Dignity Day held for homeless

Residents and businesses are invited to Dignity Day at the local False Bay College campus to talk to, meet and get to know those who are homeless in the Far South.

Dignity Day will be held on Friday 12 October from 10:00 to 13:00 at the campus. The open event is for the whole community to get to know, chat to and interact with some of the most vulnerable residents of the Far South. Even if people can’t volunteer on the day, they are welcome to come along, bring the family, and have a positive social experience, say the organisers.

“A high number of homeless and indigent people seek shelter, employment and safety in Fish Hoek.

“Integrating the homeless in a proactive way into the community and deepening our understanding of the issues will benefit residents and businesses.

“Revamp the Valley has partnered with Social Work Connect (run by social worker and Fish Hoek resident Marion Thomas) and the staff and students of False Bay College to hold a Dignity Day,” says Leigh Barrett, founder of Revamp the Valley.

The event is open to everyone, the organisers say.

“The students will be hosting the event and engaging in the fun activities (art, board games, sports, etc.). We need volunteers for grooming stations and work opportunities. A discussion on how people can make money through recycling will be held. It’s important to understand that a lot of the homeless may not be in a position to hold down a full-time job so temporary or part-time work is extremely valuable.”

Helpers and volunteers for all or part of the three-hour event are welcomed, especially hairdressers or barbers for personal grooming services, and aestheticians for basic manicures and pedicures. Foot spas are welcome as living on the street is very hard on the hands and feet.

“Art and other creative projects can be done on site and the event is also about having fun. We need clothing donations, rails and hangers, mirrors and temporary changing rooms for the pop-up store. Lunch will be on a ‘potluck’ basis where everyone is welcome to bring a dish to share. No plates or utensils will be provided, so please bring extra to give to someone without. No servers are required,” Barrett says.

Fun activities include board games, and local musicians are invited to bring acoustic instruments only (no drums) to teach interested parties to play.

“Businesses and human resource professionals who can guide participants through résumé building, job seeking, financial management and other practical aspects that will assist in the reintegration process, are welcome to attend the event.

“Artists are welcome to offer a handmade bowl or other item for a silent auction. They can contact the organisers for more details. We would also welcome financial or material donations, especially material donations in the way of hygiene products (preferably waterless). Financial donations will serve to cover costs and be allocated to future Dignity Days, as we hope to do this monthly,” Barrett says.

The campus has great sports facilities, so if one wants to play a game of soccer or tennis, they can bring along equipment and have fun with their fellow Fish Hoekians!V Contact the organisers at rtv.dignityday@gmail.com.

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