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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Young artists from Barrow infants school decorate construction site

BARROW younsters brandished paintbrushes in a bid to bring a story to life on a building site.

Children from Greengate Infant School in Barrow made the short journey next door to the site where construction of Barrow’s new care home is under way.

The children were invited to paint a section of the hoarding surrounding the site and decided to base it on a sea theme, having recently read The Snail and the Whale, the tale of a tiny mollusc which hitches a ride on the back of a humpback whale.

Abigail Webb, Year 2 teacher, said her class had been keeping an eye on the weather during the days before, to make sure the rain didn’t spoil their fun.

“They were gutted when they came in this morning and it was raining. They thought they wouldn’t be able to paint, but thankfully it cleared up,” Miss Webb said yesterday.

Six-year-old Ruby Lydon said: “It was good fun painting outside and painting such a huge picture with the brushes and rollers was exciting.”

Since construction of the £7m 60-bed care home began back in September, staff and pupils at the school have forged close links with developers GB Building Solutions.

Headteacher Caroline Hoggarth said: “It has been wonderful that we’ve had such a great opportunity to work closely with GB.

“They’ve supported our fundraising projects, as well as taking part in our boot camp fitness sessions, and the children have really enjoyed seeing what’s going on.”

Councillor Beth Furneaux, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, said: "It's great to get the local community involved in the care home project and for the local schoolchildren to use their creative skills on such a big blank canvas.

"This is an exciting project for the school to be involved in and I'm sure the children will love seeing their work on display for the whole community."

"Furness will feel the benefits of this care home for many years to come. The home will meet the gold standard for dementia care and is central to how we will deliver services in Barrow in the future."

The care home, funded by Cumbria County Council, is set to be completed by the end of 2014 and aims to be a flagship centre for dementia care.

GB site manager Allan Robertson liaised with Mrs Hoggarth to invite the children onto site to paint the hoarding.

“Community involvement is an integral part of any building project, and perhaps even more so here because we have worked so closely with the school given their proximity to the site,” Mr Robertson, from Barrow, said.

“It’s great that we can involve the youngsters in what we’re doing, to give them the chance to find out more about potential careers and to see how the care home is progressing.”

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