14 November 2019
Candice’s House, the Sunshine Coast’s new dedicated home of community services, officially opened its doors yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 13 November.
With approximately 50 people in attendance throughout the event, the Candice’s House team welcomed members of the community to join the festivities and take a detailed look around the beautifully renovated space that now offers incredible facilities to not just the local Caloundra community, but to the wider Sunshine Coast region as well. Andrew Wallace MP was in attendance, officiating the ribbon cutting ceremony with Founder and CEO, Candice Dover.
Located in Moffat Beach, Candice’s House is the sister organisation of Candice Care, a national government approved, not-for-profit aged care and disability support service provider that began operations in Caloundra in 2017. The Sunshine Coast house is the fourth house to open nationwide. Located in Moree, Newcastle, Warwick and now Moffat Beach, the Houses exist to offer people living with a disability, as well as the aging community, access to boutique respite facilities and personalised services that are delivered with respect, integrity and heart.
Sunshine Coast local, Candice, states, ‘The Sunshine Coast house, as it is right now, is a complete remake of its original state. We wanted to make sure it was utilised to its full potential and are so proud of what is now available. Our community now has access to a sensory room and rehabilitation space, a small gym, a computer hub for public use and hire, as well as a huge space available for activities such as yoga, art classes and creative learning. Best of all, we have two adorable ‘in-training’ therapy pups to help lift spirits and add another element of fun and excitement to the house’.
Candice has been working in the industry for over 15 years and it was throughout this time she recognised there was a need for services to be offered a little differently. It was, however, after her younger brother was involved in a coward punch attack that she realised just how little support was available those in need. ‘My brother Thom spent an extended period of time in the brain injury ward recovering from his injuries and, whether it was long or short term support that fellow patients needed, they struggled to find it and access it’, states Candice. From here Candice Care began, allowing her and her dedicated team to offer tailored support aimed at enhancing people’s lives, regardless of their level of need or their requirements.
Since its inception here on the Coast in 2017, the organisation has grown rapidly, with many communities throughout Australia, including Tasmania, now receiving the dedicated in-home support they require from Candice Care. It’s from the success of Candice Care that Candice’s House was born and, as planned, these houses are located in the more regional areas of Australia where facilities offering activities, respite and socialisation opportunities may not be as readily accessible. At this stage, the Sunshine Coast house isn’t available for overnight or long-term respite, but plans are underway to achieve this in the very near future.
Candice continues, ‘We have strategically been positioning Candice’s Houses in communities where this kind of support is not as readily available. Our future plans include opening additional houses in regional Australia, so more communities have access to this kind of facility. We will do this while continuing to deliver in-house service via Candice Care to those in need and making sure our impact has a positive influence on the lives of the people we support’.
In addition to this exciting new Sunshine Coast facility, the team at Candice’s House are also thrilled to introduce Archie; a revamped 1969 Bedford bus dedicated to roving respite. Archie will offer the team the opportunity to take people they support on day trips to enjoy some of the incredible attractions the Sunshine Coast has on offer.