On Thursday, 24 May 2018 we celebrated the official launch of our new corporate identity, at Coast Bar & Restaurant.
The event was attended by Fairhaven families, clients, support workers, employees, volunteers, staff and Board, in addition to industry friends including Deputy Mayor Chris Holstein, Loyal IT, The Wholesome Collective, Adssi Home Living, Central Coast Disability Network, Ability Links and faculty from local secondary schools.
The evening included a presentation of Fairhaven’s rich 56 year history;
- 1962: we began as a school formed by parents of children living with disability, which later relocated to Narara in 1984 and was renamed Glenvale School
- 1974: established an Activity Therapy Centre at Point Clare, the first supported employment site on the Central Coast
- 1981: development of our first supported supported accommodation residential site at Kincumber
- 1993: a residence for supported accommodation was built at Ettalong
- 2004: a new contract packaging facility was built at Tuggerah, and in 2008 this ADE (Australian Disability Enterprise) won a National Innovation Excellence Award
- 2007: established an op shop and donation point on site at Point Clare to drive our fundraising and community engagement
- 2010: opened a second packaging facility, located at West Gosford
- 2014: supported employees began transforming op shop donations to bespoke furniture and homewares, our upcycle hub was born
- 2015: Fare Cravin’ cafe opened at Point Clare to complement the op shopping village experience
- 2016: the residences at Kincumber are redeveloped to become five purpose-built accessible homes
- 2017: the upcycling hub became known as ReCreate, a new social enterprise which won an Excellence in Social Enterprise 2017 at the local Business Chamber awards.
- 2018: two accessible villas were opened on the waterfront at Booker Bay.
The presentation concluded with an affirmation of Fairhaven’s new brand identity, vision and values. Certificates were awarded to each member of the rebrand committee, including family member and former school teacher Mrs Helen Walker.
A selection of educational resources and memorabilia from original Fairhaven School was also on display, courtesy of Mrs Walker. Entertainment was provided by music loving clients who performed Home Among the Gumtrees, an ode to our leafy founding site at Point Clare.
Photos from the event may be viewed on our Facebook page.