5 November 2020
NORTH WEST – The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, is set to officially launch the Letlhakeng Community Care Centre and the Safe Space for Men in Letlhakeng la ga Sedumedi, Tlokweng in the North West Province.
The Lounge will provide men and boys of all ages, a safe space to engage in open, non-judgmental conversations, where they can be “vulnerable” in the presence of their peers.
It will also serve as a space where men and boys can access services such as HIV testing and psychosocial support services.
Research shows that most men are reluctant to seek treatment or services in public facilities as compared to women. Young boys will be paired with positive male role models in their communities to mentor and guide them towards positive masculinity and healthy lifestyles.
The Letlhakeng Community Care Centre will provide psychosocial care and support services and skills development to orphans and vulnerable children, including child-headed households and youth. Letlhakeng is the third of the 6 Community Care Centres being constructed in the North West Province.
With financial support from KfW (German-state owned development bank) to the tune of over Nine Million Euros, the Department has built 17 Community Care Centres that are at various phases of construction in three provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and North West.
The community care centres will also serve as service points to bring government services on the doorstep of rural communities. This will include services rendered by the Departments of Social Development, Home Affairs, Health and public entities such as SASSA and NDA amongst others.
The goal of building community care centres in rural communities is to enhance the quality of services to orphans and vulnerable children within their own communities of origin and to complement existing child-protection interventions and services such as Home Community Based Care, drop-in centres, Isibindi, childcare forums and early childhood development.
Under the Home Community Based Care programme, the Department renders early identification, psychosocial support and referrals for orphans and vulnerable children as well as capacity building programmes for community caregiver groups and facilitation of support groups.