Plans to cast anchor in Ocean View

2019-11-26 06:00
The Anchors Away Village team in Welcome Glen.

The Anchors Away Village team in Welcome Glen.

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Anchors Away Village in Welcome Glen is raising funds for a second home in Ocean View.

The home for the intellectually disabled was registered in 1995 as a fundraising organisation, but re-registered as a non-profit organisation in 1997. The home was officially established in the community about eight or nine years ago, according to its founder, Fran Spencer Smith.

“I have a son who’s intellectually disabled and I didn’t want him to go to an institution. There are so many people and we wanted something that was a home away from home,” she explains.

The home is a safe space where residents can do small chores, socialise, use the computers, make use of the Simon’s Town Naval Base gym facilities and take part in specialised workshops for people with disabilities throughout the week.

She says that while there are homes for the intellectually disabled which are similar to Anchors Away, there are none in the far south. She met the need by opening the first village in the community and now wants to open a second home in Ocean View.

“Foetal alcohol syndrome is a huge problem in Ocean View. I would really like to do something for them.”

The syndrome is characterised by physical and mental damage in children as a result of exposure to alcohol while in the womb.

According to Fran, she wants the new home to function on a no-fee basis to adequately cater for the people with disabilities in Ocean View, whose families may not have the money to seek the proper care.

At present they have acquired the land for the home and have had sketch plans drawn up, but are still in need of funding. Smith plans to build the home out of repurposed shipping containers, which significantly reduces costs when compared to that of a brick-and-mortar structure.

To raise the capital, Fran has been hosting Golden Girls breakfasts at a restaurant called Fran’s Place in Simon’s Town once every two months since August. The next breakfast will have a Christmas theme and will be held on Wednesday 4 December at the same venue.

She says the purpose of the breakfast is twofold: to raise funds and to create a place for the elderly residents in the far south to socialise.V Contact Fran on 021 786 1321 or fran.spencersmith@gmail.com to donate or to attend the next breakfast.

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