The members of the Phoenix Child Welfare Society at the AGM.
The management, officials and staff of the Phoenix Child Welfare hosted an annual general meeting, recently, and were blessed to have some very special guests in attendance, including a representative from Child Welfare South Africa (KZN).
The guest of honour was Prof Dasarath Chetty, who has served the Child Welfare movement for over 30 years in a voluntary capacity.
He spoke of the challenges, opportunities and the ethical components of social work.
He also highlighted the absence of youth involvement in voluntary work, shrinking funding from the state, poor governance in certain organisations and the competition for funding in the NGO sector.
They were also fortunate to have Ela Gandhi from the Gandhi Development Trust as an honoured guest.
She said that full-time social workers and staff are critical to the functioning of welfare organisations and funding should always include a component for staff remuneration.
She encouraged people to get together to achieve bold reforms, especially when it comes to proposed changes to the Children’s Act in respect of adoptions.
The AGM is an opportunity to reflect on the professional services provided by the society to the community. The society handled a total caseload of 956 during the past year.
In addition, group work was conducted at schools and the Child Protection team held various workshops at educational institutions, religious and community-based organisations to promote safety and protection of children at all levels.
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The society maintains offices in Whetstone, Mt Moriah and Mt Royal. In addition, the Sahara provides a healing environment for abused women and their children and is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
The Rotary Home, a partnership between Phoenix Child Welfare and the Phoenix Rotary Club, provides a home for six children in need of long or short-term residential care.
The society currently runs three homework centres that provide a safe, after-school programme for children to complete their homework and improve academic development.
The society is proud to announce the opening of phase one of its children’s home in Northcroft, Phoenix, which caters for 12 children.
Plans are already underway for phase two of the home. The community, businesses, religious and civic organisations are encouraged to get involved in any way possible to ensure the success of this project.
The KZN Charity Shop is a joint project between Phoenix Child Welfare and the Phoenix Community Centre and is based at the Phoenix Community Centre premises.
Community members are encouraged to donate new or good, usable, second-hand clothes, books, toys, toiletries and non-perishable food items. These will be sold at the charity shop or used at the children’s home.
The shop will be open once a month and the next date is on Sunday, August 4, from 8am to 1pm. For more information, contact Reeva at the society offices on 031 500-3671.
The newly elected management committee, staff and volunteers of Phoenix Child Welfare encourages members of the community, business leaders, and community organisations to engage with and support the society because together, they can uplift the community.