PASCAP Trust is dedicated to serving children and youth and their families living in marginalized communities in and across the Western Cape. We strive to redress social inequalities by providing quality opportunities for our youth to develop the skills and temperament they need to overcome the everyday challenges they encounter. Over the course of a year, we have served 3070 beneficiaries through the following programmes:
- After School Care (ASC) & Community Outreach
- Social Work Services
- Training: Help Desk and Accredited Training
After School Care & Community Outreach Programmes
After School Care
PASCAP Trust operates in 6 schools across the Western Cape and delivers quality ASC programmes daily. It is our goal to ensure that the programmes delivered are of benefit to the schools involved and, more importantly, the learners themselves. We strive to ensure that our after-school care programmes:
- Enhance learning, build skills and act as a platform for the youth to gain new experiences;
- Boost academic performance;
- Curb the everyday temptations that may lead to high-risk behavior;
- Provide a safe environment that parents and youth can depend on after school;
- Take place in an environment where the youth can get a sense of belonging, build their confidence, be productive and have fun while learning.
We have delivered the following programmes over the 2017/18 calendar:
Academic and Homework Support; Maths and Science Tutoring; The Big History Project; Life Skills; Fine Arts and Dance Programme; Draw for Life; Dance and Drama; Music; Sports and Recreation; Indoor activities and Indigenous games; Cooking and Baking; Leadership Programme; Foreign Affairs; and Holiday Programmes.
In total, we have proudly served 535 children and youth through our After School Programmes.
Community Outreach involves delivering life skills and awareness programmes to at-risk children and youth within disadvantaged communities. Our aim is not only to serve host schools but also to reach the greater community by:
- Serving the needs of the surrounding communities.
- Aligning programmes to particular ills that plague communities.
- Building awareness and trust in our brand and services.
Over the 2017/18 period, with the help of our team of dedicated facilitators and Social Auxiliary Work Learners, PASCAP Trust successfully reached 2214 children and youth with our Community Outreach programmes.
Social Work Services
Through this project, PASCAP offered structured Early Intervention and Out-Patient Treatment programmes to 240 children and youth at both primary and high school levels. These services are supported by prevention work aimed at addressing the larger substance abuse issues within high-risk communities in Cape Town affected by the drug trade. This prevention work was largely achieved through education initiatives and multiple awareness campaigns. Such programmes included a series of individual and group counselling sessions, home visits, parent support and counselling.
Training: Help Desk & Accredited Training
ASC organisations and centres are growing in the Western Province, a positive sign that led to a demand for quality training workshops to help build capacities for youth-specific services. PASCAP Trust strongly believes that because of the growing need for effective and professional after-school care in resource-scarce communities, it is our duty to continue to ensure that emerging ASC centres, and existing after-school programmes hoping to improve their communities, receive quality assistance so that they may make a broader impact.
In this quarter the following workshops were delivered:
- After School Care Administration
- Health and Safety
- Programme Planning
Over the course of a year, we have proudly trained 41 practitioners from 20 emerging after-school organisation and governing bodies.
The organisation delivered for the first time our Social Auxiliary Work course; 30 learners were awarded learnerships by the HWSETA and 10 private learners participated in the year course. The course aimed to equip learners with the necessary skills to apply to assist and support social workers operating in the field. Currently, 40 learners are on their way to attaining a nationally recognised qualification in Social Auxiliary Work.