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Local landscape inspires mental health mural

1 June 2021

Residents at a supported housing service in Hythe have created a colourful mural inspired by the local scenery.

Resident Bev painting the new mural at Dolphin LodgeResident Bev painting the new mural at Dolphin Lodge.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Dolphin Lodge provides accommodation and support for adults with a range of mental health needs and is surrounded by beautiful scenery, from the beach at the front door, to canal-side and woodland walks at the rear.

The residents were given the opportunity to brighten up their entrance hallway and unanimously agreed that they wanted the artwork to reflect their local landscape. Staff collected resident suggestions and drawings, and these were combined into a final design by Project Worker, Jim Lockey, who is also a contemporary artist and has previously worked on murals for local schools and bars.

The idea came about due to the hallway previously being dark and cluttered, and so everyone was keen to create an entrance way that the residents and staff could be proud of and which would help to create a more homely atmosphere.

Our residents are rightly very proud of their handiwork, which greets everyone as they come into the building

Kim Murphy, Local Service Manager

The new mural features block colours and simplified images, which enabled all residents to get involved regardless of their artistic skills.

Newly painted mural at Dolphin Lodge

The project has not only refreshed the building, it also encouraged everyone to develop and improve other key life skills, including working with others and mindfulness.

One of the residents, Glenn, said: “It’s fun actually – painting is relaxing.”

Project Worker, Jim, said: “This wall reflects our residents and our service. It doesn’t look or feel like anything I’ve done before, or what I would have expected, and it goes to show what can be achieved when we push outside our comfort zones.”

Local Service Manager, Kim Murphy, added: “Our residents are rightly very proud of their handiwork, which greets everyone as they come into the building. We think it reflects the positive, community-centred culture we’ve created here at Dolphin Lodge.”

To find out more about how Sanctuary Supported Living staff support people with mental health needs, see our mental health page or read our resident stories.

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