A LIMERICK-based charity have launched a new art therapy studio to support people with additional needs who are experiencing homelessness.
The project, a partnership between homeless charity Novas and Cook Medical, is based on the grounds of Brother Russell House on Mulgrave Street.
The new studio was opened recently by Mayor Francis Foley, alongside CEO of Novas Una Deasy and executive vice president for EMEA and managing director of Cook Medical Europe, Bill Doherty.
According to Novas, art therapy is a very successful way of supporting residents of Brother Russell House to address trauma may have suffered.
Una Deasy, CEO of Novas, said that art is an important part of life for the residents of Brother Russell House and the new studio will be put to good use.
“We are absolutely delighted with the art studio. Art has always been important to our residents and now they have a dedicated space that is easily accessible and will really enrich their experience here,” she said.
Brother Russell House provides supported accommodation for people with intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities who are experiencing homelessness.
Bill Doherty of Cook Medical said that fundraising and and being involved in the project has given employees a chance to give back to the community in Limerick.
He said: “We’re so glad to see the results of our partnership with Novas coming to life. I would like to thank our employees and the staff at Novas for their passion and dedication in making this partnership so successful.”
“We hope the art space will be enjoyed by the residents of Brother Russell House for years to come,” he concluded.