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

Proteas of the Valley 2020 | Nominate Inspirational Women in the Cape Winelands

It’s that time of the year again. With National Women’s Month taking place in August, Valcare will once again be honouring the incredible women who make the Cape Winelands a better placeJust like the magnificent protea that grows and thrives in dry and mountainous terrain, these women flourish, flower and bring joy despite difficult conditions. And there couldn’t be a more fitting time to celebrate the hope carriers who have stood strong before and during [...]

By | June 11th, 2020|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

Proteas of the Valley | Honourary List of Women

The list of inspirational women in the Cape Winelands that have been honoured by Valcare as Proteas of the Valley include: 2020 Albernita Francis Asiphe Khumalo Belinda de Jager Carien van Zyl Carmen Ludick Dalene Minnies Elizabeth Arendse Eunice Ralarala Geraldine Gordon Helen Latrobe Henriette Claassen Lamees de Klerk Liza Matthee Merencia Jooste Shireen Willemse 2019 Adriana Francke Anthea Irene Williams Charlene Elliot Christalene Newing Corné van Heerden Johanessa Viljoen Katie van [...]

By | June 9th, 2020|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