Crown Paints and MITIE join forces to support The Sanctuary
After three years in development, donations of skills and materials – as well as the creation of a bespoke colour scheme – a mental health charity has launched a new facility, which was officially opened by Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine.
Crown Paints and MITIE joined forces to transform rooms at The Sanctuary, an overnight centre offering mental health provision, run by charity Self Help Services in Manchester.
The project comprises a calming room, meeting room and office. It is based at the Kath Locke Big Life Centre in Moss Lane, part of The Big Life Group (BLG), which produces The Big Issue in the North.
The charity’s connection with The Big Life Group brought their pilot scheme to the attention of BLG trustee, Paul Ferry, who works as Corporate Development Director at MITIE. Crown Paints and MITIE donated skills, expertise and products to deliver a paint scheme offering durability and longevity, whilst creating a soothing and welcoming atmosphere.
Jennie McAlpine, known to millions of viewers as Coronation Street’s Fiz, is a well-known supporter of mental health charities in the Manchester area along with her father who recently received an OBE for his work in mental health.
When opening The Sanctuary, she said: “It’s nice to see Crown Paints and MITIE support The Sanctuary.
“I think they’ve done an excellent job and been very supportive.”
Nicky Lidbetter is the Chief Executive of Self Help Services and has been at the forefront of The Sanctuary project, which is thought to be the first provision of dedicated overnight mental health care in Manchester.
She said: “The mix of colours is very important to create a quiet and calm environment.
“The fact that Crown Paints and MITIE have recognised the value of The Sanctuary is very forward-thinking of them.”
Shirley Entwistle is Business Development Manager at MITIE’s Preston office. She said: “This is such a worthy cause that we were immediately keen to liaise with Self Help Services and our preferred supplier Crown Paints to provide a bespoke colour scheme with staying power.
“Our Contracts Manager, Philip Copeland, organised the three-day programme of works, which was carried out by paint operatives Kevin Keogh and Steve Perkin.”
The paint scheme was created by Crown Paints’ Colour Service expert Kathryn Lloyd, who chose shades of pale grey and tropical blues with a flash of warm orange, using Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt range and interior acrylic gloss throughout.
Kathryn said: “Blue can create a calming, tranquil environment and provided the main colour focus for this project, to help create a serene space.”