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.
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.
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.
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
Isiviko Health & Safety
National Lotteries Commission
Pieter de Jager Trust
Rachel Swart Fund
SN Pool Community Trust
Western Cape Network on Disability
Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities
Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability
Worcester Business Improvement District