One of Scotland’s oldest children’s charities, Carolina House Trust, has recently refurbished their modern residential care setting, Tarvit Cottage. Residential Support Worker, Johnny Nicoll, wanted to add a nostalgic touch to the cottage’s kitchen with a tribute to another Dundee institution, the DC Thomson Media comics. Carolina House Trust was founded in Dundee in 1815 as a city orphanage, just one year before the first Dundee Courier was printed.
Johnny said, “It was suggested that we dedicate a wall within a room to some local iconic characters, and Oor Wullie (and gang) and The Broons topped our list. We would be looking to overlay some strip cartoon posters in decoupage/collage style to create an Oor Wullie/Broons wall which would add some character to our kitchen. I emailed DC Thomson Media to ask if they would be willing to donate the materials which would be sure to bring a cheerful and "cheeky" smile to the children we look after.
I was delighted when DC Thomson Media replied to my email and offered to have some annuals sent to us. We have now completed the project and the comics look fantastic in our cottage kitchen. It is great that we can include another Dundee organisation that has grown and modernised alongside our own in the last 200 years.”
Situated outside Cupar, the cottage provides residential care to young people aged 8 and over. The three-bedroom cottage has recently benefited from a building extension, upgrade to its grounds including an outdoor education space for the community and an interiors refresh.
The team provide therapeutic care to young people who are likely to have experienced trauma in their lives.