PINK is the COLOUR
Potter's Pink is the recommended colour for the walls of a CUSTTAD facility.
It is available as a Dulux Heritage Paint and is described as follows: 'this subtle pink was derived from oxides that produced a variety of shades similar in appearance to dry lime plaster. It was used by fresco painters and similar colours are found in the interior schemes of Robert Adam.
'The development of CUSTTAD in SOUTH LANARKSHIRE took place over a period of many years following an agreement between the then YORKHILL NHS TRUST and the authority's SPECIAL NEEDS Department. As the number of CUSTTAD facilities increased two different models emerged. Our preferred and probably totally unrealistic one (advocated by among others Dr John D Allan*) was to have a self staffed CUSTTAD ROOM in every primary school. At the present time there are * such facilities.
Much more realistically we moved towards having a network of facilities strategically located to provide access to CUSTTAD for as many children as possible and serviced by a group of trained CUSTTAD workers.
Also as the number of available rooms increased we tried - apart from insisting on the necessary materials for a well functioning facility -to give the rooms a very similar look and this was achieved with the relatively inexpensive option of having the walls painted the same colour. And our chosen colour was POTTER'S PINK which had been used during a repainting of the room in which CUSTTAD began to take shape.
One of my favourite ever photographs was taken more than thirty years after working in the nursery in BC. The building which had housed the nursery was now derelict but it was amazing to find that, in the interim, the walls had been painted pink - a very similar pink to the one we were using for the CUSTTAD rooms.