Celebrating 60 Years of Civic
Our milestone year is in full swing, as we celebrate 60 years of supporting people with disability to realise their potential.
It all started in the Sutherland Shire in 1958, when a group of parents opened a factory so that their adult children with disability could secure meaningful employment after they completed school. Today Civic provides a wide range of tailored and responsive services across NSW, including Shared Independent Living, Short Term Accommodation, Drop-in Support, Supported Employment, Community Hubs, and Clinical Services.
Annie Doyle, Civic Disability Services CEO said: “We are thrilled to have been such an integral part of the community for the last 60 years, supporting people with disability to develop skills, take control and exercise choice in their lives. Our anniversary year, gives us the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and highlight our ongoing commitment to optimising social and economic independence and full participation for people with disability.”
Here’s a run-down of all Civic’s celebrations for 2018
- The fun kicked-off earlier this year, with more than 400 children with disability, together with their friends and family being entertained with a special concert from popular children’s entertainment group, Hi-5, at the Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club.
- A Family Fun Day was held in March at Civic’s Wattle Grove Community Hub. More than 400 visitors joined in the fun, including the Minister for Disability Ray Williams, the Mayor of Liverpool, Wendy Waller and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons. Activities included sports run by Special Olympics NSW, demonstrations of bonsai-making, together with cooking and tasting the international food on offer at Civic’s long lunch table.
- A special 60th Anniversary cookbook – Nurture & Nourish has been published, curating the culinary talents of clients and staff, with recipes ranging from kale smoothies to Christmas crackers. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the books are now available for purchase for $25 each from Civic’s Head Office in Caringbah.
- Civic’s New Era Community Hub in Sutherland will be hosting a 1950s-themed disco, at 2pm on Saturday 2 June for Civic clients. The event will feature a DJ and live performance from The Jitterbug, singing the songs of Elvis. Fancy dress is encouraged!
- Civic Industries – Civic’s supported employment division, will be opening its doors to existing and potential customers on Wednesday 15 August. This is an opportunity to find out how Civic’s commercial services such as warehousing, packaging and confidential paper shredding can benefit local businesses.
- Civic’s 60th celebrations will continue with a celebratory dinner at Audley Dancehall Café on Saturday 15 September. The focus will be on bringing clients, families, staff, friends and supporters of Civic together to say thanks. It will be a chance to look back on Civic’s history, mark achievements and build relationships. Out of the Shadows band will be playing 1950s music whilst the Rock’n’Roll Dancers will get the crowd up and teach them dances from the era.
- To celebrate Civic’s 60th and the International Day of People with Disability, clients and staff will be showcasing their artistic talents in an exhibition in the Broadhurst Gallery of the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. The exhibition will be opened on Saturday 1 December at 2pm.