While Christmas is at our doorstep…

While Christmas is at our doorstep, the atmosphere around us is changing and the Christmas excitement is sneaking into our homes. At Breede Valley APD, we had a very eventful and busy month of November.

Louine Griessel and Jurene Horne had the privilege to attend the Mamas Alliance SHARE Conference in Benoni from 31 October – 4 November 2022. Although it was not all fun and games, it was an amazing opportunity for sharing best practice, development, and ideas with the other 36 organisations forming part of the Mamas Alliance in South Africa. Our sincere gratitude to the Kinderfonds MAMAS for making this possible!

What a privilege to have received Joep, Ellen, and Saskia from the Kinderfonds Mamas in the Netherlands during their visit to our projects and programmes on 7 November 2022. Keeping the momentum of the SHARE Conference and our “Ecosystem of support”, we would like to thank you for your sincere interest, support, care, and further suggestions for service delivery to vulnerable children with disabilities and their families. Thank you for the positive conversations we engaged in – we are truly proud to be a partner in service delivery!

After a week of innovation and creativity, the first WeMove Group, The Changemakers, completed their MoreThanMeerAs training and presented Breede Valley APD with a beautiful mosaic art piece for the reception area.

We’ve been following the progress of our very first stimulation classroom at the Rise and Shine Special Care Centre with a close eye. Our sincere gratitude to the Kinderfonds Mamas and Operation Impact for making this dream come true! We can’t wait to start fitting this classroom with assistive devices and educational equipment!

We are happy when our customers are happy! Children from De Doorns received their brand-new wooden toys as manufactured by the YouthAbility Woodwork Project. Please contact our offices for more information and prices – just in time for investing in that special Christmas present!

Jessica Stadhouer, Community Development Assistant, did a mental health awareness session at Huis Lafras Moolman in Rawsonville as part of Mental Health Awareness month.

The staff at Breede Valley APD in Touwsriver raised awareness on the importance of looking after your mental and physical health, especially in the workplace, as part of Mental Health Awareness month. 

The Caring and Sharing Special Care Centre in Touwsriver presented a wonderful Debutant Ball and celebrated school leavers, staff, and parents as part of this special occasion. A special word of thanks to all who supported this event and assisted in terms of time and/or donations in kind. 

What a pity that we have not all been able to attend the Caring and Sharing Special Care Centre Debutant Ball! The Saam-Staan Student Support Project catered for this prestigious event and the dishes they served were prepared professionally and beautifully!

With Louine Griessel and Jurene Horne manning the Breede Valley APD “shop” at the SHARE Conference Marketplace in Benoni, we have our first happy customer, Carey-Lee, with her Breede Valley APD shopping bag as manufactured by the Saam-Staan Student Support Project in Touwsriver.

The Group for Youth with disabilities in Touwsriver worked hard while making beautiful, colourful décor elements for the Caring and Sharing Special Care Centre Debutant Ball.

Thank you to the Rachel Swart Foundation for providing training in Assistive Paper Technology (APT) where assistive devices and furniture are made using cardboard, flour, and water. We are thankful for the opportunity for staff and persons with disabilities to participate in the training and engage in creative and innovative ways in supporting and/or starting their own social enterprise. It was great to watch the development of the group through the course of the week!

Our sincere gratitude to Mr Russel Johnson from the Breede Valley Municipality for arranging the Department of Home Affairs mobile unit to visit the Breede Valley APD Touwsriver site after many of our beneficiaries and other members of the community were not able to access the Home Affairs Jamboree in Touwsriver.  

At Breede Valley APD, we know how to help a friend in need! The Laundry Business Unit assisted the YouthAbility Business Unit with a large wooden toys order during load shedding, and in the process, learned a few new skills!

WeMove Group 2 started with their personal growth training and had to survive a few challenging moments! We can’t wait to see how this group develop during the next few weeks.

Verna van Wyk, Community Development Assistant, had the privilege to attend Life Skills facilitation training presented by the Breede Valley Municipality in partnership with the Department of Social Development.

Our sincere gratitude to Anelda Rabie, Social Worker: Work and Employment, for training and guiding our Special Care Centre Staff on managing and recording challenging behaviour within the special care centres.

WeMove Group 2 had an inspiring time as part of their creative training. They made a beautiful coffee table with lots of symbolism to be handed to the Department of Employment and Labour to show their gratitude for the Workshop Subsidy Scheme. 

As all the gardens we support start to show growth, it is game on between the Garden Champions on the largest harvest with the most variance! 

Our sincere appreciation to GrandSlots Corporate Social Investments for inviting us to their networking and sharing event at the Palms Restaurant in Brackenfell. Joined by Gladys Mutemeri from the Mamas Alliance, it was truly a “family gathering” with peers from the Mamas Alliance as well as the APD Family!

Isn’t it great to have friends and partners visiting Breede Valley APD and introducing them? What a privilege to have introduced Harbour of Wellness from Saldanha and the Rachel Swart Fund to each other. May you enjoy many future prospects!  

Breede Valley APD is truly a place of opportunities! We have recently acquired the services of Madriana Frans, a trained designer and seamstress, to provide a bit of flair and excitement to our shop and current collection! Please come and visit our shop at the corner of Grey and Kerkhof Street, Worcester, and browse the wonderful Christmas collection while stocks last. 

We are so grateful to Kinderfonds Mamas’ Operation Impact for funding our new stimulation room at the Rise and Shine Special Care Centres. Without the room being “outfitted” yet as we are planning on, it is already providing so much opportunity for stimulation and relief to our children with disabilities – both in- and out-of-school children! Joanne, CommKidz Assistant, was able to bring one of our CommKidz to the centre this week and they spent quality and stimulating time in the Stimulation Room under the guidance of Jolene George, Occupational Therapist. We know that this new addition to our services will bring joy and a safe, stimulating experience to many more vulnerable children with disabilities.

It’s exciting times at Breede Valley APD! We are grateful to partner with Open Communications for implementing a solar energy system at our organisation. Thank you for your part in building the capacity and infra structure of Breede Valley APD, enabling us to render quality and inclusive services to all persons with disabilities. 

In the spirit of Christmas, Frans Adams, Garden Champion, and his wife, Molly Adams, Community Care Worker in Avianpark, took the fresh produce from Frans’s home garden, added some additional vegetables, and shared it with other vulnerable persons with disabilities and their families living in Avianpark. 

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