Developmental Social Work Services

WCAPD believes that by investing in Social Workers and related staff and building their capacity, we can ensure the rendering of professional, developmental social work services and good practices to persons with disabilities, their families and communities. WCAPD support, services and resources for social workers and related staff includes:

Social Work Supervision

Social workers and related staff can engage in Monthly and bi-monthly individual supervision...

Performance Management

Performance management is an integral part of WCAPD’s planning process...

WCAPD Ukhula

Ukhula is a Xhosa word that means “grow” or “to grow”. It speaks of change; the action of increasing; to become stronger; to expand or to advance...

Peer Support

How can they possibly know what they are talking about if they have never had the same experience...

Social Work Supervision

Social workers and related staff can engage in
• Monthly and bi-monthly individual supervision;
• Bi-monthly Individual Consultations;
• Quarterly Group supervision;
• Quarterly APD Branch group supervision
to build their knowledge, capacity and resilience in rendering developmental
social services while upholding the human dignity of persons with disabilities.

Performance Management of social workers
and related staff

Performance management is:
• an integral part of WCAPD’s planning process,
• helps the employees to improve their performance,
• helps grow employees skills, knowledge and depth of service delivery
and aims to improve performance of both the employee and the Association and services to persons with disabilities

WCAPD Ukhula Life skills Groupwork program

Ukhula is a Xhosa word that means “grow” or “to grow”. It speaks of change; the action of increasing; to become stronger; to expand or to advance. Persons with disabilities are often deprived of or have limited opportunity for growth due to inaccessibility, attitudes, stigma and other societal barriers.

In response to WCAPD’s vision of an inclusive society in which persons with disabilities are equal and active citizens, the UKHULA programme was developed. The aim of the programme is to make individuals see growth and development within themselves, their community and the bigger society. For them to plant a seed that could germinate, grow and evolve as they discover their hidden abilities and talents; and in turn can impact others around them to learn that they too have a voice and life purpose.

The WCAPD Ukhula programme consists of two parts. The one part is mainly to be used and implemented by Social Work staff with adult clients in the community or in centres, such as Protective Workshops. The other part, called the Ukhula Play & Learn Programme, is to be used with children with disabilities – either in Special Care Centres or with groups of children in the community.

The Ukhula program can be used in facilitating:

• Adult support groups,

• Life skills groups,

• Parent/Caregiver support groups,

• Sibling groups,

• Activity groups

• Outreach programs (out of centre program) including children with disabilities together with their care giver:
– who cannot access day care centers due to distance;
– who are on the waiting list
– in a holiday program

• Centre Based (Day care centre), where Play and Learn activities are included in the stimulation program.

Peer Support

None of us are willing to listen to advice given from someone who has never been in our shoes. How can they possibly know what they are talking about if they have never had the same experience?

The same applies to disability. The best person to discuss the challenges faced by someone with a disability is someone who lives that life daily. Interested persons with a disability are trained as Peer Supporters on various aspects of disability, prevention and health promotion, and then give support to others with a similar disability in their communities.

The project embraces the principles of Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) where organisations work together with people with disabilities in providing services – Nothing About Us Without Us!

• to understand their roles and functions within their communities,
• and to serve as a support service to social workers,
• to serve as a reliable resource for social workers to ensure optimal inclusion of persons with disabilities witin their programs.

• effectively use the Peer Support program, ensuring accessible and inclusive social work services to persons with disabilities and their families
• manage, oversee and monitor the Peer Support program.
• effectively administer the Peer Support program.

Please reach out to our offices at Tel. 021 555 2881 or email director@wcapd.org.za to connect with your local APD Peer Supporters.