A powerful partnership with impact

Anjonet Jordaan -- Mon, 10/12/2015 - 15:49

A powerful partnership with impact

The Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University is closely involved in the Vaal Triangle Community through community engagement and research to the benefit of communities surrounding the campus.

The Social Work subject group within the School of Behavioural Sciences have fostered a mutually beneficial relationship with Child Welfare SA (CWSA) in Vanderbijlpark. Many Social Work students from the Vaal Triangle Campus do the required practical work and internships with CWSA.

In turn, lecturers like Dr Elmien Truter, work part-time as a social worker at CWSA in Vanderbijlpark on cases of child abuse and neglect, working closely with her supervisor Magda de Man.

During Child Welfare SA, Vanderbijlpark's recent fundraising event at Quest Conference Estate. On the left Dr Elmien Truter (NWU) and on the right Magda de Man (CWSA).
During Child Welfare SA, Vanderbijlpark's recent fundraising event at Quest Conference Estate. On the left Dr Elmien Truter (NWU) and on the right Magda de Man (CWSA).

Remaining part of social work practice, while preparing the next generation of social workers allows Dr Truter to stay on top of changes in social work practice, relevant legislation, and to better prepare students to better deal with real world realities they will face in practice.

Organisations such as Child Welfare SA face a difficult road to keep their doors open and serve the community. Only 50% of their staff’s salaries are subsidised by the government; the money for the remaining 50% of staff salaries, as well as operational costs and fees for foster children’s therapy SWSA must raise themselves.

 

Child Welfare SA, Vanderbijlpark

Recently, CWSA Vanderbijlpark held a very successful event to raise money. During the event five paintings by artists such as Magda Josh, Louisa Meneze, Charlotte van Lier and Anita Volschenk, four flights in a two-seater airplane, weekends at Emerald Casino, as well as a few other unique items were auctioned off. Approximately R20 000 were raised for CWSA Vanderbijlpark.

Child Welfare SA, Vanderbijlpark's logo Paintings auctioned off during CWSA, Vanderbijlpark's recent fundraising event

Obviously CWSA still needs support from the community in the form of money, food, clothes and bed-linen to continue serving the most vulnerable: neglected and abused children. If you would like to contribute to Child Welfare SA in Vanderbijlpark, you can contact them: 016 933 2022 or wlfarevdb@mweb.co.za .