Newsletter – December 2016

Newsletter

Substance abuse is recognised as one of the greatest health and social problems in South Africa. Our main focus is on helping youth recover from substance abuse disorders. Our team of social workers and counsellors also assist adolescents with other problems they may face including trauma, abuse, neglect, depression and physical debilitation. We serviced 160 learners this quarter across our three school-based sites.

New treatment programme

We are hard at work developing a new and improved treatment programme tailored to adolescents and we got to test parts of this new programme this term with great success. We will continue this work next term. The different programmes we offer does not only help adolescents overcome their issues, but also motivate and empower them to change they circumstances.

New office!

After many years of dreaming about centralising our services to one main office, it has finally become a reality! The Stellenbosch office was opened on the 14th of November 2016. It took a lot of hard work and generous donations of furniture from the greater Somerset West community. We are still looking for a bit more furniture, so if you have any to spare, please contact us!

New address: 5 Merriman Place, Merriman Avenue, Stellenbosch!

Research

We completed our 5th annual grade 12 research this term. As an outcome of this research, we gave approximately 60 matric learners at one of the schools four study workshops (delivered over two weeks).

Fleeting Time photography graciously donated a photoshoot to us, which included a pictures of our team (see picture above). We wish to thank photographer Jennifer Venter for this amazing experience and the beautiful photos that came as a result.

The 9 Miles Project generously donated furniture to our new office and has very kindly offered surfing lessons to a handful of our learners. They now look forward to a fun-filled day on the beach next term!

 

Hands-On Project

Substance Abuse Awareness Day takes place on the 26th of June 2016. Learners and teachers came to our fun awareness event that week, painted their hands and showed their support for substance abuse awareness.

Mental Health Awareness Project

On the 14th of October, we hosted a Colour-your-Friday fundraising project honouring Mental Health Awareness Day. At this event, we spray painted the hair of the students as well as teachers. The event was well received and there was a great turn out of people who participated in this joyous event.

Volunteer with us!

We are looking for volunteers to help us tutor the learners in our programmes new term! Please email us for more information!

Newsletter - December 2016

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