What we hope to do
- The primary caregiver of the OVC’s will support and benefit from the Resource Centre programmes
- The community will have available resources, knowledge and skills to positively affect development
- Long term sustainably of positive outcomes of individual interventions
The services we plan to provide
- Mothering skills
- ECD training
- Adult literacy
- Substance abuse interventions
- Life skills
- Anger management training
- Communication skills
- Social skills
- Job creation skills and support
- Health Literacy
- Preventaive and Promotive Health
This is the next step in our service provision. How do we ensure sustainability and appropriateness of our service provision? How do we ensure that our families and the community can also benefit from the programmes.
Community Resource Capacity Development
The aim of this project is to train, supervise and mentor staff, volunteers and partners to identify and include the primary caregiver and to address individual and family needs of vulnerable children in Fairyland.
DPH anticipates that these professional, holistic interventions will provide a model for the preservation and strengthening of vulnerable individuals, families and communities with the outcome of relieving the pressure on social and health services in the Drakenstein district and in line with the National Strategic Plan’s Approach to Change (which refers to enhanced capabilities and active citizenry) to ‘…enable individuals to live the lives to which they aspire’.
For DPH this is a new expanded approach to the way we work as we move out of the resource centre into the community. We have come to realise that the next phase of the interventions need to actively include the family and work on individualised care for vulnerable children.
This project hopes to follow 300 children and their families/ primary caregivers living in Fairyland over a period of three years addressing their health and wellness challenges so that they may in turn grow to be in a position to strengthen and build capacity within their community. In order to achieve this:
- Staff, volunteers and partners will be trained to identify and address the changing needs of clients through a bi-monthly skills development programme presented by professional staff and consultants. Home visits will be discussed and supervised by professional staff. Training will include, but is not limited to: counselling skills, appropriately managing and setting boundaries, documenting genograms, facilitation skills and setting goals.
- A Genogram and Eco-map is developed for each child which will contribute to an individualised care plan.
- Each child will be visited and assessed in their homes and at Butterfly House on a regular basis by care-workers supervised by social workers.
- Issues identified through these regular assessments will be incorporated into the care plan and addressed by means of individual and group sessions led by professional staff including social workers, psychologists, play therapists and/or medical staff as appropriate
- Primary caregiver/parent education support groups which include skills development sessions will be run weekly. The need will drive the topic of the workshop.
- In order to encourage ownership and responsibility of the project bi-annual open meetings will be held with at least 50 community members.
- Each stage of the project will be documented and assessed by the co-ordinating development worker with the results incorporated into the ongoing development of the programme and research. Monitoring and evaluation of the project will be prioritised to ensure accountability and sharing of lessons learned and achievements
- DPH utilises its existing client group, positive relationship with the community, networks, state facilities, clinics and staff living in the communities to ensure that the most vulnerable children are included in the programme.
- This programme is aimed at providing intensive interventions, care, support and treatment.