Jimmy records Beechway’s transformation
Jimmy the painter, Jimmy the plasterer, Jimmy the gardener… no matter what the task – Beechway House tenant Jimmy Sweeney is ready to lend a hand to the building crew at the drop of a hat – a hard hat usually. For one of the most important aspects of the job, he points out, is following essential health and safety measures.
As part of the transition from residential care to ‘supported living’, Beechway House on Dungiven Road in Derry-Londonderry is undergoing a major extension and refurbishment. But far from finding the upheaval an inconvenience, hands-on Jimmy is relishing every aspect of the building activity. So much so that he has recorded the work step by step in a fascinating scrapbook.
It’s good to feel part of this
“I love watching what the builders are doing and I really enjoy chatting to them about the different parts of the job.
“It’s good to feel part of this because it’s going to be my new home,” Jimmy adds.
Holding up his impressive scrapbook, Jimmy said,
“You can see me here with my hard hat and vest on.
Apex Residential Worker Dearbhla Doherty is extremely proud of the records Jimmy has kept.
“Jimmy decided to make the scrapbook so that the residents and staff would have something to look back on in years to come. He came up with the ideas, the speech bubbles and photographs.