€ 1M in funding allocated to 65 sensory garden projects for people with disabilities

Funding of € 1 million has been set aside to develop 65 sensory gardens for people with disabilities across Ireland.

The plants and materials chosen for the sensory gardens stimulate the senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing, and while popular with the wider community, they are particularly beneficial. for people with disabilities.

A call for applications was launched in October, with grants ranging from € 1,500 to over € 80,000.

The news was announced today by the Minister of State for Persons with Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte, who said she was “delighted” to announce the successful candidates.

She said: “One of the great advantages for me as Minister of Disabilities has been to see first-hand the positive impact of initiatives like this, where you can experience textures, smells and textures. sounds of gardens that greatly improve an entire community.

“During some of my visits to disability services, I have seen some very good examples of sensory gardens and this funding can help increase the number of such projects across the country.”

The highest one-time funding amounts of € 84,292, € 65,000 and € 61,000 respectively were allocated to Killarney Residential Respite in Kerry, Ballina Sensory Park in Mayo and Fairview Campus at Gheel Autism Services in Dublin.

Minister Rabbitte continued, “I am very happy to see that some of the attached initiatives will include people with disabilities involved in the design and construction of their sensory garden, bringing to life the horticultural skills they have developed in the services of day and residential. ”

The minister hopes to launch a second round of nominations in 2022.