Story of Hope: From Empty Land to Garden of Healing

In South Africa, thousands people suffer from trauma on a daily basis, but do not have access to psychological help. Social injustices, poverty, substance abuse, a lack of education and unemployment are all factors that contribute greatly to a society faced with a myriad of mental health challenges. In order to contribute to the healing and well-being of South Africans and our communities, one of Valcare’s nonprofit member organisations, Good Hope Psychological Service (GHPS), offers [...]

By | October 19th, 2020|Noticeboard, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Training Schedule for Nonprofits 2021

As part of Valcare’s capacity building benefits to our member organisations, we present affordable training sessions to nonprofits in the Cape Winelands. These workshops are hosted in Paarl and aim to up-skill managers and employees in all areas of running a successful nonprofit organisation. Other online training opportunities could also be hosted throughout the year, depending on the need relevance. Who may attend the Valcare training sessions? All registered nonprofits and charitable organisations are welcome [...]

By | September 25th, 2020|Events, News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Desperate Parents to Top Autism School

Ten years ago, a couple of parents in the Paarl-area realised with shock that they will have to wait up to six years for placement in one of the two Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) schools in Cape Town. They came together, took matters into their own hands and bravely started the Boland School for Autism in Paarl. Working closely with a psychologist, the parents registered an NPO and appointed a teacher to present an autism-specific [...]

By | September 9th, 2020|News, Noticeboard, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Meet our Proteas of the Valley 2020 Women

Over the years this inspirational women’s month initiative, held in August each year, has grown in leaps and bounds and has become a highlight in the Cape Winelands calendar. The name ‘Proteas of the Valley’ was chosen last year, because just like this famous fynbos plant, these women also flourish and flower amidst harsh and difficult conditions. Due to lockdown regulations we decided to honour the ladies by telling their stories not only in written [...]

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

5 Top Tips to Effectively Manage Employees Remotely

With the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, many organisations were forced to think of new ways of working. This included setting up systems and structures to enable team members to work from their homes (or from anywhere for that matter). These measures have had a great impact on the way teams and organisations operate, with more people working from home than ever before. Shifting to a work-from-home culture during a time of crisis brings its own unique [...]

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

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

Story of Hope: From Youth Gangsters to Writers and Actors

Lantana is an area of Paarl known to be riddled with gangsterism. Over the years many lives have been negatively impacted and the community often lives in fear. Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) runs a variety of empowerment programmes at the Tiffany’s Centre in Lantana, focusing primarily on sport, feeding, job creation and educational programmes to create social change. During 2016 the violence in the area became worse than ever and Aletia Grundling, CEO of MCM, [...]

By | June 16th, 2020|Stories of Hope|0 Comments