The Nesbitt Centre Timeline

The Nesbitt Centre Timeline

1993

Mr David Nesbitt secured a grant from the QE Foundation to set up an initial service for English speaking adults with intellectual disabilities. Hong Kong Vocational Centre (HKVC) received support and a commitment to ongoing funding from Social Welfare Department in June

1999

Growing Together was formed to link four related NGOs - HKVC, Matilda Child Development Clinic, Watchdog and Springboard

2000

David and Wendy Nesbitt received the Ira Dan Kaye Community Service Award from American Chamber of Commerce.

First respite programme introduced in January at YWCA Salisbury Road.

HKVC became a member of HKCSS

1993 - 2000

HKVC provided its services from temporary premises in Kowloon Junior School, Stanley and Pok Fu Lam

2001

HKVC moved to its current permanent premises in the Social Welfare Department community complex in Sai Ying Pun.

Five students went on the centre’s first overseas mini-break in Hoi An and Hainan Islands

2003

First residential facility opened in Discovery Bay

2005

Residential facility in DB closed down due to rental increases

2006

New residential facility at Pamela Youde Hospital opened on 22 November

2007

Preparation for Life Programme was introduced, funded by the American Club.

In June, The first centre bus, funded by the Jockey Club, arrived

2008

Facelift at the PY residential facility. Initial discussion about opening a coffee shop within the garden of St John’s Cathedral

The Mandel Scholarship was established by long term donor Harold Mandel to promote music or art related studies

2009

The centre received funding for our first social enterprise from Operation Santa Claus

2011

The centre’s Art Project exhibited at St John’s Cathedral featuring student artists Greig Carruthers and Rohn Jim.

Our Sai Ying Pun Art Exhibition, funded by Arts Development Council and led by Lizzie Bee and Lorette Roberts, opened

2012

The Centre became a recognized User Unit for AYP in Hong Kong

Building work of The Nest, our first social enterprise, started in October

Educational Excursions trip to China to work with Habitat for Humanity

Our Art Project moved to the British Council

2013

The Nesbitt Centre started its first social enterprise at The Nest situated within the gardens of St John’s Cathedral in Central to provide meaningful vocational training and employment opportunities for our students and those from our partner charities.

Our second social enterprise Cafe 8 was also launched in the same year at the Maritime Museum in Central, further expanding the centre’s footprint to provide opportunity to enrich work experience for the disability community.

Educational Excursions trip to Chiang Rai. Students learned to work as a team and volunteered at a local Thai school

Our students completed 10K at the Green Power Hike

2014

iRun, AYP SIlver Expedition Award commenced

2015

iRun programme continued

The Nesbitt Centre was chosen as the beneficiary of GFI’s HK10s

Ronn Jim’s Glimpse of Hope exhibition launched at University of Hong Kong