Development Social Services
Persons with disabilities in the areas covered by Breede Valley APD (Worcester, Rawsonville, Sandhills, De Doorns and Touws River), require assistance and support to improve their quality of life, in most cases in situations of extreme poverty.
The challenge of addressing poverty through social work services lies beyond the level of the provision of handouts of basic assistance. Breede Valley APD has to find creative ways in which to render developmental social services that are relevant to the personal needs experienced by persons with disabilities.
By focusing on person centred assessments and development – a way of helping people who want to make changes in their lives – we render therapeutic counselling services to adults-, children- and families experiencing physical, intellectual and mental disabilities, blindness and deafness.
The following strategies are followed during the rendering of developmental social services:
- Assessment of client
- Compiling a developmental / vocational plan
- Compiling an independent living plan
- Community based rehabilitation
- Information and referral to appropriate agencies and community resources
Kinderfonds Mamas Project
We are very grateful to have received funding and support from the Kinderfonds Mamas in Netherlands since February 2011. The objective of this project is providing the caregivers of children with disabilities with better understanding of their child’s disability and also providing them with training opportunities and skills to better care for their children with disabilities.
Newly assessed caregivers (mammas) visit Breede Valley APD on a monthly basis during which they attend a training sessions and enjoy a hearty lunch afterwards. Caregivers being part of the Partners for Life project for various years meet in their communities on a monthly base (Mammas Forums) and provide much needed emotional support and guidance to each other. Afterwards they engage in skills training, manufacturing arts and crafts to sell in the Breede Valley APD Gift Shop.
In January 2014 we applied for an extension of the current project to include skills training of youth with disabilities. This suggestion was received very well by the Kinderfonds Mamas and they agreed to financially support the project.
Initially the youth were trained with the assistance of various volunteers, but after the Kinderfonds Mamas approved funding, we were able to appoint a new project manager, facilitators and peer supporters and our Arts & Crafts and Kitchen youth training units developed with a rapid pace.
Currently, 14 youth with disabilities are accommodated in the Arts & Crafts unit and 6 youth with disabilities in the Kitchen. Here they receive training in specific skills and manufacture and produce articles / products to sell to the community and eventually provide them with and income.