about us

who are we?

Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities (BVAPD) is a non-profit organization that renders therapeutic, social and community development services to all persons with disabilities in the Breede Valley Municipal area, including the communities of Worcester, Rawsonville, De Doorns and Touws River.

Currently, the 6 strategic focus areas of our organization includes good governance, developmental social work services, work & employment, education & childcare, youth development and wellness & awareness.

n 1983, Worcester Cripple Care Association underwent a change of name to the Association for the Physically Disabled (Worcester), and in 2003 became the Worcester Association for persons with Physical Disabilities. In 2005 a decision was made to change the name to the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, along with a new logo and branding, which displays our progression from the medical model of assistance to the social model.

Striving towards our organizations’ vision of enabling a disabling society by facilitating and advocating for inclusion and equality for all, various programmes and projects have resulted within the 6 strategic areas as mentioned.

OUR HISTORY

Breede Valley APD was established in 1951 when Drs Domisse and Wilson realized the need for after-care for persons with disabilities in our area. Being Rotarians, they encouraged and guided the Rotary Annes to establish a Social Relief Committee in 1951, which at that stage formed part of Cape Cripple Care. Because of the expansion of their work, the name was changed to Worcester Cripple Care Association in 1953.

In 1983, Worcester Cripple Care Association underwent a change of name to the Association for the Physically Disabled (Worcester), and in 2003 became the Worcester Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities. In 2005 a decision was made to change the name to the Breede Valley Association for persons with disabilities, along with a new logo and branding, which displays our progression from the medical model of assistance to the social model.

The organisation, in association with Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, developed and implemented a transformation plan as well as administrative systems and procedures in order to ensure good governance, cost effective, equitable, accessible and accountable service delivery and management of the organization. 

our teAM

In order from left to right: Marie Cilliers, Social Worker: Rawsonville, De Doorns and Touws River Susan Baird, Head: Childcare and Education Louine Griessel, CEO Belinda Truter, Financial Manager Jurene Horne, Social Worker: Worcester Anelda Rabie, Social Worker: Work and Employment

OUR partners

We are grateful for the unconditional support, assistance and understanding of our various partners to ensure quality, accessible and inclusive services to persons with disabilities and their families in the Breede Valley:

Breede Valley Municipality

Department of Education (CSPID)

Department of Health   

Department of Social Development

DG Murray Trust

Disability Workshops Development Enterprise

Do More Foundation

Elma Philanthropies

GrandSlots CSI

Isiviko Health & Safety

Kinderfonds Mamas

Mamas Alliance                                                                           

MoreThan-MeerAs

National Lotteries Commission

Omprakash

Pieter de Jager Trust

Rachel Swart Fund

SN Pool Community Trust

SyringaTrust

UWKANDA

Western Cape Network on Disability

Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities

Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability

Worcester Business Improvement District

Worcester Standard

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