28 St Barbara Road, St Montagu Village, Lavender Hill, 7945 info@villagecc.co.za +27 84 536 7052

PROGRAMMES

Here’s how we are working to solve the problems of great need in the Lavender Hill community. 

Economic empowerment

We assist people to by giving them skills to earn their own way out of poverty. This is done through the sewing and upholstery workshop, skills training and resources for job seekers and a charity shop.

Health and wellness

We compassionately support the dignity and health of people through our aged-care centre and HIV support groups. We help to provide the community with health nutritious food through our veggie garden and soup kitchen.

Children and the youth

We seek to build resilience in children, youth and their families through the provision of early intervention services. We have an after school homework club for children in the area, which keeps children off the street and provides them with a meal.

Economic empowerment

Sewing and upholstery

Village Care Centre provides a sewing and upholstery programme for 20 unemployed men, women and youth. Attendees are shown how to operate a sewing machine, over-locker, complete a garment from start to finish and upholster a couch. The course duration is six months and on completion students receive a certificate. Students leave with skills that allow them to start their own business or find employment.

Skills training

The Village Care Centre provides a service where people can have their C.V.’s typed and printed, check emails and have copies made for a nominal fee. Youth are also provided with information from the internet for school projects.

Charity shop

There is a charity shop on the premises where bric ‘n brac is sold at a very low cost.

Health and wellness

Aged Care Centre

Older members of society have a valuable contribution to make in our community. However, many find themselves in precarious positions and are left alone by their children without any support. The Aged Care Centre aims to offer a caring, safe and supportive environment for the aged and caters to their specific needs. The Centre operates under the auspices of the Village Care Centre and is situated in a separate location in Lavender Hill, accommodating and caring for 24 elderly live-in residents from all areas.

HIV/AIDS support group

The HIV/AIDS support project is an ongoing programme that is aimed at providing information and support to families affected and infected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. We create a safe learning environment and encourage a positive learning experience on the development of HIV/AIDS issues. Members are provided with nutritious meals and are taught gardening skills which allows them to produce their own vegetables which they can then use to generate an income and to feed their families. Currently, 20 adults with families are catered for. The group also receives monthly food parcels from St Andrew’s, a local church.

Veggie and food garden

The food garden provides families with fresh produce to maintain healthy lifestyles. The entire Lavender Hill community is positively impacted, as people are free to come and collect produce to feed their families. Community members are also encouraged to attend training on how to grow their own vegetables in their backyards. This project also helps sustain the soup kitchen.

Soup kitchen

The centre runs a soup kitchen once a week, on a Thursday, where community members are provided with a bowl of soup. The soup kitchen sustains approximately 900 people per month.

Children and the youth

The Youth Care Centre

The Youth Care Centre is registered with the Department of Social Development. The programme caters for early school dropouts, youth at risk and street children from 9 am till 1 pm, Monday to Thursday. 

Our centre cares for children from six to 18 years, who have been exposed to neglect, abuse, absence of parents or other poor socioeconomic circumstances. A multi-disciplinary team, consisting of a Social Worker, Teacher and Child and Youth Care Workers make sure that every child is cared for in a holistic way. 

Children have access to basic care (food and shelter), medical care, education, emotional and spiritual counselling, opportunities to build their skills and talents, sporting and other activities. Children are kept in contact with their parents, family members or significant others at all times through close interaction with the aid of other NPO’s who render family reunification services. 
We cater for about 30 – 35 youth and provide them with breakfast and lunch.

Youth Care Centre programme objectives:

• To work holistically with youth and their families within community settings.
• To develop a culture that perpetuates self-reliance and healthy self-image and the importance of the family, the community, the nation and the goal of achievement.
• To advance the concept of the family being preserved as a unit.
To work in cooperation with families in the delivery of services to their children.
• To address the destructiveness of addictions and feelings of disempowerment as a result of poverty through sustainable and supportive interventions.
• To provide the aged with affordable, dignified and safe housing with guaranteed frail and end of life care.

Our youth services focus on

Aftercare for children

This programme focuses on assisting about 20 – 40 children with their homework and reading. The aim is to keep them off the streets and occupied after they finish school, from 2pm till 4pm Monday to Thursday. Kids also receive a snack which for some, might be the only thing they eat for the day.