Caring beyond call of duty

2016-06-14 06:00
 Photo: supplIed Timothy and Breanda at a family braai.

Photo: supplIed Timothy and Breanda at a family braai.

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CAREWAYS, a non-profit organisation that reaches out to intellectually impaired adults, was established in 1997 in response to the enormous need for services for intellectually impaired people.
According to board member Jackie Scullard, the board comprises family members and concerned people and oversees and administers workshops in Kloof and Kwandengezi, run entirely by staff and volunteers.

“Careways is, as the name suggests, a caring organisation that reaches out to intellectually impaired adults with the goal of providing care for those involved in a balanced programme of activities, and to provide a service to families and care givers of people who are intellectually impaired.
“These objectives are pursued within an environment underpinned by Christian faith and values. The Kloof workshop focuses on the intimacy and individual attention afforded by small group interaction.
“Managers run a balanced programme that includes academics, crafts, physical exercise, music and dance, social and life skills, cookery, outings and fun.
“Salaries and running costs are met by reasonable fees and by fund-raising efforts. In addition, handcrafts made at the workshop are sold at the market at the end of each year. The workshop is accommodated in a purpose-built room at the Kloof Methodist Church and is open daily.

“The centre is run by committed and enthusiastic volunteers as the families cannot afford to contribute to running costs. The community can help the organisation by volunteering a skill, because it is good for our members to learn new skills.
“The community can also help by donating craft materials like wood, ceramics, wool, fabric, tapestry cotton, paint, beads and paper, which supports our craft market held annually at the Kloof workshop.
“The public can also assist by donating educational material. We need board games, computer games, puzzles, books and magazines. Assistance can also be offered by transporting members to the Kwandengezi Section and on educational outings. We also need support on our annual golf day,” said Scullard.

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