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Wexford Resource Centre Open Sensory Garden


If ever a project captured the vision of an organisation, surely it has to be the official opening   on the 25th June of RehabCare’s person-centred sensory garden at the Wexford Resource Centre. “I never thought that the day I enrolled for our cooking programme ‘Cook it, Eat it’ that we would ever see a day when we could grow our own produce in such a beautiful and peaceful setting at this” said RehabCare service user Sam Devlin. “I am very proud of what we have achieved. The garden is our place to go and relax and we have all learned new skills in how to grow our own vegetables.”            

In line with Rehab’s vision to invest in people and to change perspectives, offering opportunities for people accessing its health and social care services in Wexford, what has emerged from a barren and pretty neglected space is a world of colour and beauty incorporating a range of flora including fruit, vegetables, trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs and a beautiful centre piece water fountain. 

“It is entirely appropriate,” said RehabCare’s new Community Services Manager for Wexford, Sarah Kennedy, “that an organisation that is centrally involved in seeing the potential and ability in people and nurturing and facilitating that ability, is involved in a project such as this. The space that has been created here builds on the opportunities that people who use the service had to be involved in a cooking programme.  We had a need to be able to grow our own produce while  at the same time creating a beautiful and peaceful space that would be of benefit to everyone that attends this service.”

RehabCare’s Regional Manager for the South East, Pat McPhillips, thanked the Friends of Rehab group, which have affectionately become known as the ‘Ladies who Lunch’. “I want to especially thank Alice Mernagh, Louise Butler, Thersa Harper, Phil Cremin  and Veronica Harper who put such tremendous effort into raising the funds for this project and for taking such an active interest in the project in what has been a difficult time for charities everywhere. It is only a couple of years since the very same committee, ably supported by Hugh Maddock, raised over € 50,000 to replace our old  bus and we recognise and really appreciate the contribution you have made to those with disabilities in Wexford”, he concluded.

Speaking as she cut the ribbon to officially open the new sensory garden, chairperson of the ‘Ladies who Lunch’ committee, Alice Mernagh said, “Being involved with the people in RehabCare’s service in Whitemills has enriched all our lives”.

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