New Hunter Outreach Service Opened at Belmont Neighbourhood Centre

 

On 17 October, Jill Hall MP, Federal Member for Shortland, opened Sunnyfield’s Hunter Client Services located at Belmont Neighbourhood Centre. The centre will serve as a community hub for Sunnyfield’s clients with disability in the Lake Macquarie region.
The Client Services will compliment Sunnyfield’s expansion within the Lake Macquarie and Hunter Region to provide continual support and opportunities for people with disability. Sunnyfield is a registered provider of NDIS services, focusing on individual funding and a person centred approach. A wide range of community and centre based activities are available including cooking, gardening, computer skills, arts and culture, sport and leisure and community initiatives.

Sunnyfield’s partnership with Belmont Neighbourhood Centre actively engages both Sunnyfield clients and the local community creating an environment that supports true inclusion and encourages participation.

One of the most successful programs that operates out of Belmont Neighbourhood Centre is the Kitchen to Table project. This program utilises Habitat in Harmony Community Garden located at Belmont Neighbourhood Centre. The community garden is fully wheelchair accessible and Sunnyfield clients participate in a holistic program that sees the planting and care of vegetables within the garden followed by a cooking program in the commercial cooking facilities. This facility is shared by locals as well as Sunnyfield and relies on the participation of community members for the garden to flourish and grow. It is a wonderful social spot for like-minded individuals and has seen many strong relationships form. Programs like these help people grow in self-confidence, develop life skills and gain independence.

“Sunnyfield’s Client Services at Belmont Neighbourhood Centre is a step forward in offering excellence in disability services in the Hunter and Lake Macquarie region, our programs offer unique and innovative experiences for clients and helps to facilitate a sense of community within the local area.” Sunnyfield CEO Caroline Cuddihy.