy with how my painting turned out and am excited that it will be hanging on the wall in the exhibition for everyone to see.”

According to Josephine Killalea, art teacher and programme facilitator with RehabCare, there’s a wealth of creativity and enthusiasm within the centre, which makes her work hugely enjoyable. “Art is fantastic for people’s well-being. It’s something that everyone can do. Some people like painting while others prefer working with their hands. We are very proud of the work of each of the artists as their thoughts and emotions are evident in the creativity of their work.”

In partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE), RehabCare provides a range of high-quality person-centred services in Castlebar. The resource centre on Breaffy Road includes a full-size bocce court – the only one in Co. Mayo. The centre caters for 68 people and runs many person-centered activities, including IT, arts, cookery, personal and self development, and independent living skills. In addition, a community resource centre on Spencer Street in Castlebar provides  services for 14 school-leavers with more complex needs  and assists them in accessing new activities in the local community. There is also a supported accommodation service which caters for nine people at two sites in the town. In addition, RehabCare’s outreach service which provides support to adults in their own homes continues to expand and currently provides support to 18 people.

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