Volunteers ready for community

2015-07-23 06:02


In front are Carlo Williams, the MenCare and Training coordinator for Mosaic, Nomaphelo Mxasa, Zanele Mqu, Thabita Mdleleni and Siyabulela Ndzeke. vAt the back are, from left, Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene, the station commander at Khayelitsha Pol

In front are Carlo Williams, the MenCare and Training coordinator for Mosaic, Nomaphelo Mxasa, Zanele Mqu, Thabita Mdleleni and Siyabulela Ndzeke. vAt the back are, from left, Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene, the station commander at Khayelitsha Pol

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Ten Khayelitsha trainees who have undergone training in basic counselling and domestic violence and are ready to render voluntary services to their respective communities, have received certificates of recognition for their efforts.

The event was held at the Khayelitsha Police Station.

The volunteers, who come from various sections of the area, finished The Toolkit for Men Counselling in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence which lasted for 10 days in April.

The training was conducted by Carlo Williams, the MenCare and Training coordinator for Mosaic.

Their counselling will focus mostly on domestic violence.

Pastor Zuko Kewana, 31, of the Alfa and Omega Healing Ministry in D Section, said the training will not only help his community, but will also come in handy for his congregants.

“I will implement the skillsto mend broken families, it is a good thing to be equipped with knowledge to resolve the problems that families face. This has always been my dream(counselling). I will make this a career,” Kewana said.

Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene, the station commander at Khayelitsha Police Station, said one of their priorities was to stamp out violence meted out against women and children.

Mene encouraged the volunteers to give their all to help those who will come to the police station needing their help.

“I want us to start a sustainable relationship. It will really help us. Welcome on board. We deal with people who are fragile and emotional, so I hope having you on board will help us a lot. It is very important to have volunteers in the police station,” Mene said.

She also revealed that she is in negotiations with Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) and other departments to have officials who will always avail themselves at the police station to help those who need their help.

She also said she will hold monthly meetings with the volunteers.

Williams said there was a greater need for men to be involved in care-giving programmes.

“We have a problem of absent fathers in the country. The victims of domestic violence need support and it is important to include men in programmes to curb such behaviour.

I hope the training will produce a mind-shift and bring changes to the area. I also hope that you will apply what you have leant in the training,” Williams said

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