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Who We Are

The Sunnybank Trust has grown from the commitment of local people who offered friendship and support to many of the ex-residents of the local mental hospital cluster throughout the eighties.

In the 1980s there was increasing national criticism and concern about the quality of long term care for dependent people within the institutions of the time. Following a situation at Ely Hospital, a series of scandals in mental hospitals hit the headlines.  All told similar stories of abuse and inhumane treatment of patients who were out of sight and mind, with certain institutions exposed for the poor quality of care.

In 1986 the Audit Commission published a report called 'Making a Reality of Community Care'. This report outlined the slow progress in resettling people from long stay hospitals. It was this report, which prompted the subsequent Green, and White papers on community care. This report was vital in the developments of the community care changes which were to take place.

Throughout this time Tom Rhind-Tutt and a team of local people in Epsom would visit and spend time with the patients of the Epsom Hospital Cluster. It was from this simple beginnng that in the late eighties the group formalised the early foundations that were to become The Sunnybank Trust.  As residents were placed into the community, so the volunteer friends continued the support and friendship that many had offered within the hospitals.

Today, with a small team of part time staff and around 142 volunteers, we provide a range of services to 250 adults and young people with learning disabilities. Through our Advocacy Service we continue to safeguard the quality of support and services available to men and women with learning disabilities. 

What makes us unique

  • Volunteers take on many different roles in our organisation, helping us keep our costs down.
  • Our small team of part time staff ensures our work is fully supported.
  • As the only learning disability charity in Epsom, we understand the local issues that face our service users.
  • We are independent from public funding and political bias.

 

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