Building Our Bright Future
Seton Villa is proud to confirm the commencement of our ambitious asset redevelopment plan, Building our Bright Future, the long-term vision to replace the aging infrastructure with new, purpose-built houses.
Seton Villa Asset Redevelopment Plan
Seton Villa has provided housing and supported independent living to people with disabilities in the Ryde LGA since 1966, moving into a series of shared homes in 1984. This move was revolutionary for its time, empowering the residents of Seton Villa to live in community while qualified staff supported their greater independence and choice.
Building our Bright Future will see Seton Villa continue this legacy and leadership, with over $11m invested in the properties over three years, through a combination of funding form the Daughters of Charity and investment returns. The investment includes rebuilding five existing Seton Villa properties and purchasing two new suitable properties in the local community, enabling systematic redevelopment of all houses. This investment will secure a sustainable and bright future for the residents and community, centred on active support and quality services enabling greater independence, choice and capacity building.
The asset redevelopment by Seton Villa will directly support the City of Ryde Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Our properties and services are reflective of the needs of the community and respond to the City of Ryde key organisational objectives – to create healthy, safe and connected communities. Seton Villa supports the strategies to maximise participation by all and encourage inclusive and resilient communities.
Seton Villa has engaged Kennedy Associates Architects, leaders in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) design ensuring every property addresses the housing needs of participants in the NDIS. Partner Anthony Nolan from Kennedy Associate Architects has over 20 years’ experience with a particular focus on the provision of social and accessible housing.
We look forward to working with Government and the community throughout this exciting project. We will continue to communicate on further developments of the long-term redevelopment plan and welcome everyone’s support and engagement.
“After several years in the planning, the Board and Trustees of Seton Villa are very excited to finally be at the operational start of this multi-year renewal program. The building redevelopment works will result in improved quality of services through contemporary purpose-built accommodation for our residents. This is a real step change for Seton Villa. Together with our strategic plan, this work will be a springboard for Seton Villa’s mission to expand and grow over the next decade.”
Marco Colli, Chair Seton Villa
“The Daughters of Charity (Trustees) are pleased to support the strategic plan of Seton Villa to transform and grow. Seton Villa is a loved and important part of the Daughters of Charity’s ministry to people in need. The redevelopment of the Seton properties will enable the enthusiastic Board of Directors and Management to continue to provide great service to our existing community of women and to people in need into the future. We promise our prayers and support to this venture, and say with St. Vincent – the Founder of the Daughters of Charity, ‘We have to quicken our pace and redouble our ordinary efforts on certain occasions when the service of God requires it, and then God does not fail to redouble our courage and strength as well’, (Vll:198).”
Sr Celine Quadros, Daughter of Charity Provincial
The handover of our first two brand new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) houses, Jenny’s Place Marsfield and Rosalie’s Place Ryde, with residents receiving the keys to their new homes, was on Wednesday 18 November 2020.
JENNY’S PLACE MARSFIELD
Jenny’s Place Marsfield (below) was the first property for redevelopment. Construction was completed in 2020 with residents moving into their new home November 2020. Jenny’s Place a new, high quality, high functioning, purpose-build four-bedroom house. Most important, it is a bright and welcoming home for four women with disabilities.
“This house kicks off a significant program of works to upgrade the housing stock for Seton Villa. The house is custom designed for Specialist Disability Accommodation and moves beyond mere compliance to explore the qualitative aspects of the design such as optimising resident engagement. What makes this project unique is the organisations direct link to the residents who will call this home. This is not developer driven, rather tangible care is at the forefront of the design process. The new house optimises engagement for residents with a sunny and private rear garden, and options for social engagement through multiple living areas and a central study. All bedrooms have generous outlooks of the garden or streetscape for a sense of connection, and the joy of simply watching the world go by. The house features safe and level access throughout to accommodate a range of resident’s needs. This house will be a positive contribution to the entire community.”
Anthony Nolan, Partner of Kennedy Associates
Jenny’s Place was officially opened on 23 February 2021 by Hon Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disabilities, Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Customer Service and Member for Ryde and Clr Jerome Laxale, Mayor of Ryde City. Also attending were Daughters of Charity Trustee: Sr Therese Haywood DC alongside Seton Villa Board members, families and friends.
Read more about Jenny’s Place, and view it’s Specialist Disability Accommodation design features and benefits, including how this bright new home is benefiting the residents and their families.
ROSALIE’S PLACE RYDE
Seton Villa’s first newly purchased property is Rosalie’s Place Ryde. Designed by Kennedy Associates Architects, this five-bedroom home is the first to include the two-bedroom ‘apartment’ under the same roofline as the main house. This combination of house plus apartment provides increased independence for two of the five residents, in accordance with Seton Villa’s care model of ‘active support’. Rosalie’s Place is a beautiful demonstration of Seton Villa’s commitment to building capacity and maximizing independence and skills for the residents.
Rosalie’s Place was officially opened on 23 February 2021 by Hon Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disabilities, Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Customer Service and Member for Ryde and Clr Jerome Laxale, Mayor of Ryde City. Also attending were Daughters of Charity Trustee: Sr Therese Haywood DC alongside Seton Villa Board members, families and friends.
Read more about Rosalie’s Place, and view its Specialist Disability Accommodation design features and benefits, including how this bright new home is benefiting the residents and their families.
BRIDGE ROAD RYDE
The third property in Seton Villa’s asset redevelopment program is located at Bridge Road Ryde (below). This newly acquired property features a large (923m2) flat block with no trees to hinder construction of a new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) residence. The new construction, once completed, will feature a high quality, high functioning, purpose-built five bedroom home. This new property sits almost half-way between Jenny’s Place and Rosalie’s Place so is ideally positioned as part of our growing Seton Villa community.
The weatherboard cottage will be demolished and replaced with a new five-bedroom SDA certified home during 2021, similar in design to Rosalie’s Place in Ryde.
Visit our Homes For Life page to see the exciting progress we’re making on the construction of our Bridge Road property, affectionally named Leia’s Place. This five-bedroom home designed by Kennedy Associate Architects, will include a two-bedroom ‘apartment’ under the same roofline as the main house. This combination of house plus apartment provides increased independence for two of the five residents, in accordance with Seton Villa’s care model of ‘active support’. Leia’s Place is a beautiful demonstration of Seton Villa’s commitment to building capacity and maximising independence and skills for the residents.
TULIP STREET MARSFIELD
The fourth property in Seton Villa’s asset redevelopment program is an existing asset which will be demolished in April 2021 following DA consent from Ryde City Council. A new four-bedroom SDA Improved Livability certified home will be constructed on the site with a target completion date of October 2021.
The ladies from David Avenue who will be moving into the new Tulip Street residence have named their new home Lavender Cottage because they thought it was a peaceful name for a peaceful home.
Future Planned Projects
Seton Villa’s asset redevelopment program continues in 2022 with the view to completing the final three houses. These properties include:
- Purchase of one additional property for knock-down rebuild to SDA Improved Livability design standard
- Knock-down rebuild of our Dover Street property to SDA Improved Livability design standard
- Knock-down rebuild of our Koorong Street property to SDA Improved Livability design standard.
Tier 3 Community Housing Provider
Seton Villa has status as a Tier 3 Community Housing Provider with the National Regulatory System Community Housing (NRSCH). This is a great achievement and will provide opportunities to apply for social housing stock being transferred from government across to the NGO sector. The acquisition of new properties will enable Seton Villa to extend our service delivery reach beyond intellectual disability to support people with psychosocial disability into the future.