HOPE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Give disabled children the best possible start in life and the support they need to cope with the pressures of the world...
Welcome to the website of the Sunshine Association, the non-profit organisation that supports children with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, their families and communities.
As the Sunshine Association believes early intervention is crucial to the development of these children, we offer an early intervention programme to children with disabilities/delays from the age of 18 months. What makes us so special is our passion for children with disabilities, our holistic approach and our dedicated staff who go out of their way to better understand and service the special needs of each individual child.
In addition to providing day care centres for children, we also offer families training and home care programmes to assist them with supporting and developing their children with special needs.
The Sunshine Association partners with business organisations and community groups to grow the capacity of emerging projects for children with disabilities/delays. These projects are rolled out over two to three years.
Our philosophy of partnership with parents is strengthened through training on issues that equips parents with skills, understanding, knowledge and confidence in support of the development of their children with disabilities.
Training needs are identified through annual needs assessments and regular communication with parents. Topics covered during regular training include: Positioning; Feeding; Parenting Skills; Importance of Play; Making of Toys from Waste; Medication, amongst others. The hands- on practical training /workshops are conducted by our dynamic team of Therapists and Social Workers.
Training / workshops on financial management are also done to encourage independence and this in the hope that parents take responsibility for their own destiny. A Homebased Family Support programme is offered to families whose children are too young to be accommodated in the day care programme to ensure stimulation is introduced at an early age.
Therapeutic counselling and referrals of families to appropriate resources if required is managed by our Social Work division. Child Protection and Family preservation as prescribed by the progressive children's Act 38 of 2005 as amended forms the basis of Social Work Intervention for families in both the Early Intervention Day Care programme and Homebased programmes.
A support programme for siblings of children attached to the existing Early Intervention day-care programme and siblings of children with disabilities from the adjacent communities is offered.
This is done through support, life skills development, and education on Child Protection, academic motivation, Youth Leadership Development and Holiday/Leisure time activities.
Individuals with compassion and a sincere sense of Ubuntu give of their time, expertise and experience to assist and support us in service delivery. Recruitment is mainly done through awareness talks and is followed by a structured screening process.
Volunteers are a very special group of committed community members and augment the service of practitioners in the classroom. Their specific involvement includes assistance with classroom activities, feeding, toilet routine, transporting children on excursions and managing of charity Christmas card kiosks at shopping malls among others. Volunteers are especially trained in the Sunshine Model and the START (Strive Towards Achieving Results Together) Programme to ensure they acquire appropriate skills and abilities to be maximally involved in activities. Volunteers are needed to assist with the management of our collection tin projects. Long Service Awards are issued every second year of service.
We remain eternally grateful for the commitment and generosity of our volunteers we sincerely appreciate your assistance, thank you.
We offer a range of courses and a unique training programme to parents, caregivers and professionals who engage with children with disabilities and (intellectual, developmental or physical) delays. This programme is endorsed by experts from several universities.
We are a dynamic progressive and innovative non profit organisation committed to the development of children with disabilities, intellectual/developmental or physical delay.
We focus on early intervention in the field of intellectual disability and offer diverse services on many levels
Donate R10 by SMSing ‘SHINE’ to 38844.
For larger donations, use our banking details:
Sunshine Centre Association | Nedbank | 1972028464 | Hyde Park
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