ABOUT US

Sunfield Home is a Non-Profit organisation, which is situated in Howick. We care for and house 110 intellectually impaired adult residents and have 3 day residents. – Explore this page to learn more about our residents, the homes and our history and ethos.

Our Residents

We have adult residents of all races living in our 5 houses, ranging in age from 21 to 76+ years old. The majority of our current residents represent people in their thirties.

There is a wide range of intellectual impairments amongst our residents and we place each individual according to their specific needs and abilities. We offer extra care for our elderly and infirm in Combrinck House, where the staff to resident ratio is much higher than in other houses. 

The Home has a full time occupational therapist who plans and supervises all activities. The residents also enjoy normal leisure time. We are committed to our non-racial, loving and caring environment, which has made us a leading organisation in our field. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

Schafer House

In 1955 Sunfield Home Howick consisted solely of Schafer house, the original farm house on Greendale Farm and named after the first managers of Sunfield Home Howick.  We have plans in place to upgrade the old Schafer building into a streamlined new Occupational Centre for the residents.

Over the years other houses have been built to accommodate the growing number of residents.

De Smidt House and Sunflower House

The de Smidt house, built in 1977, was named after Cedric and Daphne de Smidt, who managed the home from 1961 till their move to Langholme in 1970. De Smidt was completely remodelled and refurbished a few years ago. 

Prebashnie Reddy is the house parent of the de Smidt and Sunflower houses and has 25 years experience. She is an efficient and organised woman with a highly motivated team of staff to assist her.

Gregson House and Sunbird House

The construction of Gregson house followed in the early eighties, named after Betty and Jimmy Gregson who took over from the de Smidts as Sunfield managers in 1970.

Buzz Goeman is the House parent of Gregson and Sunbird Houses. She has been at Sunfield for nearly 25 years and is a compassionate and capable house parent. She has the help of a dedicated team of caregivers . In addition, she is also the sports co-ordinator for Sunfield Home.

Combrinck House

Combrinck House is our assisted living facility, which was designed and built specifically to accommodate our frail and elderly residents.

Shana Reddy  is the house parent at  Combrinck House. She and her team of committed carers look after the residents with care and devotion

We rely heavily on family members and the community for donations, sponsorships, bequests and fundraising events. These are critical to support the Home’s considerable maintenance and running costs.  As costs rise steadily year on year, generating funds is always a concern. Should you wish to assist us, please Contact Us directly or visit our Donations and Get involved pages on this website.

OUR GROUNDS

Sunfield Home is situated on 22 hectares of sloping hillside in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Our residents enjoy beautiful grassed areas shaded by huge trees and dotted with colourful shrubs and flower beds.

We have a number of sport facilities where our residents practice and participate in  soccer, athletics, cricket, games and more.  In summer and winter residents use our heated swimming pool to great advantage. There are two bocce courts, as well as a miniature-golf course for the residents to enjoy.  

A group of enthusiastic residents known as The “Green Gang” takes great pride in helping to keep our lovely grounds neat and tidy. They tend the plants and vegetables growing in the two tunnels. The Estate staff work hard all year round to maintain the grounds. 

A feature of our grounds is our chapel, which is an integral part of the life of residents at the Home.

OUR ETHOS

VISION

Sunfield Home Howick believes that people with intellectual impairments deserve to be provided for in a protected environment for life, where they are encouraged to extend their abilities and achieve a life of fulfillment.

MISSION STATEMENT

Sunfield Home Howick cares for and develops people with intellectual impairments in a protected and stimulating home-from-home environment.

CULTURE STATEMENT

COMMITMENT: We are dedicated to improving ourselves, our activities and our facilities for the benefit of our residents and their improved welfare.

CARING:We are committed to unselfishly serving our residents and providing the highest level of care possible.

COMMUNITY:We will endeavour to maintain a unified family environment that supports our residents’ needs, where communication is effective and transparent, and builds a mutually respectful culture across Residents, Members, Staff and Board.

OUR HISTORY

Sunfield traces its roots back to the Magaliesburg Children’s Home for the intellectually impaired which was established near Hartebeespoort Dam in August 1953.

Conditions were harsh on the Highveld in 1955 and a group of parents purchased the 22 ha Greendale farm just to the west of the little village of Howick in Natal. They moved eleven children and the Managers, Mr and Mrs Schafer, down to the gentler climate of Howick and Sunfield Home Howick was born.

The following year the parents formed the Sunfield Home Association, a company not for gain (section 21), with seven of the founder members as directors.

Over the years, thanks to the vision, dedication and tireless work of the directors, the Association established homes near Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal (1970), in Johannesburg, Gauteng (1986), in the Cape at Wellington (1989) and at Balfour in the Free State (1991). This created a network of dedicated places where intellectually impaired adults can receive appropriate care.

In 1996, the Sunfield Home Association was dissolved and each Home countrywide became individual Section 21 company, controlled by a board of directors with complete autonomy.