Resource centre to benefit the unemployed

2019-07-23 06:25
Youth taking advantage of the relaunched centre to do various things.

Youth taking advantage of the relaunched centre to do various things.

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James House Child and Youth Care Centre, recently launched their resource centre to give an opportunity and space to those who are unemployed and need to use a search engine for work.

James House was established in 1986 with the aim of providing basic needs for children in need in the Hout Bay community.

They offer various programmes like Isibindi, a model which aims to create safe and caring communities in the context of HIV/Aids through the delivery of community-based child and youth care services by trained and qualified child and youth-care workers.

Among other programmes, they also have Building Emotionally Strong Teens (B.E.S.T), which is a six-month non-residential solution to prevent at-risk teenage boys and girls with challenging behaviour entering a path that may be destructive to either themselves or others.

The centre at Number 6 Riverside Terrace in Hout Bay is for everyone who wants to use it and it is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 16:00.

The centre previously known as the Life Centre, was initially sponsored by the Lion’s Club of Hout Bay, a programme also previously funded by the Department of Social Development, Future Growth and the TK Foundation. The programme closed its doors due to a loss of funding. This programme has been revived without any secured funding, but the facility owners are determined to keep the doors open to help the public.

Siya Manqunyana, marketing and public relations officer at the centre, says they saw the gap as there are a lot of unemployed people in the area.“This is a much-needed facility, we will get other people on board to keep the resource centre running. Looking at the area, Imizamo Yethu has only one internet café and it is expensive to go there. Most of the youth don’t work and paying for these services will be too much and that is why we decided to reopen the centre to help the youth surf the net and prepare their CVs because there is a great need,” he says.

Though most of the services are free, there will be a small fee that will be charged for those that needs to make photocopies.

Manqunyana says the programme has assisted the youth of Hout Bay to realise their potential, offering life skills opportunities, job placements, opportunities to complete vocational studies and family support.

“There has been an increasing demand for this service, therefore, James House gathered resources to make it happen. Although the centre is in Hout Bay, the services are open to anyone who would like to make use of them,” he says.

V For more information call Siya Manqunyana on 021 790 5616.

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