Mitchell’s Plain youngsters

2018-06-19 06:00
Children enjoyed a variety of games and entertainment including a jumping castle.

Children enjoyed a variety of games and entertainment including a jumping castle.

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A safe space to play, grow and express yourself.

This is what Restore-Rebuild Peace and Safety Centre (RRPASC) aimed to create for local youths on Youth Day.

The non-profit organisation working in the Mitchell’s Plain area hosted the Youth Day event in the open park in Hawk Crescent from 12:00 to 16:00 with the help and support of Differently Beautiful.

“We work with women and children and those who are at risk – those affected by domestic violence, bullying, gangsterism, drug addiction and trauma in general,” says director Felicia Shaw.

The organisation’s services include counselling, coaching, individual and group sessions and life skills programmes in line with the schools’ needs and individuals.

The organisation further offers leadership workshops and provides training and upskilling for women through various interventions.

The community “jam and soup drive was held in the form of an open mic session where youngsters from the area could put their talents on display and engage in issues relating to drugs, gangsterism, violence and bullying, among others.

“Youngsters got to express their views and spoke to their peers on the impact of these social ills within our communities,” says Shaw.

“The objective of the event is for our youth to speak for themselves. We held it in the park in Rocklands as part of claiming back our freedom of space and movement in areas where we feel unsafe and afraid of walking, especially for our youth. We want them to feel free and safe and want them to do what our youth is supposed to do – to have fun without being victimised and threatened.”

The entertainment included music, rapping/jamming, break dancing, face painting and a jumping castle for the younger children.

“We also held a soup and bread drive and handed out party packets that were donated and sponsored by the community and coordinated by Differently Beautiful,” says Shaw.

RRPASC was formally established in November last year, but the volunteers have been doing community work long before then, says Shaw.

The organisation was formally registered as an NPO on Tuesday 6 February this year.

“This is the organisation’s first community jam and we are hoping to make it an annual event,” she says.

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