NSW Premier Opens Sunnyfield’s Community Services Hub Orchard Hills

Sunnyfield’s new Orchard Hills Community Services Hub was officially opened on October 3, 2014, by the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Mike Baird MP.

Sunnyfield first opened disability services in the Nepean district of Western Sydney in 2002, with programs in Kingswood and Mount Druitt. This then expanded into a Sunnyfield Enterprises site, providing supported employment to people with disability in St Marys. The new Community Services Hub acts as a central location to these services and fills an unmet demand for support services in Western Sydney. The Orchard Hills Hub is located in a semi-rural environment offering clients sweeping views of farmland and a peaceful, natural setting that is accessible to all.

The Community Services Hub not only offers a unique location but innovative programs that form Sunnyfield’s Community and Life Skills Day Program. These services focus on improving client independence and developing skills for life. The community based activities include, library and historical site visits, TAFE courses, music therapy, travel training, sport and cooking programs.

One of our most successful programs is our arts and cultural initiatives Hatch which featured at the opening. The Hatch program provides unparalleled, innovative access to the arts giving artists and people with an without a disability the opportunity to work on community based projects. The projects often transpire into public exhibitions and feature on Sunnyfield’s very own TV series Unbard TV, showcased on Foxtel’s Aurora channe;. It is with the support of key businesses that the hub is able to provide unique experiences and opportunities for Sunnyfield clients, including soft play equipment and a sensory space kindly donated by The Clayton Utz Foundation.

Sunnyfield CEO, Caroline Cuddihy says “the opening of Sunnyfield’s Orchard Hills Community Services Hub marks a great leap forward in the provision of disability services to the Western Sydney region. As Sunnyfield continues to grow, we aim to provide more of these essential services to the region while maintaining our vision of excellence in supporting people with intellectual disability.”

“Now a leading name in the disability sector, Sunnyfield was started by the passion of one family seeking to find a safe haven for their son,” Premier Mike Baird said.

“Not only does Sunnyfield provide vital support for people with an intellectual disability, it also gives them the ability to contribute to the community by providing them with skills for life.” Premier Mike Baird said.