Gladstone Road Child and Youth Care Centre
The “Hugenoot” Dutch Reform Church of Bloemfontein was involved with a House “Lentedou” at “Ons Kinderhuis”.
On 5 March 2002 an exploring interview was held between the management of the church council and the Head office of Free State Youth Care Centres. The aim was to discuss the possibility of starting a decentralised youth care centre within the church boundaries. A follow up meeting was held on 25 April 2002. During the Circuit meeting for the Circuit of Bloemfontein North, the matter was discussed in depth. The Dutch Reformed congregations of "Bloemfontein North", “De Bloem”, “Hugenoot” and “Berg-en-Dal” decided to proceed with the project. At the first meeting of the Action committee, held on 14 October 2003 the following committee members were chosen: Rev. Jannie Smith was elected as chairperson, Rev. Charles James as vice chairperson and Mrs. Ansie Rall as secretary.
Mrs. Marthie Taylor, who was previously employed by “Ons Kinderhius”, was appointed as the first child care worker.
Different premises were investigated in the Bayswater suburb. The management recommended that NG Welfare buys the house at 65 Gladstone Road from the Missionary commission. It was bought for R360 000.00. The house was alerted to provide in the needs of a youth care centre. While the alterations were done, a house was hired at 16 Rayton Road for a period of one year. Twelve children were transferred from the “Ons Kinderhuis” to Gladstone Youth Care Centre.
Number of children in need of care in the youth care centre
The youth care centre is registered to accommodate 12 children at any given time. At present there are six female and six male children in the centre. The children are represented by the coloured, black and white race. The children attend different schools within the community, the children’s main stream schools are Bloemfontein Primary School, Bloemfontein High School and Böhmer School.
Services rendered by the youth care centre to the children of the youth care centre
The youth care centre make use of the services of a social worker. She has two therapeutic sessions with each child every quarter.
When a child is admitted to the centre a multi therapeutic team meeting is held to draw up an Individual Developmental Plan and Care Plan for each child. This plan helps the persons involved with the child to know who will render which services to the child concerned. It also helps to co-ordinate the services.
The social worker and the child and youth care worker often have discussions about the child – in this way they work together as a team.
Annually a multi therapeutic team meeting is held to evaluate the achievements and to plan ahead.
The social worker co-ordinates the services and makes the necessary arrangements for the child to receive specialised therapy for instance psychological, occupational, psychiatric, medical, neurological and spiritual.
The social workers also arranges for weekend and holiday leave to the child’s parents or host families.
The management and the child and youth care worker ensures that the child’s basic needs are met by making sure he/she has a safe house, food, clothes and education.
Services rendered by the centre to the children within the community
The youth care centre reaches out to the children in the community by supplying food and clothes.
Outstanding trademarks of the centre
The youth care centre is a project of the Bloemfontein North Circuit. It consists of four Dutch Reformed Churches namely “Berg en Dal”, "De Bloem", "Bloemfontein–North", Noordhoek and "Hugenoot". The chairperson of the child care committee is Mrs.van der Merwe.
The youth care centre has Christian values. The centre’s logo is a tree. It symbolizes that a tree should be pruned while it is still small. The management is involved with the children of the centre and often takes them for outings. During 2010 the children went to the beach. Some of the children saw the sea for the first time.
Possible ways how the community can get involved and help the centre
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. You can contribute in one of the following methods:
- Donations of clothes for the children.
- Literacy material like old books, magazines.
- Games like puzzles, board games – anything with which the children can amuse themselves.
- Apparatus like swings, sand-pit, trampoline etc.
- There is a great need for activities and funds to be utilised during holiday times since a growing number of children stay in the youth care centre for holidays.
- Cash donations are also welcome. This money will be used to enhance the budget and to buy necessary goods.
- Sponsor a child’s school necessities and toiletries.
- Sponsor a child’s therapy at a professional therapist.
- Sponsor a child to study at a technical collage.
- Sponsor a child that needs specialised medical attention like orthodontics and spectacles.
- Any in kind donations are welcome.
- Assistance with the upgrade of the youth care centre by your knowledge, financial or physical help.
- Outings to the beach and nature reserve.
- The opportunity to go to the cinemas, put-put and ten-pin bowling.
- We love visitors -please come and visit us!
Professional persons can also get involved at the youth care centre by donating their time to the youth care centre. They can get involved in the following manner:
- Involvement in the committee.
- Hosting of children for weekends and holidays – the persons must first be screened by a minister of a church and a social worker.
- To render free medical and dental services, or occupational- or emotional therapy.
Motivation of the community to get involved:
If you choose to get involved at the youth care centre you will experience the blessings of thankful and happy children faces. You will have the opportunity to experience the practical difference you have made in the quality of the children's lives. Often people report that they initially got involved at the youth care centre in order to mean something to a child. In the process they were the persons being blessed by experiencing the child’s meaning of being able to give to somebody, and how fortunate it is to be able to give. Many people say that there is more meaning in being able to give than being able to receive. In which ever way you choose to be involved in the youth care centre it is certain that you will be touched by it!
P. O. Box 22280,
Tel.: 072 207 8982
65 Gladstone Road
Particulars of staff members:
Child and youth care worker: Louise and Frik Myburg started as house parents on 1 August 2010.
General assistant: Elizabeth Groeiman
Social Worker: Mrs. Lizelle Fourie – contact number: 051-4063304. Mrs. Fourie works as social worker since August 2006 at the youth care centre. She is very fond of the children.
Rev. Jannie Smith
Rev. André Odendaal
Rev. Nico Mostert