New location for Sunrise Adult Training Centre | Loop Cayman Islands

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The government reported that, after nearly two decades at its previous location, Sunrise Adult Training Centre has now been re-located to Eden House in George Town.

The opening ceremony, held on Wednesday, April 13, was attended by Andre Ebanks, Minister for Social Development, Deputy Premier, Chris Saunders, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Development, Heather Bodden, staff of Sunrise and other government officials. According to a statement, the ceremony was designed purposefully for all to participate, including a moving rendition of the Cayman Islands national song using Makaton signs.

Commenting on the relocation, Minister Ebanks said that “the interim premises for Sunrise Adult Training Centre are one step forward in Government’s ambitious plan to reform and modernise social development in the Cayman Islands – and to leave no one behind.”

The new premises embody Government’s commitment to our community, in the form of a tangible investment in physical infrastructure and a central location that dramatically will improve Sunrise’s offerings for current clientele while expanding its capacity to enroll more clients. I commend the Ministry and all involved in this relocation, including the numerous donations that came from the community. I look forward to supporting the next initiative, which is to create a permanent and bespoke location for Sunrise.

Minister Ebanks added.

Kim Voaden, Director of Sunrise, also commented.

She said:

Our interim location at Eden House is an important and notable juncture in the development of Sunrise Adult Training Centre. In aid of achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients, this central location enables us better to serve them and for them to benefit from the numerous programs and services that we offer. We look forward to working collaboratively with Minister Ebanks, the Ministry and the community to create a permanent home for Sunrise.

About Sunrise

Sunrise clients are adults over age 18 who have a broad range of special needs. By providing vocational training, therapeutic services, case management services and a recreational day programme, the Centre aims to enable all of its clients to become empowered, productive and fully included members of the community. Currently, the Centre supports 35 clients in its day programme, and 23 clients who work in paid employment in the community (see below for a range of testimonials from employers). There are 22 members of staff. This year, Sunrise is celebrating its 35th year in operation.

In May 2021, Sunrise was assigned to the Cayman Islands Government’s Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development.