Eersterust Care and Training Centre

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Eersterust Care & Training Centre in 2010 celebrated 30 years of serving the mentally and physically disabled in the previously disadvantaged communities to the east of Tshwane.The well-equipped centre facilitates disabled children, youth and adults empowering them to function maximally at the protective day care centre. Intervention programmes are managed to develop cognitive, motor communication and psycho-social levels encouraging the disabled to function as independent as possible in society.The centre was built by the community consisting of an administration block, eight large fully equipped classrooms, kitchen, recreational and dining hall, security/care-takers accommodation, storage and secure lock up garages. A new therapy centre, sponsored by NLDTF was built in 2004 to be used by speech, physio, occupational and music therapists. The Therapy Unit was fully equipped by donors.The centre is managed by a Board of Twelve Trustees (BBBEE compliant), represented by parents and the community. The Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting through nominations and voting rights. Messrs PriceWaterhouse Coopers audit statements that are published in the Annual Report which is circulated to government departments, including the NPO & SARS directorates, local businesses and community representation.The Association incorporated under Section 21 of the Companies Act, 1973, is registered as a Non Profit Organisation and is exempted from Taxes and Duties in terms of section 18A with SARS.

We aim to serve and uplift the historically disadvantaged areas of Eersterust, East Lynne, Mamelodi and Nellmapius by providing basic job skills and social services to children, youth, abused, disabled and uneducated. Job training and creation will ultimately provide education, self-sustainability and community upliftment enabling the clients of the centre as well as local unemployed people from the community to reach their full potential.AIMS AND OBJECTS1. To improve and develop our mentally and physically challenged children to their full potential in the community through intervention programmes. A full stimulation programme will be implemented to develop their cognitive, motor and communication skills.2. To give support to parents through counseling services and to improve their home programmes and other centre activities.3. To train staff through in-service training programmes and to improve their remuneration. 4. To build a good working relationship between management, staff, parents and children. 5. To raise the necessary funds to sustain the ongoing programmes. 6. To work on awareness programmes in the community. 

Home based programmes on a weekly basis to children who cannot attend the centre.Specialized programmes for Down Syndrome, Austistic and Cerebral Palsey children.Parents support and counselling services by Social Worker.Transport and feeding schemes for all our children.Bargain shop for lower income groups.Assist with the screening and processing of social grants and pension applications.A well equipped Toy Library available at the centre for community use.ServicesSpecialising in caring for profoundly and severely handicapped childrenPre-school training for children with physical and mental disabilitiesSpecialised programmes for Down Syndrome, Autistic and Cerebral Palsy childrenProtective Work Centre for young adults Life and Job Skill CoachingParent support and counselling servicesTransport and feeding schemes for all children attending the centreWell equipped toy libraryPhysio, Speech, Occupational and Music Therapy programmesLife SkillsHome based care training (job coaching and placement programme) for mentally challenged young adultsComputer Training (Job Coaching and Sustainability Project)Screening and processing of social grants and pension applicationsOutreach programmes in East Lynn, Mamelodi and NellmapiusFeeding Scheme & Food ParcelsSelf Sustainability Projects – Commercial Vegetable Garden and Bargain Shop (lower income group

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