About Us

Inclusion for ALL

Why?

WCAPD and registered APD Branches are committed to the holistic development and inclusion of the increasing number of persons...

Value Proposition

We believe that all people are deserving of respect and dignity, and everyone is to be treated with fairness and integrity...

How we do it

WCAPD is a registered Non-Profit (NPO 003-105) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 18/11/13/406), and is committed to the holistic development and...

What we do

Currently, the 5 strategic focus areas of our organization includes Good Governance, Developmental Social Services, Childcare and Education, Adult Care and Work and Employment...

Our History

On 25 February 1937 the Cape Cripple Care Association was established, the first of its kind in South Africa, following the establishment of the Invalid Children’s Aid Committee...

APD Branches

Various registered APD branches form part of WCAPD in rendering accessible and inclusive services to persons with disabilities and their families across the Western Cape...

Meet our Team

WCAPD is a team of tight knit professionals. Working for the WCAPD is not a job, it is a calling...

Partners

We are grateful for the unconditional support, assistance and collaboration of our various partners to ensure quality, accessible and inclusive services...

WHY

WCAPD and registered APD Branches are committed to the holistic development and inclusion of the increasing number of persons with disabilities in especially the Western Cape, as confirmed by Census 2022: "Western Cape is the only province that experienced a slight increase in 2022 in terms of disability prevalence compared to all other provinces, from 5,3% in 2011 to 5,4% in 2022".

The South African Human Rights Commission further states that “People with disabilities continue to lack access to adequate health and basic education, and are at risk of economic isolation with no prospect of securing employment. The sector is also particularly vulnerable to the compounded effects of discrimination and abuse.” Persons with disabilities often require inclusive and innovative approaches and opportunities to improve their quality of life and gain access to basic services, in most cases, in situations of severe poverty.

Our Vision

Inclusion for all.

Our Mission

Create, facilitate and advocate opportunities for
inclusion for all persons with disabilities.

Value Proposition

Respect

We believe that all people are deserving of respect and dignity, and everyone is to be treated with fairness and integrity

Inclusion

We embrace diversity and recognise the contribution of all individuals while including beneficiaries, volunteers, sponsors and staff in planning and decision-making

Empowerment

We strive towards independence and equality of all people and undertake to build human capacity on every level of our organisation

How we do it

WCAPD is a registered Non-Profit (NPO 003-105) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 18/11/13/406), and is committed to the holistic development and inclusion of the increasing number of persons with disabilities in the Western Cape, South Africa. Persons with disabilities often require inclusive and innovative approaches and opportunities to improve their quality of life and access basic services, in most cases in situations of severe poverty. We are passionate about building towards an inclusive society in which persons with disabilities are equal and active citizens.

The challenge of addressing poverty through social work services lies beyond the level of the provision of handouts of basic assistance. WCAPD provides not only its registered APD branches, but also various community-based service providers with a unique platform to access capacity building opportunities, encouraging them to find creative ways in which to include persons with disabilities in all aspect of society that will continuously ensure their equality and human dignity.These services need to be relevant to the personal needs experienced by persons with disabilities in vulnerable communities, accessible, inclusive and resilient within an every changing economic, political and social environment. *We work alongside various stakeholders, including persons with disabilities and their families, to achieve universal access, equality and inclusion for all persons with disabilities in the Western Cape.

What we do

Currently, the 5 strategic focus areas of our organization includes Good Governance, Developmental Social Services, Childcare and Education, Adult Care and Work and Employment.

Within each of these focus areas, Western Cape APD creates, advocates and facilitates capacity building opportunities to the 22 APD branches through the establishment, development and sharing of:
• Partnerships
• Programme Development
• Education
• Training
• Development
• Monitoring & Evaluation
• Resource sharing
• Information sharing
• Awareness raising
• Fundraising
• Providing a Communication and Marketing platform

WCAPD is committed to developing well managed, productive, sustainable, resilient and inclusive APD Branches and community based service providers to ensure universal access, equality and inclusion for all persons with disabilities in the Western Cape.

What we do

Currently, the 5 strategic focus areas of our organization includes Good Governance, Developmental Social Services, Childcare and Education, Adult Care and Work and Employment.

Within each of these focus areas, Western Cape APD creates, advocates and facilitates capacity building opportunities to the 22 APD branches through the establishment, development and sharing of:

Partnerships

Programme Development

Education

Training

Development

Monitoring & Evaluation

Resource sharing

Information sharing

Awareness raising

Fundraising

Providing Communication & Marketing platform

WCAPD is committed to developing well managed, productive, sustainable, resilient and inclusive APD Branches and community based service providers to ensure universal access, equality and inclusion for all persons with disabilities in the Western Cape.

Our History

On 25 February 1937 the Cape Cripple Care Association was established, the first of its kind in South Africa, following the establishment of the Invalid Children’s Aid Committee, the Lady Michaelis Orthopaedic Hospital, Princess Alice Orthopaedic Hospitaland St. Joseph’s Home for Chronically Invalid Children. In the same year, Lord Nuffield of England donated £100 000 to South Africa “for the development of orthopaedic surgery and for the discovery and cure of crippling disabilities.”

Cape Cripple Care Association decided that the time had come to form a national body. A conference was called in Cape Town in June 1939, the result of which was the establishment of the National Council for the Care of Cripples in South Africa. At this conference, a cripples care charter was adopted. In 1939, the trustees of Lord Nuffield’s gised National Council as executive for the Nuffield Trust.

The intention initially was to coordinate orthopaedic services to persons with disabilities but we soon realised that a far greater need lay in assisting persons to cope with social issues. We now take a holistic look at the person’s circumstances and work with them towards their own independence.

Over the years the organisation has undergone several name changes and is today known as Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, fondly shortened to WCAPD.

Our structure

WCAPD is one of 9 Provincial Associations situated throughout South Africa and affiliated to the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), which in turn is affiliated to the South African Disability Alliance (SADA) and Rehabilitation International (RI).

Registered APD Branches

Various registered APD branches form part of WCAPD in rendering accessible and inclusive services to persons with disabilities and their families across the Western Cape.

Becoming an APD branch within the Western Cape means the following:
•To establish or start an APD branch must solely be the need that comes from the community
•Western Cape APD will provide and offer guidance in the process, but do not establish a branch as the Head Office.   
•The branch is then registered with WCAPD and mandated to receive the necessary support and guidance from Western Cape APD through supervision, governance matters, branch operations and then forms part of a family network.
•The rights and responsibilities of the branch is therefore strictly stipulated in the Branch constitution.

Meet our Team

Elmien Grobbelaar

Elmien Grobbelaar

Provincial Director: Western Cape

Le-Ana van der Merwe

Le-Ana van der Merwe

Director: Southern Cape

Celista Gerber

Celista Gerber

Chief Social Worker

Martine Kock

Martine Kock

Chief Social Worker

Isabel Duvenhage

Chief Social Worker

Erica du Toit

Erica du Toit

Co-ordinator Awareness & Sensitisation

Trigeta Christians

Manager: Finance

Loren Farmer

Accounts Clerk

Terca Barron

PA to Provincial Director

Esme Makoloi

Reception

Angeline van Rooy

PA to Provincial Director

Louine Griessel

Social Worker Resource Development

Gary Shorkend

HR Consultant

Shaheeda Dollie

General Worker

Partners

We are grateful for the unconditional support, assistance and collaboration of our various partners to ensure quality, accessible and inclusive services to persons with disabilities and their families in the Western Cape. By taking hands and joining forces, we work towards inclusion for all!