Training to boost community

2016-05-24 06:00

Ocean View women will be given a boost through a new social development training programme, focusing on empowering them to make a difference in their community.

The social development project looks to provide an intervention programme for tenants of the City of Cape Town’s rental stock flats.

The project is targeting women and provides a training programme on topics such as truancy, safety for pupils travelling to school and the broken windows theory.

Women will be trained to report littering, graffiti and dumping, assist in social care and substance and abuse, as well as participating in a programme called Strengthening Families.

Abuse awarenessThe training also looks at creating awareness of domestic and gender based violence.

Currently 20 women are participating in the training, says PR councillor Patricia Francke.

There is a need for training because women in the community have a lack of skills, explains Franke. This leads to women not being self-sustainable.

The training looks to address this lack of skills, creating independent women and fostering a sense of entrepreneurship.

Empowering women“The training focuses on women due to the fact that they are the managers in the household. Women are also often easy targets for abuse. The participants will be able to apply for work after the training or can assist in the community through training others or ensuring the safety of our children by taking them to and fetching them from school,” she says.

Franke believes the training will see the women empowered and receiving new skills which will assist them in the workplace.

“The training will help women to feed and nurture others, making a positive change in their own home environment,” she says.


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