Students from St Aldhelm’s Academy have unveiled artwork they created to decorate the outside of Trinidad Village, a new extra care scheme which is currently under development on Rossmore Road in Poole.
PHP, which is developing the 54-unit scheme with Borough of Poole, approached St Aldhelm’s Academy with the creative challenge last year. The aim was to brighten up the site surround and provide a colourful street scene while the construction work is underway.
A total of eight students spent their school enrichment sessions liaising with the PHP about the sort of images they would like to see decorate the hoardings and creating the artwork. They decided on the theme of ‘changing seasons.’
Joe Logan, chief executive of PHP, said: “We’ve really enjoyed working with St Aldhelm’s Academy and love what the children have produced. The enthusiasm and creativity they have brought to the project has been nothing short of inspiring. We hope residents and the local community will enjoy seeing their hard work on display.”
Year 9 student Mya Black was involved in the project from start to finish. Maya said: “It was a great project to be a part of because not only was it fun, but we knew we were doing something good for the community. We wanted to make people happy with our pictures and I think we’ve done that. They look really good and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”
Teacher Mel Jones said: “I was very proud of how hard they worked on the project, from developing the ideas to the finished artwork. I was also incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves on the visit to see the artwork and how confident they were in talking to the chief executive of the PHP and articulating their views.”
Trinidad Village recently marked reaching the highest point in its development with a topping out ceremony attended by staff from PHP, Borough of Poole and Drew Smith Group. When finished, the extra care scheme will offer enhanced support and facilities to help older people and adults with disabilities live independently in their own homes. Residents will benefit from a designated team of care workers, available 24 hours a day, when the building opens at the end of 2016.
The development will include a central courtyard for residents to enjoy, as well as a restaurant and hairdressers that both residents and the local community will be able to make use of.