On 1st July 2013 I went to the official opening of Holman House, a Mayday Trust accommodation in Bedford. The building was named after Chris Holman who has been a trustee for Mayday for over 10 ½ years. Holman House is a new and improved accommodation that houses up to 19 people. A tree was planted to mark the opening day.
Chris Holman told everyone how he felt proud and honoured to have building named after him. He explained how he is confident that the recent changes to Mayday will enable Mayday to empower and encourage clients to use their strengths and abilities to find hidden talents and widen their horizons for a new and satisfying future. Chris Holman stated that since 2003 Mayday has changed beyond all recognition and this would not have been successful without staff and clients willingness to accept change.
On the day I had the opportunity to speak to some of the people involved with the scheme including a worker from Impart Links. Ken told me how this was a really big project and an absolute joy to work on. The building was previously a school and lots of stuff was left behind so first things first they had to clear it out and then the knocking down of walls started. After the layout of the building was as it should be Mayday Trust sent in interior designers to set out the layout of the rooms. At the opening day CEO Pat McArdle and some residents were presented with a book that Impart Links had put together to show their journey on the project.
I also had the chance to speak to one of the residents about the new building. Cece is 28 and at the time of the opening she had only been living with Mayday Trust for 3 weeks. She explained that she thought that the building was really cool and her room is on the top floor with an en suite which she really likes too.
The residents worked on the garden, planting flowers and vegetables and putting together garden furniture they all said they were very proud of the work they had done.
Written By Fiona McCance