I would like to welcome you to the first CWSA eNews for the year. I hope you found the last issue informative and exciting. We still call upon you to give us feedback on what you would like to see and read about in the newsletter.Read More
Solly Nethononda has been appointed to the position of CWSA Provincial Manager in Limpopo. He had been acting in the position since June 2010 before being promoted fully in January 2011.Read More
All welfare NGO's in South Africa are faced with a critical skill shortage and an accompanying shortage of financial and other resources to fulfill its mandate in providing comprehensive, coordinated and integrated social work services to a vast variety of client groups.Read More
This office experienced a challenging yet exciting year. As with many other NGO’s financial resources were few but the organisation turned its energies towards developing positive relationships with local businesses, organisations and churches. Through these relationships not only did the organisation access additional resources such as food and clothing but were also able to broaden service delivery through the identification of families and children in need. Social Workers were empowered to deliver these services through several trainings and workshops which included; Early Risk Assessment, Social Work Supervision, Training on the new Children’s Act, Funding Policy Procedures and Teambuilding.
For CWSA Genadendal 2010 was a year of growth with an additional social work post being subsidized by the Department of Social Development. Further, satellite offices were opened in Greyton and Bereaville Primary Schools for Genadendal. The office celebrated its 5th year anniversary with the expansion of its child protection services through the training and deployment of 30 community volunteers in the Isolabantwana: Eye on the Child project. These volunteers have now become invaluable in identifying children at risk of abuse and neglect and in ensuring that they receive necessary assistance.
CWSA Kleinmond has developed a positive working relationship with the South African Police Services with a view to improving service delivery to vulnerable children. CWSA has partnered with the SAPS to establish a new trauma room at the end of 2010. The trauma room provides assistance to victims of abuse and crime. The launch of the initiative coincided with the 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse. The organisation has further enhanced services to children by establishing the Kids Can After School Centre that provides supervision, care and educational support to 35 children daily.
CWSA Knysna applies a holistic approach to child protection by providing a range of services to vulnerable children and their families. Services include statutory, prevention and early intervention initiatives. These include a soup kitchen, early childhood development centre, a child and youth care centre and various community development initiatives. During the past year many exciting and innovating activities enhanced services to include a parenting skills camp, women’s tea for foster and safe house mother’s and community awareness raising talks during child protection week.