Category: Health, Kids, Social Services
There are very few homes for profoundly intellectually disabled children and youthful adults in Cape Town that do not stipulate acceptance based on gender, faith or a specified disability eg autism etc. Thus the Woodside Special Care Centre is one of a kind. Woodside exists for a small percentage of the many marginalized people in our Cape Town community by providing specialized residential care for 80 profoundly intellectually and physically disabled citizens. It started in 1976 as a residential home in Rondebosch East, Cape Town, for profoundly intellectually and physically disabled children and young adults. Today our focus is much wider than just being a place of safety and loving care. As the majority of our 80 residents have medical problems, Woodside provides 24-hour nursing care, regular physiotherapy and occupational therapy in the quest of preserving life, ensuring maximum development and preventing further physical disability.
Sadly 20 of our vulnerable residents are not so blessed. Some of them have been placed with us as Wards of the Court by the Department of Social Services due to the horrors they experienced at their family “home”. For those who don’t know, people with profound intellectual disability have the mental age of a two year old even at maturity, so intellectually they will be ”toddlers” forever. And no toddler or child should ever have to suffer abuse of any kind, whether sexual, physical, neglect or abandonment in any place – especially their home – where they should feel safe.
Cost of entry: R1200.00
Challenge: We are celebrating 40 years in 2016 and therefore want to use this opportunity as much as possible to bring awareness to the work that we do. We challenge our riders to raise funds to the value of R2800.00 or more by Friday 10 March 2017.