Community Cohesion

Aalwyn Place of Safety is a stage 2 shelter operated by Community Cohesion.

For women and their children to be accommodated at Aalwyn, they need to undergo an assessment which is done by the referring social worker, either from a stage 1 shelter or by the DSD in the region.

Upon entry to our shelter, our client will see our Therapeutic Social Worker who will do a more comprehensive assessment, taken through the rules and regulations of the shelter and will be assisted with their basic needs.

Once they are settled in, they will contract with our Therapeutic team to receive psycho-social support services, which includes individual sessions, group sessions and therapeutic group.  They are also eligible for up-skilling in areas identified by themselves and their therapeutic team, which is aligned with their Individual Development Plan.

When the client is ready to leave Aalwyn, usually after a three month stay, an exit strategy will have been decided upon between the Aalwyn team and the referring Social Worker.  This can include being reintegrated into her community should she wish to do so, or assistance, as much as possible to relocate and establish herself in the community where our Shelter is.

Michelle:
Michelle (not her real name) was our very first client at Aalwyn. She was a drug addict who has been in and out of shelters for over ten years. Three of her children are in foster care and the youngest has been going in and out of shelters with her. She completed her rehab program at Saartjie Baartman shelter and was referred to our shelter.

Michelle’s dream was to become a home-based carer. She had theoretical training before in homebased care and had her first aid level one training. Through skills development, Michelle completed a basic first aid level two course at Aalwyn. We also arranged for her to gain experience and training in home-based care through a private homebased care service in Moorreesburg. Michelle then became a permanent worker and started to earn an income. We were able to assist her with settling in a room here in the rural town where our shelter is and to encourage her to build herself up through this employment opportunity.

Through our empowerment program, we were able to encourage her to put her daughter in a pre-school as well which she did. After exiting the shelter Michelle became registered at the council as an official Home-based Care Nurse. She now does private work and has a steady income, has her daughter in school and is able to give support to her other three daughters who are in foster care. Michelle has been clean from drugs ever since completing her rehab program and finishing her shelter program by Aalwyn.

We have a Vision of a South Africa where all our citizens are afforded access to psycho social developmental support and training so that they are able to realise their potential, irrespective of their socio-economic situation.

We have a Mission to provide psycho social support and training in our most marginalised communities so as to nurture actively engaged citizens who continue to participate in their personal development to enable them to break the cycles of poverty (intellectual, emotional and physical) and violence prevalent in our society.

  • To work towards the reintegration of children with their own families or caring families in the community.
  • To provide support to abused women and their children irrespective of race, religion or colour.
Housemother
082 644 2880
Social worker
066 319 3846

Social Auxilliary worker
chantell@communitycohesion.co.za
Ops manager
shameez@communitycohesion.co.za
Director
bronwyn@communitycohesion.co.za
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