Parenting Worx is our flagship "Community and Social Development" programme
It is a world class, holistic, parenting, life skills and "early childhood development programme that was jointly developed with Stellenbosch University.
The PW programme has gone from strength to strength and exceeded our expectations with amazing results over the last year. We currently have over 150 families (including some single parent fathers) in the core group from the 5 centres in the Overstrand, with over 400 casual attendees during 2014. During the last few years we have been working with Stellenbosch University to develop a world class “Parenting” and “Early Childhood Development” Programme for the impoverished and disadvantaged communities in the Overstrand.
As the basis for the research and development of the programme the University provided 4th and 5th year students from the Medical, Occupational Therapy and Dietetics faculties to get first hand practical experience by supporting the programme and working with, and mentoring our Social Workers and Social Carers in Zwelihle.
The students have become an integral part of the programme, helping the Carers with presentations and accompanying them on “home visits” and assisting them with reporting and referral cases. The resulting “world class” 23 Module Programme is currently being rolled out with our Carers having completed the initial training in December 2012.
The main goals of the programme are to rebuild family structures and principles and establish healthy, loving and caring homes by providing “Parenting and Life” skills and a comprehensive “Early Childhood Development” programme. This enables the Mothers to teach their children the basic lifestyle principles of dignity, respect, honesty, right from wrong, discipline and moral ethics, while also providing their babies / toddlers with a balanced nutritious diet, in a loving, caring, and healthy living environment which will prepare them to compete equally at school and have a successful future.
The PW programme also has extramural activities that enables the members to bond and create long lasting relationships and support networks.These invlude both adult and children's choirs, african dance groups, craft groups, netball teams and community vegetable gardens.
Over time the PW programme has become a "Community Institution" where the members feedback information regarding suspicious activities taking place in the community. These include suspicious behaviour and criminal activities involving drugs, abuse, domestic violence, rape, teenage pregnancy, as well as identifying people who are hardest vhit by poverty who need support. Our Social Workers consolidate the freedback and feed it to the relevant authorities through formal referal processes. This includes law enforcement,Home Affairs, Child Welfare, Police, clinics, hospitals, drug rehabilitation and municipal departments.