During the 2006/2007 financial bookyear, a totally new team established a very valuable and much needed multi-purpose drop-in centre in the community, for the community and through the help of the community, in less than a year.
The drop- in centre serves to provide hope to a community where there is dire poverty and many social problems. Through the preventative programmes running at the drop-in centre, children are given tools to deal with what are often chaotic home circumstances. Both physical and emotional needs are addressed as children are fed and taught life-skills. These children return home being empowered to cope with life circumstances. This in turn gives them a feeling of pride and self worth and perhaps the ability to dream of a better life for themselves one day. Families’ needs are also being addressed as parents and foster parents are learning how to be better parents to their children and foster children .Their own needs are also being met as they are being taught new skills, which in turn help them to provide an income for their families. This ultimately also gives them hope and gives flight to their own dreams.
The drop-in centre is ultimately a project aimed at helping a community to lift its eyes up and to start dreaming again.
The following projects and activities are presented from the drop-in centre
Homework Project, providing identified foster care children in grades 1 to 7 with a stable and a structured environment to study for a period of at least one hour. This can include homework or practicing reading and writing skills or any activity that will aid them in improving their academic performances. 36 -40 children from the social workers’ caseloads and schools are identified annually. These children are also provided with a light lunch and they attend Monday –Thursday. Should a child disclose a social problem at home, the case is referred to the area social worker for further investigation.
Therapeutic Groups, providing therrapeutic services to children / adults within a group setting, addressing relevent issues including parental guidance, life-skills, grief counselling, uncontrollable behaviour, etc.
Awareness campaigns and community events
Child Protection / Youth day
Foster parent & volunteer Appreciation
Awareness - focussing on a relevant social issue
Community Library, this service is still in th planning phase and was launched during September / October 2010, linking with the homework project focussing on reading skills; providing possible resources for academic growth and performance; will function in the afternoons for the residents of the demarcated service areas.