Emojis & Solicitors Help Bring Children’s Play Centre To Life

Brick walls have been transformed into colourful murals on the outside of an adventure playground used by hundreds of children, with the help of Nelsons.

Six law professionals from our Leicester office spent time out of the office buying materials, cutting out stencils and painting the walls of Northfields Play Barn.

Solicitors Lewis Addison, Danielle Young and Avni Morjaria, Trainee Solicitors Ella Sheppard and Courtney Bent and Paralegal Seetal Patel created three different scenes using emojis – playing football, listening to music and on the playground.

The free open access adventure playground, based in Gipsy Lane, Leicester, is open to any child between the ages of five and 16. It provides leisure and recreational facilities for those living in Northfields and the surrounding areas.

Lewis, who is a Solicitor and Associate in our dispute resolution team, said: “I spoke to my own children about the challenge and came up with the idea of using emojis. It was important to keep the idea simple as we aren’t experienced artists.”

The volunteering activity was flagged to Nelsons by Leicestershire Cares, which provides volunteering opportunities for companies looking to get involved with communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Lewis added: “We are committed to helping out the community as much as we can and Leicestershire Cares gives us a great opportunity to do that. We decided to help out the Play Barn because it is a fantastic cause used by hundreds of children and it gave us the opportunity to use our creative skills.”

The Play Barn has been supporting young people for more than 35 years and provides a safe fun environment for them to play, make friends and learn new skills.

Michal Baker, Additional Needs Coordinator at Play Barn, a registered charity, said: “Each year is a struggle for us due to the running costs of the building and huge cuts in funding. Our building – the first impression people get of the Play Barn – was looking old and dilapidated and desperately in need of something to brighten it up.

“Staff from Nelsons took time out of their busy schedules to create a lovely mural relevant to the work we do here and to the children who attend. The art work has brightened up the building and all the children love the emoji designs. We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to those who came and worked on the project and those behind the scenes who organised it.”

Nelsons was presented with the Long Service Award at the annual Leicestershire Cares Awards Evening earlier this year. The accolade celebrated our five-year membership with Leicestershire Cares and 10-year commitment to Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp, a group of professionals who offer their services for free to local not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises in need of support.

Kieran Breen, Chief Executive of Leicestershire Cares, said: “It is great that Nelsons has been able to help transform the Play Barn and this is a great example of the difference business volunteering can make. Nelsons staff always put a lot of hard work and effort into their community projects and the emoji murals will be enjoyed by children for years to come.”

In the past, we have helped to give the Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, in Markfield, Leicestershire, a garden makeover, and also decorated a residents’ lounge at Vista’s Kathleen Rutland care home, in Leicester Forest East.