Social development and upliftment are a priority for the VRCID. With the growing number of homeless and jobless people, the VRCID appointed a full-time Social Development Manager (registered Social Worker) and 2 Field Workers to liaise with especially the homeless on a daily basis. Together with our partners, MES, The Haven, Tygerberg Street Peoples Association amongst others, we provide funding for them to provide much-needed services.
These services include, amongst others, family reunifications, application for social grants, applications for identity documents, basic health services and also assisting with short-term shelter.
Together with the City of Cape Town Social Development department, the VRCID actively promotes the GIVE RESPONSIBLY campaign. This is an awareness campaign to raise awareness that simply by giving to those begging on the streets, might not have the desired effect. In many instances, this money is used to buy alcohol or drugs. We would rather the public to give of their time and money to NGO’s that the VRCID works with.
Social Development team
Wilma graduated from the University of the Free State with a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences (Social Work) and has been the Social Development Manager of the VRCID, since July 2012. She has vast experience in general Social Work. She piloted a residential development programme for destitute young adults, while working for Echo Youth Development in Pretoria and gained valuable insight in the plight of the homeless while working with the children of destitute and poverty-stricken parents at the Ark Christian School, before joining the VRCID. Wilma also serves on the Boards of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum and Tygerberg Association of Street People.
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Please support the organisations in our area who deal with people living on the streets on a daily basis, which are: