Crown Paints and MITIE help create haven at Sanctuary

Two Lancashire firms have combined their expertise in support of a new mental health service in Manchester.

[caption id="attachment_30808" align="f-align-medium-right f-align-center" width="300"]Brian Lathan of Crown Paints,  Nicky Lidbetter of Self Help Services, Greater Manchester Police Assistant  Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, Shirley Entwistle of MITIE and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Jim Battle Brian Lathan of Crown Paints, Nicky Lidbetter of Self Help Services, Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, Shirley Entwistle of MITIE and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Jim Battle[/caption]

Crown Paints, based in Darwen, and the Preston office of services contractor MITIE, joined forces to help create a safe haven at new overnight facility, The Sanctuary, launched by Manchester-based charity Self Help Services.

The Sanctuary is said to be the first service in the city offering overnight care for people with mental health problems.

The centre includes a meeting room and office, while the calming room provides a home-from-home environment for the people using it, who are likely to have suffered panic attacks, anxiety, depression or feelings of suicide.

MITIE donated expert painters to turn the vision into reality, while Crown Paints donated high technology paints and colour expertise to the project, with their colour service expert Kathryn Lloyd devising a specific palette providing a serene atmosphere throughout.

Nicky Lidbetter is chief executive of Self Help Services, part of The Big Life Group which produces Big Issue in the North.

She said: “The fact that Crown Paints and MITIE have recognised the value of The Sanctuary is very forward-thinking of them. They have adapted what they do to provide the best job for our service and that has been heart-warming. “The mix of colours is very important to create a quiet and calm environment. The colours look really good and to see all this coming to life has been amazing.”