After months of searching, The Sunnybank Trust are pleased to have moved into new premises in The Old Town Hall.
Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr Liz Frost, officially opened the charity’s new office as part of their first open afternoon – a chance for members, volunteers, and supporters to celebrate the move and get to learn how to access the new space.
The charity, which supports adults with learning disabilities across North East Surrey, has called a small office in St. Barnabas Church home for a number of years but they had outgrown the space. With the new office, the team of six staff can now invite volunteers in to help out, meaning they can be more efficient and in turn help more people. Even better, with the extra space Sunnybank has been able to create a more inclusive office and are proud to have welcomed their first admin volunteer who also happens to be a wheelchair user, who said: “This is definitely a better and lighter office space to work in.”
The Sunnybank Trust has kept their office at St. Barnabas Church but are re-purposing the space to better suit their members’ needs. The aim is to create a welcoming, inclusive space that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as the charity’s Penfriend Corner group – which supports people to write, draw or use other communication methods to interact with their community penfriends – or their advocacy partners so they can have private and confidential meetings with their Citizen Advocates in a safe but familiar space.
Dorothy Watson, Chief Executive of The Sunnybank Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity which offers us much needed space and accessibility. It is also very exciting to bring the issues of learning disability into the very heart of Epsom.”