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Sunshine Butterflies

Contact

Name: Leanne Walsh

Position: Founder/Director

Email: admin@sunshinebutterflies.com.au

Address

468 McKinnon Drive

Cooroibah

Queensland Region 4565

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Our Mission / Objective

Sunshine Butterflies is a not- for-profit organisation and registered charity that strives to improve all areas in the lives of people with disabilities. Sunshine Butterflies provides families with parent support, information and individual assistance, swim, social and recreational opportunities, early intervention programs, post school recreational programs, respite and personal fundraising plans.

Sunshine Butterflies was founded by Leanne Walsh, whose son Curtis has cerebral palsy. The challenges that Leanne, husband Damien and Curtis face day to day as a family, ultimately has given Leanne the Sunshine Butterflies vision – to empower families and individuals living with disability and to provide them with the support they need to achieve a happy and fulfilled life. Launching the charity in 2005, Leanne made it her mission to reduce the stigma of disability within the community, and now leads a small and passionate team to help make this dream a reality.

Sunshine Butterflies has a new home and will be moving to be permanently based at their Cooroibah property, ‘Our Backyard’, which is bursting with endless possibilities. The 5 acre Hobby Farm is the new base for all Sunshine Butterflies social and recreational programs and activities (music, drama, art, cooking, woodwork, singing and theatre, puppeteering, horticulture, permaculture, gardening, environmental activities, aquaculture and animal care).

‘Our Backyard’ will have a purpose built horticulture training facility, barn yard, cooking, art and music education areas, a function area, animal shelter, a nursery, first aid training room, respite facility and a conference room available for the whole community to enjoy.

‘Our Backyard’ will provide significant benefit to the community as the space is available for a variety of uses for schools, community events, training organisations, trainees and apprentices. At Sunshine Butterflies we welcome the use of Our Backyard to the whole community as to create strong and long lasting relationships.

Our Services

Sunshine Butterflies provides services including:

  • Helpful Information & Advice
  • Support Groups & Workshops
  • Representation & Advocacy
  • Personal Fundraising Opportunities
  • Disability Education & Awareness Programs, Puppet Troupe etc.
  • Recreational Activities eg. Swim & Rec Club
  • Post School Programs
  • Case Management –  Local Co-ordination & Development
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Social Sibs Fun Day
  • Charity Events
  • Animal therapy

 

Sunshine Butterflies creates:
– Avenues and opportunities for members to engage with their peers and the local community.

– Fun, interactive days of woodwork, cooking, art, music, singing, life skills, social enterprise, fitness, sports, swimming, recreation and so much more.We create avenues and opportunities for our members to engage with their peers and the local community.

– Stories of new beginnings and nurtures great friendships.

Sunshine Butterflies pride themselves on being able to improve all areas in the lives of people with disabilities and their families by promoting health and well-being, independence and inclusion through their programs.

Projects in Progress

Sunshine Butterflies has a new home! Due to the rapid increase in members, staff, support programs and services the charity provides, all things Sunshine Butterflies will be moving to the 5 acre hobby farm ‘Our Backyard’ which is bursting with endless possibilities.

Our Backyard will give Sunshine Butterflies members’ purpose and plenty of room to spread their wings and shine!

All our programs will move to this property that includes music, art, woodwork, cooking, drama, early intervention, animal care, horticulture and aqua culture just to name a few. All buildings are currently under construction including animal shelters, play grounds and the early intervention room. We have school groups currently accessing the property two days a week who are learning landscaping and building skills, and look forward to sharing the facility with many other community groups in the future.

Sunshine Butterflies currently has some new and exciting projects coming to life at Our Backyard…

Social Butterflies 

Social Butterflies is a model developed by Sunshine Butterflies CEO and Founder, Leanne Walsh to provide work skills training and purpose for individuals living with a disability who may feel excluded from the current workforce. The Sunshine Butterflies social enterprise program has been developed with the specific purpose to develop members’ social skills and create a sense of inclusions within their community. The social enterprise program fulfils the diverse needs and interests that already exist within the local community whilst generating a profit for a good cause.

Social enterprises operate by generating financial return on socially responsible products/services while simultaneously advancing a social mission. The Social Butterflies mission is to provide an inclusive initiative that allows people of all abilities to be involved in a supportive and educational workforce. Sunshine Butterflies has run a 1 year pilot of this intuitive and has recognised great success and potential for all involved.

Animal Therapy 

Come and play with Sunshine Butterflies furry and feathery friends at the farm!

Sunshine Butterflies have recently constructed an animal shelter and bird aviary to host our Animal Therapy program. Animal therapy has been proven to increase mental alertness, enhance social skills and promote positivity levels in people with disabilities.

Our current farmyard family includes 25 chickens, Ron the Rooster, Scarlett and Billy the dexter cows, Gaston and Major Lazer the goats, Victor and Cecil the sheep, and farm pups Fraser, Jack and Frankie. We are awaiting a donkey, two alpacas and many birds to join in on the farm fun.

Members will have the opportunity to care and interact with the farm animals in a safe and educational environment. Through this program, individuals living with a disability  will learn to correctly interpret human and animal body language, understand animals cognition and emotions, build confidence, assist with animal enrichment programs, and most importantly benefit from the emotional and psychological benefits of the cohesive bond between human and animal…

 

Our People

CEO

Leanne Walsh ,

Names of Board Members

Shaun Baker – Chairman

Carol Johnson – Treasurer

Michelle Davies – Secretary

Sue Grogan – Board Member

Tony Fowler – Board Member

Damien Walsh – Board Member

Dr Bob McCrossin – Board Member

Number of Employees

45

Number of Volunteers

50

Registration Information

ABN

46 296 442 336

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

General Donations

Sunshine Butterflies does not receive government funding and greatly appreciates the generosity of donations to help sustain our charity and to continue to provide our members and their families with quality support and activities. Your support in sharing our vision, allows us to continue to improve the lives of individuals living with a disability. To make a donation you can visit our website www.sunshinebutterflies.com.au

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Sunshine Butterflies is a not- for-profit organisation and registered charity that strives to improve all areas in the lives of people with disabilities. There are many areas which Sunshine Butterflies greatly appreciates the generosity of volunteers to assist with support, programs, construction, gardening, events, media/marketing and research.

As a Volunteer, you will become a valuable member of our team. Our Staff and Volunteers are devoted to working together to strengthen the values of Sunshine Butterflies. We truly cherish the work our Volunteers do and it makes a great difference in what we can achieve.

The Sunshine Butterflies vision is to empower families and individuals living with disability and to provide them with the support they need to achieve a happy and fulfilled life and by joining our team,

you will be required to adhere to and respect our values.

– We value and respect people with disabilities, their families and carers by supporting and

encouraging them to be active in the planning and delivery of their services.

– We are committed to working with our members to ensure that our services are meeting

their needs.

– We actively support people with disabilities in promoting well-being, independence,

inclusion and quality of life.

– We are always accountable for our actions and act with transparency and integrity.

Please contact admin@sunshinebutterflies.com.au and one of our friendly team members will be in contact with you.

Thank you again for donating your time to help us achieve our goal and we look forward to welcoming you to the Sunshine Butterflies team.

Leanne Walsh
Founder and CEO, Sunshine Butterflies

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Sunshine Butterflies is a not- for-profit organisation and registered charity that strives to improve all areas in the lives of people with disabilities. Sunshine Butterflies provides families with parent support, information and individual assistance, swim, social and recreational opportunities, early intervention programs, post school recreational programs, respite and personal fundraising plans.

Sunshine Butterflies was founded by Leanne Walsh, whose son Curtis has cerebral palsy. The challenges that Leanne, husband Damien and Curtis face day to day as a family, ultimately has given Leanne the Sunshine Butterflies vision – to empower families and individuals living with disability and to provide them with the support they need to achieve a happy and fulfilled life. Launching the charity in 2005, Leanne made it her mission to reduce the stigma of disability within the community, and now leads a small and passionate team to help make this dream a reality.

Sunshine Butterflies has a new home and will be moving to be permanently based at their Cooroibah property, ‘Our Backyard’, which is bursting with endless possibilities. The 5 acre Hobby Farm is the new base for all Sunshine Butterflies social and recreational programs and activities (music, drama, art, cooking, woodwork, singing and theatre, puppeteering, horticulture, permaculture, gardening, environmental activities, aquaculture and animal care).

‘Our Backyard’ will have a purpose built horticulture training facility, barn yard, cooking, art and music education areas, a function area, animal shelter, a nursery, first aid training room, respite facility and a conference room available for the whole community to enjoy.

‘Our Backyard’ will provide significant benefit to the community as the space is available for a variety of uses for schools, community events, training organisations, trainees and apprentices. At Sunshine Butterflies we welcome the use of Our Backyard to the whole community as to create strong and long lasting relationships.

Our Services

Sunshine Butterflies provides services including:

  • Helpful Information & Advice
  • Support Groups & Workshops
  • Representation & Advocacy
  • Personal Fundraising Opportunities
  • Disability Education & Awareness Programs, Puppet Troupe etc.
  • Recreational Activities eg. Swim & Rec Club
  • Post School Programs
  • Case Management –  Local Co-ordination & Development
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Social Sibs Fun Day
  • Charity Events
  • Animal therapy

 

Sunshine Butterflies creates:
– Avenues and opportunities for members to engage with their peers and the local community.

– Fun, interactive days of woodwork, cooking, art, music, singing, life skills, social enterprise, fitness, sports, swimming, recreation and so much more.We create avenues and opportunities for our members to engage with their peers and the local community.

– Stories of new beginnings and nurtures great friendships.

Sunshine Butterflies pride themselves on being able to improve all areas in the lives of people with disabilities and their families by promoting health and well-being, independence and inclusion through their programs.

Projects in Progress

Sunshine Butterflies has a new home! Due to the rapid increase in members, staff, support programs and services the charity provides, all things Sunshine Butterflies will be moving to the 5 acre hobby farm ‘Our Backyard’ which is bursting with endless possibilities.

Our Backyard will give Sunshine Butterflies members’ purpose and plenty of room to spread their wings and shine!

All our programs will move to this property that includes music, art, woodwork, cooking, drama, early intervention, animal care, horticulture and aqua culture just to name a few. All buildings are currently under construction including animal shelters, play grounds and the early intervention room. We have school groups currently accessing the property two days a week who are learning landscaping and building skills, and look forward to sharing the facility with many other community groups in the future.

Sunshine Butterflies currently has some new and exciting projects coming to life at Our Backyard…

Social Butterflies 

Social Butterflies is a model developed by Sunshine Butterflies CEO and Founder, Leanne Walsh to provide work skills training and purpose for individuals living with a disability who may feel excluded from the current workforce. The Sunshine Butterflies social enterprise program has been developed with the specific purpose to develop members’ social skills and create a sense of inclusions within their community. The social enterprise program fulfils the diverse needs and interests that already exist within the local community whilst generating a profit for a good cause.

Social enterprises operate by generating financial return on socially responsible products/services while simultaneously advancing a social mission. The Social Butterflies mission is to provide an inclusive initiative that allows people of all abilities to be involved in a supportive and educational workforce. Sunshine Butterflies has run a 1 year pilot of this intuitive and has recognised great success and potential for all involved.

Animal Therapy 

Come and play with Sunshine Butterflies furry and feathery friends at the farm!

Sunshine Butterflies have recently constructed an animal shelter and bird aviary to host our Animal Therapy program. Animal therapy has been proven to increase mental alertness, enhance social skills and promote positivity levels in people with disabilities.

Our current farmyard family includes 25 chickens, Ron the Rooster, Scarlett and Billy the dexter cows, Gaston and Major Lazer the goats, Victor and Cecil the sheep, and farm pups Fraser, Jack and Frankie. We are awaiting a donkey, two alpacas and many birds to join in on the farm fun.

Members will have the opportunity to care and interact with the farm animals in a safe and educational environment. Through this program, individuals living with a disability  will learn to correctly interpret human and animal body language, understand animals cognition and emotions, build confidence, assist with animal enrichment programs, and most importantly benefit from the emotional and psychological benefits of the cohesive bond between human and animal…

 

Our People

CEO

Leanne Walsh ,

Names of Board Members

Shaun Baker – Chairman

Carol Johnson – Treasurer

Michelle Davies – Secretary

Sue Grogan – Board Member

Tony Fowler – Board Member

Damien Walsh – Board Member

Dr Bob McCrossin – Board Member

Number of Employees

45

Number of Volunteers

50

Registration Information

ABN

46 296 442 336

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

General Donations

Sunshine Butterflies does not receive government funding and greatly appreciates the generosity of donations to help sustain our charity and to continue to provide our members and their families with quality support and activities. Your support in sharing our vision, allows us to continue to improve the lives of individuals living with a disability. To make a donation you can visit our website www.sunshinebutterflies.com.au

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Sunshine Butterflies is a not- for-profit organisation and registered charity that strives to improve all areas in the lives of people with disabilities. There are many areas which Sunshine Butterflies greatly appreciates the generosity of volunteers to assist with support, programs, construction, gardening, events, media/marketing and research.

As a Volunteer, you will become a valuable member of our team. Our Staff and Volunteers are devoted to working together to strengthen the values of Sunshine Butterflies. We truly cherish the work our Volunteers do and it makes a great difference in what we can achieve.

The Sunshine Butterflies vision is to empower families and individuals living with disability and to provide them with the support they need to achieve a happy and fulfilled life and by joining our team,

you will be required to adhere to and respect our values.

– We value and respect people with disabilities, their families and carers by supporting and

encouraging them to be active in the planning and delivery of their services.

– We are committed to working with our members to ensure that our services are meeting

their needs.

– We actively support people with disabilities in promoting well-being, independence,

inclusion and quality of life.

– We are always accountable for our actions and act with transparency and integrity.

Please contact admin@sunshinebutterflies.com.au and one of our friendly team members will be in contact with you.

Thank you again for donating your time to help us achieve our goal and we look forward to welcoming you to the Sunshine Butterflies team.

Leanne Walsh
Founder and CEO, Sunshine Butterflies

Our Annual Reports

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