Simondium Principals initiate 50 Food Distribution Points during Lockdown

When the lockdown regulations were enforced at the beginning of March 2020, many organisations, individuals, businesses and schools stepped up to help vulnerable people who didn’t have access to food. Two principals in the Simondium area, who happens to be married, were two of these passionate solution-finders, along with the community leaders, church leaders and organisations in their Ward 1. Liza Matthee from Simondium Primary School and her husband, Clive Matthee from  the neighbouring Bergendal [...]

By | July 31st, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Organisations Unite to Provide Psychosocial Support Amidst Covid-19

In response to the Covid-19 crisis and the rising need for mental health support in communities*, a collaborative psychosocial project has been launched by passionate nonprofit organisations in the Cape Winelands. The project’s objective is to empower frontline relief workers, social workers, teachers, aftercare staff and nonprofit employees who have contact with families during the crisis and lockdown period. Two workshops were developed by Sp(i)eel Arts Therapies Collective and Good Hope Psychological Service to equip [...]

By | July 14th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

#MandelaDay2020 | Nonprofit Initiatives in the Cape Winelands

International Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July each year, and the essence has always been to take action and inspire change.  This year, with the world experiencing increased suffering, poverty and health challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our collaborative kindness is more important than ever. As Valcare’s membership network of nonprofit organisations, we call on each and every one to be an active citizen on Mandela Day and beyond. To join the millions [...]

By | July 13th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Valcare’s C19 Response Enables More than 2 Million Meals in the Cape Winelands

After three months of operations, Valcare’s Covid-19 Response Programme has enabled an estimated 2 913 120 meals to vulnerable people in the Cape Winelands.  At the beginning of lockdown, Valcare, who specialises in managing social investments, made the decision to temporarily focus our attention on providing food support to beneficiaries of our nonprofit member organisations most affected.  A Covid-19 fund was set up with the objective to relieve hunger in communities by distributing food support [...]

By | July 7th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

From the CEO: Transitioning from C19 Food Support to Job Opportunities

At the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, Valcare made the decision to focus our immediate attention on providing food support to the vulnerable beneficiaries of our nonprofit member organisations.  Although nutritional support is not part of Valcare’s core focus, we felt that we couldn’t turn a blind eye and continue with ‘business as usual’ whilst the desperation of our neighbours were so evident. The main intervention was to raise funds to help [...]

By | June 10th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Drakenstein Child Protection Programme Focuses on Covid-19 and Beyond

In celebrating National Child Protection Week from 31 May to 7 June 2020, the main focus for the year is on protecting children throughout Covid-19 and beyond. The safeguarding of the children in South Africa has long been a pressing matter, but now, the urgency and attention needed is greater than ever. The Drakenstein Child Protection Steering Group, coordinated by Ezrah Community Training and Development NPC in partnership with Valcare, has been successfully collaborating on [...]

By | June 4th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Shining your Light without Burning Out

When we were social worker students, most of us quickly realised that our jobs will be completely different from all other jobs. We grasped that our input and dedication will have a direct influence on our clients’ lives. This job is not a ‘nice to have’, but a desperate need that millions of people are dependent on. In practice, the requirements from social workers are often incredibly demanding, but because we chose our career, we [...]

By | June 4th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Drakenstein Municipality Partners with Valcare for Covid-19 Food Security

Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, Alderman Conrad Poole, with City Manager, Dr. Johan Leibbrandt. Valcare is excited to partner with Drakenstein Municipality in providing much-needed food relief to the most vulnerable communities in the area during this time. The Municipality is contributing R1.8 million towards providing about 7200 monthly household food parcels or essential grocery vouchers to approximately 28 800 vulnerable beneficiaries in our communities. Given the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Executive [...]

By | May 22nd, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

5 Top Tips for Effective Project Management

Nonprofit organisations often need to achieve great goals with limited resources and capacity available. This includes effectively running projects to achieve intended outcomes, and to do so on time and within budget. Whether you're a fieldworker on the ground, a specialist in your area, or the CEO - almost everyone in a nonprofit organisation will need to manage a project at some stage. In the current reality of Covid-19 and the long-term effects of the [...]

By | April 29th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Valcare Coordinates Covid-19 Fund to Support Most Vulnerable in the Cape Winelands

Ivan Swartz, CEO of Valcare; Simoné de Wet, MD of Val de Foundation, and Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director and Shareholder, helping the volunteers pack food parcels. Valcare is collaborating with multiple stakeholders in the Cape Winelands to provide food to vulnerable families due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thousands of people in the region are unable to work, have lost their jobs or can't get to feeding schemes during [...]

By | April 20th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments