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Heatherdale Today

Today, Heatherdale exists as a place of safety and care for all children at risk; i.e. for those whose lives have been traumatised and disrupted by various social problems (financial difficulties, drug/alcohol problems, physical abuse, neglect, etc).

These children are considered “at risk” were they to continue living in their community of origin.

Currently, we cater for around 25 boys and 30 girls, aged between 4 and 18. The children are placed in our care by the Commissioner of the Children’s Court, with a social worker testifying that their home environment places them at risk, and that they need to be removed from that environment.

While our aim is to provide a place of refuge for these children, we also believe that, ideally, the best place for them is at home with their families and communities of origin, and that their stay at Heatherdale should be a temporary one.

This is why we engage with the families right from the start – assisting them in addressing the problems in the home, in the hope that, as soon as possible, the children can be back where they belong – in a safe and nurturing family environment.

In the meantime however – while the children are in our care – we aim to provide them with all the support, encouragement and anything else they need to reach their potential.· Indeed, our concern is not just for their physical needs – we are also intent on building up the children, educationally, emotionally and spiritually.

With this in mind, we offer a range of comprehensive programmes that encompass areas such as life skills training, therapeutic services sporting activities, spiritual development and educational support. These services are tailored to the unique needs of each individual child, and are based on an Individual Development Plan (IDP) we draw up for the child upon arrival at Heatherdale.

Given all the hard work required of us, and the significant challenges we face us on a daily basis, we are grateful to have been blessed with loyal and dedicated staff – people who are always willing to give more than what is expected of them.

Together, we will continue striving to create and maintain a homely atmosphere – a place where children can feel loved, secure and protected, and are empowered to re-enter the community as productive members of society.

Today, Heatherdale exists as a place of safety and care for all children at risk; i.e. for those whose lives have been traumatised and disrupted by various social problems (financial difficulties, drug/alcohol problems, physical abuse, neglect, etc).

These children are considered “at risk” were they to continue living in their community of origin.

Currently, we cater for around 25 boys and 30 girls, aged between 4 and 18. The children are placed in our care by the Commissioner of the Children’s Court, with a social worker testifying that their home environment places them at risk, and that they need to be removed from that environment.

While our aim is to provide a place of refuge for these children, we also believe that, ideally, the best place for them is at home with their families and communities of origin, and that their stay at Heatherdale should be a temporary one.

This is why we engage with the families right from the start – assisting them in addressing the problems in the home, in the hope that, as soon as possible, the children can be back where they belong – in a safe and nurturing family environment.

In the meantime however – while the children are in our care – we aim to provide them with all the support, encouragement and anything else they need to reach their potential.· Indeed, our concern is not just for their physical needs – we are also intent on building up the children, educationally, emotionally and spiritually.

With this in mind, we offer a range of comprehensive programmes that encompass areas such as life skills training, therapeutic services sporting activities, spiritual development and educational support. These services are tailored to the unique needs of each individual child, and are based on an Individual Development Plan (IDP) we draw up for the child upon arrival at Heatherdale.

Given all the hard work required of us, and the significant challenges we face us on a daily basis, we are grateful to have been blessed with loyal and dedicated staff – people who are always willing to give more than what is expected of them.

Together, we will continue striving to create and maintain a homely atmosphere – a place where children can feel loved, secure and protected, and are empowered to re-enter the community as productive members of society.

 

 

 

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