DURING winter holidays social workers from Greytown Child and Youth Care Centre (GCYCC) had a privilege to host a holiday programme about substance abuse and types of substances with social workers from different organisations known as Harmony Retreat. Lifeline hosted an awareness about sexual abuse and domestic violence, CYPSA about life skills and drugs. Pietermaritzburg Nicro hosted a group work with six sessions with our teenagers to give them an awareness of drug abuse, decision making, problem solving, bullying, gangsterism, consequences of crime and goal setting. During the sessions there was also ex-offender guest who was sentenced to three life imprisonment due to crime but because of his good behaviour after he was sentenced, he was given parole. He also studied psychology while he was in jail and now he is doing his final year of university. Currently, he visits youth centres to warn young people about the consequences of committing crime. During group termination Nicro awarded each child a certificate of participation. Nicro also had a writing competition under the topic: “How crime should be prevented in South Africa”. The prize for the winner was a R500 hamper. GCYCC thanked these organisations for their willingness to use their skills and abilities. Taha also strengthen our mission statement which says, “The love of God inspires the Greytown Child and Youth Care Centre to live and work for healthy children in a healthy community”. They have also been an example of servant of leadership and giving. We thank them for all their time, effort and hard work. Hopefully they accepted our appreciation and they truly have been a blessing to us and we hope that they will further network with the GCYCC. — Suppplied.