On 26th June the Blue Sky Centre, at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, was officially opened by Baroness Vivien Stern.
To create a garden for the SARC Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Project Officers Martyn Stephens and Helen Earp worked with Blue Sky Centre manager Tony Mumford, volunteers from Public Health and Warwickshire County Council Community Safety, Substance Misuse (past and present), and Sustainable Communities teams.
Support has also been received from:
Dobbies Garden Centre, Travis Perkins, Cole’s Nursery, Bernhard’s Nursery, Probation Trust (Community Payback), Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and George Eliot Hospital Trust.
Martyn Stephens, who organised the event said: “This project has taken a number months to pull together but this week sees the garden come to life. Many different partners have assisted us and we are very grateful for their time and contribution”
It is hoped that developing a colourful open space will help victims of rape and sexual assault feel as comfortable as possible while they receive care at the centre, which has been designed to make it easier for them to come forward and seek support.
A key feature of the Blue Sky Centre, typical to the SARC model, is that it is open to everyone; men and women, boys and girls. Survivors who, for whatever reason, do not want to report to police can self-refer or be referred by other agencies and receive exactly the same service depending on their needs, including a forensic medical examination.
For more information please visit the Blue Sky Centre‘s website.
Below: before and after photographs.