Foster parents get finance-wise help

2017-06-20 06:00
Esterline Martin, social work supervisor at Lentegeur Hospital, explains the importance of financial management to foster parents who attended a financial management-themed workshop at the hospital.

Esterline Martin, social work supervisor at Lentegeur Hospital, explains the importance of financial management to foster parents who attended a financial management-themed workshop at the hospital.

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Lentegeur Hospital’s social work staff hosted an interactive financial management workshop on Tuesday last week for participants in the Rose Parent Project.

Ricardo Rossouw, a social worker at the hospital, says the project is a foster care programme which provides living options for institutionalised psychiatric and intellectually disabled patients of the hospital.

He says the workshop focused on giving project participants the necessary skills to provide valuable financial help and guidance to the patients they care for.

“Managing your finances is probably one of the single most important accomplishments you can achieve. Nevertheless, this is a skill not many have achieved, therefore it is important for us to provide an opportunity for our Rose parents to refine their financial skills,” explains Rossouw.

The project has been in existence for more than 28 years. To date, more than 200 patients have been placed with over 100 families in 14 suburbs around Cape Town.

“The Rose parents are ordinary individuals living in the community with no special skills, but what they do have is the heart and capacity to care for others. They are not remunerated for their services and hence do not receive any form of compensation for the great work they do,” says Rossouw.

He explains that workshops take place quarterly and are hosted by the hospital.

“The various workshops focus on providing support and upskilling the Rose parents and patients,” Rossouw says.

V For more information contact Ntathu Mfiki, social worker manager, at ntathu.mfiki@westerncape.­gov.­za or Esterline Martin, social work supervisor, on 021 370 1111 or esterline.martin@westerncape.­gov.za.

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