You may not know it, but the team at O’Brien’s is very active in charity circles. We provide financial support to several well-known charitable and community-based organisations and wherever possible, we also lend our skills, knowledge and hard-working ethic to those that need it most.
This year we got word of a new daycare facility being set up in by Saint John of God Community Services in Crumlin, which had an overgrown garden and no way to get it under control, let alone make it useable. Following an initial meeting, we learned about the facilities being planned, which included the provision of individualised, adaptable, community-centred facilities for adults with disabilities. We also got to see the overgrown and inhospitable garden space adjoining the centre. Not daunted by the challenge, we quickly assembled a design and build team and offered to go way beyond just clearing the garden. “Gardens can provide therapeutic benefits, opportunities for physical exercises, social engagement, sensory stimulation and a wonderful sense of connectedness and meaning. When we learned of the centre’s plan, we felt compelled to do everything we could to provide a great garden space for residents and staff,” commented, Peter O’Toole, Director at O’Brien’s.
With no time to waste, the team put together a design proposal and got into action stripping out the overgrown plants and waste material; which was no mean feat as the site had very limited access. The design scheme included a social space, raised planting beds, resin bound surfaces, storage facilities, a polytunnel, a small picnic area, pergola and a selection of trees and shrubs. While it represented a big commitment from the company, the entire team felt it was a really worthy endeavour. “We take pride in every project and all of our clients are important to us, but I have to say this really felt special to me. There is something so wonderful about creating such spaces, knowing that you’re going to bring value and joy to people who are not as fortunate as yourself,” commented Gatis Clems, lead Project Manager.
Speaking at the Centre’s opening event, Elisa Doyle, Interim Regional Director said, “The garden is already bringing real enjoyment to the men and women we assist. I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the fantastic work and generosity you have shown.
Below is a short timelapse, which captures some of the build and selection of photos from the opening day.
It was a privilege for us to have been involved with this project. You can learn more about the wonderful work being done by The Saint God of God Foundation on their website
A few photos from the build and open-day celebrations.