A multi-faith room, called The Sanctuary, has been opened at Newton Lodge and is open to all people who use Trust services, as well as their carers, staff and visitors. The room provides a space for people to practice their chosen faith or simply relax and unwind in peace and quiet.
The planning and development of the room was largely down to people who use services, some of whom performed their own songs and poems at the opening event.
There is a unique 20kg labradorite stone displayed on a plinth in the room and the windows have been painted, giving them a ‘stain glass’ effect. There is also a growing library of spiritual and religious books, which anyone who visits the facility is free to use.
Michael Gartland, head of pastoral and spiritual care said, ‘There is a lovely, tranquil atmosphere in the room and some beautiful, therapeutic surroundings.’
The Trust’s chief executive Steven Michael, who opened the room said, ‘I’m delighted that we can now provide a place where people can practice their faith, or even just go to escape from the stresses of daily life.’