Rural Express:Facelift for Clarendon Infirmary
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
As part of the Local Government and Community Development Month, the Clarendon Parish Council focused on the Clarendon Infirmary for its work day project this year. Fifteen officers and councillors volunteered their time to repaint a section of the facility.
Secretary Manager Rowhan Blake said that each year, for Local Government and Community Development Month, the council tries to do an outreach project. This year, members of staff decided that the Clarendon Infirmary was in need of a facelift.
The project is part of the council's overall plan to repaint the residential-care facility in bright, cheerful colours.
Blake explained that the parish council, in an effort to bring cheer to residents, had previously done estimates to repaint the entire facility. However, these plans had to be put on hold due to a lack of funds. He said, "The work day capitalised on volunteer labour from staff members to give the project a push-start."
Chairman of the council Mayor Scean Barnswell said work done on the particular ward, which was the focus of the work day exercise, brought smiles to the faces of residents and lifted their spirits. He commended the parish council's administrative staff for the work they put in.
"I am especially heartened that the staff not only painted, but took time out to interact with residents, which showed them that they are cared for, loved, and are special. The staff at the infirmary was especially happy to see that the quality of their work environment was being improved."
Community programmes coordinator at the council Ramona Lawson said: "It was an absolute pleasure to go in and lend a hand to the infirmary. I have visited a few times, so I know a few of the residents personally, and you could see the unspeakable joy on their faces as they interacted with us as we worked. They are happy for what we have done for them, and you could see that their spirits were certainly lifted just by having us there," she said.
Barnswell said the council's overall vision for the Clarendon Infirmary is to remove the "stigma of infirmaries" from the residential-care facility in addition to ensuring that routine maintenance is done and residents are properly cared for.
On the other hand, Blake lamented that the infirmary's paint project was part of a bigger plan to improve the overall appearance of the facility. He said the council was expected to source the additional funds to complete the project.