Nicola’s June update

Nicola is 10 months into her internship at Sunnybank HQ, and is continuing to build on her professional and personal skills.

“Coming to the end of my supported Internship I have improved my skills and gained in confidence.”


Personal achievements I was invited to an awards evening at NESCOT and achieved two awards (Foundation Hub Student of the Year and the NESCOT Chancellor’s award for Overall Student of the Year).

I was surprised to see how much I have improved from previous years.

My internship at Sunnybank has help me to achieve these awards. I have doubted myself at times, but I have been determined not to give up and I have learnt a lot throughout the year.


Design and communications I have played a big part in the preparation of the drama group’s annual production, Beauty and the Beast. The production has an Arabian theme and I have designed a poster with this theme throughout. Also, I have been researching costume designs.

I was asked to find some quotes about beauty and came up with my own which is “beauty is everything that is good in the world”. My quote will be used as part of a song.

Fundraising I have been involved in helping at the Ashtead Village Day which is something I’ve never done before. Sunnybank managed to raise £154.92!!

Sunnybank Art Exhibition 2019

2019 Sunnybank Art Exhibition

Join us in celebrating the wonderful things that make us unique at our ‘THIS IS ME’ art exhibition.

Now in its fourth year, the exhibition will be open to the public from 18th to 21st June 2019 at Bourne Hall in Ewell. We will be showcasing artwork created by talented artists with learning disabilities, many of which will be available for purchase.

Funds raised from the exhibition will allow us continue supporting adults with learning disabilities in the local community.

We provide a range of services, including free impartial advocacy, regular clubs and social activities, as well as a transition programme for young adults leaving education.


Dorothy Watson, CEO of The Sunnybank Trust comments, “We are delighted to share the talents and creativity of our members with the local community. This year’s exhibition aims to demonstrate that we are all unique and special in our own way; that we all have something valuable to offer to society and to our community.”

The Sunnybank art exhibition is run in partnership with MyTime (NHS daycentre) and The National Lottery  Community Fund.

 “Every good painter paints what he is” – Jackson Pollock





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Joanna’s Story

Joanna* has autism and learning disabilities. She left college in 2014 with the dream of working in an office and living in her own flat.