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Public vote for new-look day centre’s multi-coloured mural

A day centre for people with learning disabilities is undergoing a major improvement project, which will see care facilities upgraded – and see arts collective Wood Street Walls create a mural around the outside of the building.



Residents and service users are being asked to choose between two designs for the multi-coloured mural on the Markhouse Road Day Centre, and the most popular choice will be painted on to the building by the Wood Street Walls founding artists Static.



Design ideas for the mural came out of workshops with service users, carers and staff, along with the local community. See the two designs for yourself and cast your vote by visiting www.markhousemurals.co.uk. Alternatively you can tweet using the hashtag #markhousemurals voting with the letter ‘A’ or ‘B’.



The Council-funded upgrade of the day centre site will also feature some sound reduction work to make the environment better for people with autism. Ceilings are being replaced on the ground floor, rooms will be redecorated and the lighting improved – all helping to create a much more welcoming environment for service users.



The project will also see new personal care spaces established and modern equipment and furniture installed.



Cllr Angie Bean, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “The Markhouse Road Day Centre is a much-valued facility and these improvements will enable staff to deliver a higher quality service to adults with learning disabilities, many of whom have complex needs.



“Having a wonderful local organisation like Wood Street Walls play a part really is the icing on the cake, and I look forward to seeing the winning design brought to life.”



While the improvement work is being carried out, the service offered at Markhouse Road has continued. No closures to accommodate the work have been required and any significant refurbishments have taken place over weekends to avoid any disruption for service users.



Walthamstow resident Tom Jackson, co-founder of Wood Street Walls and one half of artistic duo Static – who will be completing the work – said: “Wood Street Walls are delighted to be selected by Waltham Forest Council to help brighten up the Markhouse Road Day Centre, with the public deciding the final design as they did with our recent Pick Your Pattern Project.



“Our in-person consultation in September led to some great discussions on the public perception of the building, so we hope the artwork will help further increase the awareness of the work and services the Day Centre provides to the local community.”



The Council expects all of the work to be completed early next year.



For more information about adult social care in Waltham Forest visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/careandsupport

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