WORLD renowned Strabane singer/songwriter Paul Brady was in town last week to officially take up a new role as patron of the mental health charity, the Koram Centre.
On Tuesday of last week the singer visited the Koram Centre premises at Mourne Villas and the impressive Tullacorr allotment site.
According to Paul he was impressed with the “amazing remit” of the Koram Centre and inspired by the therapeutic and psychological counselling the centre offers.
“I am very pleased to have been asked to be patron of the centre, and impressed by the amazing remit of the organisation,” he said. “I feel resources like this are extremely important for the Strabane area given that it is an area of past conflict and trouble that has left many badly affected.
“Mental health is often forgotten about or not spoken on. Resources like this empower people and help them value themselves.”
Paul Brady’s work is recognised as having a major international impact, with several honest and challenging songs addressing fears and loneliness, loss of dreams, turmoil, depression and anxiety. He often reminds listeners to ‘pick up the pieces and hit the road again’ and encourages them to ‘take my hand and we’ll walk the road together’, Paul feels this kind of support is exactly what is offered by the Koram Centre.
“It is important that in any walk of life, support is out there. Overall, I feel the mindfulness of gardening and growing vegetables mirrors that of songwriting and singing.
“Everyone is forced to confront themselves from time to time, and a mindful activity such as this helps to keep people in touch with their spirit and inner self.”
With this, Paul hopes to serve the Koram Centre as best he can as patron.
“It is my hope I can use my public profile to bring media attention to the centre and to ensure more people become aware of the great work going on at this extraordinary place.
“It is early days and I have an awful lot to learn about the extensive remit of the centre. There is nothing I can do in a professional sense but I will try to lend as much support as I can and support the organisation in public forums.”
The Koram Centre offers a range of well-being activities aimed at maintaining good mental health through social inclusion, upskilling, building confidence, promoting pleasure and a sense of achievement. And can be contacted on 02871886181.
Posted: 8:34 am May 5, 2018