07 December 2009,

Wolves LIFT - £100k Art Grant to Create a Palliative Care Centre Peace Oasis

Plans to create a sense of peace and tranquillity for the new Goscote Palliative Care Centre is to go ahead, with the help of to a £100,000 grant.

Residents in Walsall can help shape the scheme at the centre in Goscote.

A piece of artwork designed to be uplifting is being created for a new square at the hospice. Stained glass will also be designed, along with an outdoor sculpture trail and garden.

Four artists are to work on the project, managed by the Walsall Council and NHS Walsall.

Julian Rainsford, Director of Estates for NHS Walsall, said: "I am really pleased we have been awarded this money from Arts Council England. It will allow us to create a really special atmosphere for all patients and visitors to the new centre."

"It will allow us to create a really special atmosphere for all patients and visitors to the new centre."

Councillor Barbara McCracken, Walsall Council cabinet member for social care and inclusion, said: "Walsall Palliative Care Centre is such a brilliant project and we are really proud it's getting built.

"We want to work with NHS Walsall to make sure it becomes a building to be proud of.

"This project is public art with a purpose. It's critical we get this right."

The 12-bed Walsall Hospice, which is art of the Palliative Care Centre, is being built by Walsall and Wolverhampton LIFT project.

As part of the scheme residents who live close to the centre will be able to take part in a series of projects.

Young people will be able to take part in a local history project based in Blakenall and Leamore.

Residents of all ages will be asked their views and shape how the public art looks. Events will be staged for community groups, schools with drop in workshops staged.

Time will also be spent canvassing the views of patients, families and carers at the Little Bloxwich Hospice.

The ideas and stories gathered will then have to be approved by the project steering group.

The scheme is funded by Arts Council England and NHS Walsall.

For further infornation please contact Julian Rainsford - julian.rainsford@walsall.nhs.uk