Stream 2 of the project was to build a Sensory Garden at the Shine Centre. This project was funded by the Staff of Bank of New York/Mellon and funded corporately through the BNY/Mellon Matching programme.
The project had the key support of Eoin Motherway of BNY Mellon and their Charity Committee who worked tirelessly to secure the required funding and volunteer hours to complete the project. The Sensory Garden was conceived and designed by Dominic Cullinane with guidance from the Shine Centre to incorporate all of the beneficial elements for children with autism.
The garden focused on touch, taste, smell and sound with the use of flowers, fruits and plants and a water feature. Issues like balance and fine and gross motor skills were also catered for in the design with a two tier garden area, a footbridge and a soft play area.
Volunteers from BNY/Mellon, IBM, Smarter Dynamics did a lot of the heavy lifting in preparing the site and the project was completed in September 2012. The Sensory Garden is now a hugely valuable resource for the children and adults who attend the Centre and offers a wonderful space to learn and develop some important skills but most importantly it’s a fun place to go and play.
The Opening of the BNY Mellon Sensory Garden at the Shine Centre
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