Who is CASE
CASE has been working in Hanover Park since 2001.
In Hanover Park this violence takes root in a social context, which is marked by unemployment and poverty. In Hanover Park
- 61% of adults do not have an income
- Only 11.4% of adults have a monthly income of more than R1600.
- Less than 20% of adults have completed high school
This provides fertile ground for a flourishing gang culture, which recruits young people into the drug trade as users and merchants.
CASE empowers individuals in the community. These people, in turn, will empower other people and so on, creating a new cycle of non-violence and positive role models and leaders within a community. Through developing the individual, we believe we are impacting and changing families, and that these positive changes will have a ripple effect in the community.
In feeling safe and secure comes a new freedom for individuals – and we would like to see this freedom lived out as we learn to respect each others human rights.
CASE seeks to break the cycle of crime and violence in which young people live by equipping community members to recognise and respond appropriately to both the causes and effects of crime and violence in their communities.
CASE works through two integrated programmes:
Training and Personal Development Programme:
- Adults, particularly women, are trained in personal development and equipped with valuable skills to implement projects in the community. Adults are trained in counselling skills as well as specialist skills for specific interventions. Adults are supported, professionally supervised in terms of their clinical cases and mentored as part of their own personal development.
- Youth-in-Action is a leadership and personal development project for youth between the ages of 15-25years. A lot of attention is focused on their personal development and training in leadership. With these skills they are also trained to implement specific interventions and are given specialist training in order to run their community projects. Young people are supported and mentored with respect to their physical and mental well-being as well as their career paths and goals for the future.
- 3. Men’s Mentoring Project looks at men’s issues and their impact on community, violence and family breakdown. CASE believes that absent fathers and unhealthy male role models are key causes of violence in communities.
Community Development Programme:
CASE Counsellors are all women are from the community and staff have been trained to offer emotional and psychological support to young people in schools, in the community and to their parents through various projects:
Focused support groups:
- Women’s group
- Bereavement group
- Parent support groups
- Youth at risk groups in partnership with NICRO
- Teenage mother’s group
- Youth Support group
Care for carers:
- Professional counselling is offered to individual community members when needed.
- CASE offers clinical supervision to educators, police and other community workers.
- Care for carers workshops are run for specific groups of people
- Counselling in 13 schools
- Counselling in key community areas
- Lifeskills taught in schools
- Workshops run in community to expose people to further lifeskills teaching
- Address community forums to provide information, raise consciousness and suggest positive responses to violence in the community.
- Reading groups for children and youth held after school
Youth-in-Action leaders also have specific projects which they implement and run in the community under the mentorship of a community member:
CASE Kids Club
- Weekly after-school lifeskills and recreational programme for children 3-14years
- Music, Art, Dance & Drama session run with children and youth
- Performances by MADD youth leaders
- Weekly afterschool sports activities for children and youth
- Nature conservation and hiking group have bi-weekly workshops and excursions focusing on nature conservation
After-school Programme incorporating the above activities for children based at three schools.
Extending our impact
CASE is frequently approached by universities, civil society organizations, government departments and community based organizations to provide training for their staff or members; or to make inputs on degree courses. More recently, CASE’s work has achieved recognition in national and international fora and we are being asked to participate in policy and programme development, as well as in research to understand and improve community and public health.
While we believe the CASE model and approach to work should be shared widely, we do not think it is possible to fulfil this role, while simultaneously running a growing CBO.
Proposal for a research and training unit in community emotional health
We therefore propose separating the policy, research and training aspects of CASE from the Hanover Park operation. We envisage a research and training unit, preferably based at a University and resourced to facilitate a community of practice in community emotional health through
- Scaling up and accrediting our training programmes.
- Offering training, mentorship and support of community counsellors, community development workers and community health practitioners.
- Offering training, supervision and coaching of those taking on counselling supervision and support
- Ongoing mentorship and support of particularly community based organisations and government facilities, such as clinics and schools, to consolidate training and maintain a high standard of work.
- Research and evaluation
- Advocacy and public education