Ownership of Sylvanvale Catering and Birdcage Café Changing to Civic

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Friday 26th July 2019


Ownership of Sylvanvale Catering and Birdcage Café Changing to Civic

Disability services provider Sylvanvale Foundation has announced that ownership of its Sylvanvale Catering and Birdcage Café business is changing to Civic Disability Services on 1 September 2019. Civic is offering re-employment for the café and catering service’s supported employees, and Civic and Sylvanvale are working closely together to ensure the change has little or no impact on its customers.

Sylvanvale Catering and Birdcage Café is an award-winning profit-for-purpose business located at 35A Waratah Road, Engadine which provides supported employment to people with disability. Sylvanvale Catering supplies the Sutherland Shire and St George areas with savoury and sweet food for meetings, conferences, functions, parties and events.

Sylvanvale’s CEO Leanne Fretten said, “The transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) combined with the unique operating challenges of a hospitality business have proven challenging. Following a year-long review of the business’ operations, Sylvanvale has made the difficult decision to move out of supported employment and focus on its core business being supporting people in Supported Independent Living and our Community Hubs.

“We are very excited that Civic will be continuing to operate the business and are confident that they will continue to provide an outstanding place to work for its supported employees, as well as a wonderful catering service and café,” she said.

Sylvanvale is proud to have operated this business for the past 22 years and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported and been a part of it. Serving you, and working alongside the many people with disability who have trained and worked in this business has been a privilege,” said Leanne.

About Sylvanvale
Sylvanvale Foundation was formed in 1947 when a group of parents united to form an organisation that would give their children with disability a better quality of life through access to education and social inclusion. Today we support over 750 children and adults from a range of cultural backgrounds across the Greater Sydney Region to live and participate in their community, as they choose.

About Civic
Founded in the 1950s by a group of parents caring for their children with disability in the Sutherland Shire, Civic  now provides whole-of-life services in many NSW locations, while remaining true to the values that inspired its creation. Today, more than 500 people in Sydney and regional areas receive vital services from Civic.

For more information, please contact Leanne Fretten, CEO, Sylvanvale, ph 8536 0100 or 0412 069 955 or email lfretten@sylvanvale.com.au