Seton Villa is a disability service run by the Daughters of Charity in Sydney which has been serving women with an intellectual disability since 1966. They are currently undertaking an $11 million refurbishment of the houses. The first two houses have been completed. Jenny’s Place, a four-bedroom home in Marsfield, and Rosalie’s Place, a five-bedroom home (which incorporates a semi-independent two-bedroom “apartment” under the same roofline) in Ryde – feature specially designed bathrooms and kitchens with ergonomic features, and smart technology. The residents were involved in elements of the design including their own furnishings and choosing the paint colour for their rooms.
On Tuesday the 23rd of February 2021 these homes were officially opened by Gareth Ward, Minister for Families Communities and Disability, Victor Dominello Member for Ryde and Minister for Customer Service and Jerome Laxale Mayor of the City of Ryde. The event was also attended by the architect, the builder, board members and family members. The joy on the faces of the ladies and their pride in their new houses is a testament to the success of this project so far.