Programmes
Programmes

Wilge Day Care Centre for Children with Special Needs

Our Wilge Day Care Centre for children with special needs is designed to accommodate up to 30 children with disabilities, from as young as 3 months of age. Currently we have 3 fully functional classrooms, accommodating 30 children with various disabilities. Our children are cared for on a daily basis between 08h00 to 15h30 and all receive a hearty breakfast and nourishing lunch as well as an afternoon snack before being taken back home by our special transport vehicles.

Interactive and facilitated therapy

We offer and support continual assessment of all our children and ensure that they receive the following therapies;

  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Music & Art therapy
  • Physiotherapy, cognitive development and body massage

In addition to stimulating the mental and physical development and hand/eye coordination of our children all receive instruction and guidance in self-feeding, toilet training, dress skills, reading and writing – all of which form an important part of the therapeutic care programmes. Parents are always encouraged to participate in the learning process and are taught how to care for and stimulate their children when not in our care.

Ongoing Staff training & Development

Upskilling and continued support of our staff is always a priority for us and we receive regular visits by volunteer therapists and medical professionals (local and international specialists in their fields) who share their knowledge and expertise with us. These staff sessions facilitate continued skill development and training in various new techniques that can be used to enhance our children’s therapy experiences. Our dedicated staff also regularly attend training courses held by the Western Cape Mental Health Forum , which keeps all our staff up to date with current developments in the education and therapy fields.

RESIDENTIAL FACILITY / ELDER CARE / ADULT DAY CARE

Our Residential Facility provides residential care and a haven from violence and abuse for 60 disabled adults from all parts of the Western & Southern Cape. Our residential complex currently consists of 5 homes, each of which accommodates 12 disabled adults and 2 house parents.

Each home is managed in an organized and comfortable environment and encourages healthy communal living. Residents each have their own private bedroom (male and female residents have separate quarters and bathroom facilities… but sadly each resident does not have their own private bathroom…) and share a communal kitchen and living area. Each resident makes a financial contribution from their monthly disability grants, towards the rent and upkeep and each one has their own responsibilities within the home.

A qualified medical nurse is on site to assist with basic health services which include the administration of medication and immunisations, incontinence management, blood pressure and diabetes control, management of bedsores, dental, visual/audio care, chiropodist services and linking to paramedic services (e.g. physio- and occupational therapy) where this may be required.

Prior to admission to this programme, residents are screened in order to determine the level of care and specific assistance required by each individual so that we may respond accordingly. They are encouraged to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically through programmes developed by us.

Residents are also given the opportunity to be employed through our WORK CENTRE, where they can learn a skill, earn additional income and develop an enormous sense of achievement and self-worth and a solid and positive work ethic which prepares them for the open labour market. With recognition to some of our residents ageing and/or becoming frail, we have adapted one of the existing residential homes into an Elder Care Unit.

This unit is specialised, to provide more intensive supervision as well as medical care for residents who are unable to assist themselves, and have no family to care for them. Those profoundly disabled adults who are not capable of participating in work centre activities are cared for at the Orion Adult Day Care during the day. This centre identifies more basic, but still productive activities that enhance the development of everyone’s personal skills.

Life skills training forms part of the daily activities at Orion through which residents are specifically taught how to handle their own money, sexual etiquette and other cultural competencies. Individual development plans are drawn up a by multi-professional team which allows each individual the opportunity to develop to their full capacity. Their families are included in these developmental plans and continually supported to assist our residents when spending time with their families away from our residence.

ORION ART CENTRE

The Orion Art Centre was launched in 2010 after realising the amazing talent our children and profoundly disabled adults have. This art is used as a tool in the awareness creation amongst the public to showcase the exceptional talent of persons with disabilities.

We are constantly looking for opportunities in galleries and exhibition centres to showcase our work and potentially use this as a vehicle in order to generate sales and income to sustain the project, funding which would then enable us to identify and start upskilling more of the artists within the organisation.

We believe that our communal society also have challenges to overcome, it may not necessarily be a physical, mental or intellectual disability so our ART CENTRE goes a long way to promote understanding and engagement.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & INCOME GENERATION

Providing the disabled person with a sense of purpose and productivity is integral to any therapeutic endeavour. It is our continued mission to maximise the capacity of disabled people for independent living and to avoid the cycle of poverty, our organisation has focused strongly on skills training and job creation. This has led to the establishment of a number of successful income generating initiatives.

Our Work Centre and work methods are well adapted for workers with a disabilities. It has the capacity for 150 disabled adults, and is staffed by 7 hands-on supervisors reporting to a Work Centre Manager. We have in the past secured a number of significant contracts such as recycling 20 000 plastic hangers per day for Hangerman/Woolworths and weighing of products for Bokomo Foods.

We are also proud of our partnership with TRW Automotive Occupant Restraints, assembling various components (i.e. seat belts and air bags) forming part of their production line. Other contracts include Mondi Plastic Containers, Ysterplaat Medical Supplies, Baltimore Aircoil Company, AMC, Powertech, Kaytech, to mention a few.

Throughout the work centre all our members are taught about hygiene, workflow, time management, machine operation and safety across a variety of machines. Many of the high-functioning adults with disabilities learn a variety of skills including specialised packaging, basic numeracy and literacy, machine operating techniques, as well as exercising their fine motor control skills.

Our work centre provides space for existing contract work partnerships, unfortunately this space is inadequate. It is utilised to its full capacity, and the organisation is in need of another building so we are able to create more job opportunities and skills development for our members and serve as additional secure storage space for incoming/outgoing stock.

The more members we are able to gain employment for will continue to assist in their own personal development and independence and serves as additional income generation for our organisation.

VEGETALE GARDENING

Orion has implemented a business approach to all we do, and to such end a vegetable growing tunnel and garden has been established with the view to growing enough vegetables to cater for the nutritional needs of the residents living in the group homes, but also to in the future be able to sell part of the crop within the community and at local markets in order to generate an income for the organization.

SPORT & RECREATION

Many of our beneficiaries have never been exposed to certain sports and recreational activities. The program therefore focuses on exposes the participants to new activities and to identify talent and interest.

We have partnered with international organizations and set up a weekly program where our participants not only have the opportunity to experience the joy of movement, but they learn new skills, they interact with their peers, they learn life skills, they build onto their talents, they receive much needed exercise and the activities are physically, mentally and emotionally therapeutic.

The program also entails a train-the-trainer program, where the participants learn how to facilitate the program and they are able to interact with other persons with disabilities from various communities.

The program is therefore aimed at empowerment. We have started up a soccer and netball team and the teams practice on a weekly basis. They also play matches against non-disabled teams which promotes breaking down the stigma that is so often associated with the term - disability.

This program has shown incredible value in building the confidence of our participants, in giving them purpose, in addressing behavioural issues and just in general the holistic well-being of the participants.

Wilge Day Care Centre for Children with Special Needs

Our Wilge Day Care Centre for children with special needs is designed to accommodate up to 30 children with disabilities, from as young as 3 months of age. Currently we have 3 fully functional classrooms, accommodating 30 children with various disabilities. Our children are cared for on a daily basis between 08h00 to 15h30 and all receive a hearty breakfast and nourishing lunch as well as an afternoon snack before being taken back home by our special transport vehicles.

Interactive and facilitated therapy

We offer and support continual assessment of all our children and ensure that they receive the following therapies;

  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Music & Art therapy
  • Physiotherapy, cognitive development and body massage

In addition to stimulating the mental and physical development and hand/eye coordination of our children all receive instruction and guidance in self-feeding, toilet training, dress skills, reading and writing – all of which form an important part of the therapeutic care programmes. Parents are always encouraged to participate in the learning process and are taught how to care for and stimulate their children when not in our care.

Ongoing Staff training & Development

Upskilling and continued support of our staff is always a priority for us and we receive regular visits by volunteer therapists and medical professionals (local and international specialists in their fields) who share their knowledge and expertise with us. These staff sessions facilitate continued skill development and training in various new techniques that can be used to enhance our children’s therapy experiences. Our dedicated staff also regularly attend training courses held by the Western Cape Mental Health Forum , which keeps all our staff up to date with current developments in the education and therapy fields.

RESIDENTIAL FACILITY / ELDER CARE / ADULT DAY CARE

Our Residential Facility provides residential care and a haven from violence and abuse for 60 disabled adults from all parts of the Western & Southern Cape. Our residential complex currently consists of 5 homes, each of which accommodates 12 disabled adults and 2 house parents.

Each home is managed in an organized and comfortable environment and encourages healthy communal living. Residents each have their own private bedroom (male and female residents have separate quarters and bathroom facilities… but sadly each resident does not have their own private bathroom…) and share a communal kitchen and living area. Each resident makes a financial contribution from their monthly disability grants, towards the rent and upkeep and each one has their own responsibilities within the home.

A qualified medical nurse is on site to assist with basic health services which include the administration of medication and immunisations, incontinence management, blood pressure and diabetes control, management of bedsores, dental, visual/audio care, chiropodist services and linking to paramedic services (e.g. physio- and occupational therapy) where this may be required.

Prior to admission to this programme, residents are screened in order to determine the level of care and specific assistance required by each individual so that we may respond accordingly. They are encouraged to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically through programmes developed by us.

Residents are also given the opportunity to be employed through our WORK CENTRE, where they can learn a skill, earn additional income and develop an enormous sense of achievement and self-worth and a solid and positive work ethic which prepares them for the open labour market. With recognition to some of our residents ageing and/or becoming frail, we have adapted one of the existing residential homes into an Elder Care Unit.

This unit is specialised, to provide more intensive supervision as well as medical care for residents who are unable to assist themselves, and have no family to care for them. Those profoundly disabled adults who are not capable of participating in work centre activities are cared for at the Orion Adult Day Care during the day. This centre identifies more basic, but still productive activities that enhance the development of everyone’s personal skills.

Life skills training forms part of the daily activities at Orion through which residents are specifically taught how to handle their own money, sexual etiquette and other cultural competencies. Individual development plans are drawn up a by multi-professional team which allows each individual the opportunity to develop to their full capacity. Their families are included in these developmental plans and continually supported to assist our residents when spending time with their families away from our residence.

ORION ART CENTRE

The Orion Art Centre was launched in 2010 after realising the amazing talent our children and profoundly disabled adults have. This art is used as a tool in the awareness creation amongst the public to showcase the exceptional talent of persons with disabilities.

We are constantly looking for opportunities in galleries and exhibition centres to showcase our work and potentially use this as a vehicle in order to generate sales and income to sustain the project, funding which would then enable us to identify and start upskilling more of the artists within the organisation.

We believe that our communal society also have challenges to overcome, it may not necessarily be a physical, mental or intellectual disability so our ART CENTRE goes a long way to promote understanding and engagement.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & INCOME GENERATION

Providing the disabled person with a sense of purpose and productivity is integral to any therapeutic endeavour. It is our continued mission to maximise the capacity of disabled people for independent living and to avoid the cycle of poverty, our organisation has focused strongly on skills training and job creation. This has led to the establishment of a number of successful income generating initiatives.

Our Work Centre and work methods are well adapted for workers with a disabilities. It has the capacity for 150 disabled adults, and is staffed by 7 hands-on supervisors reporting to a Work Centre Manager. We have in the past secured a number of significant contracts such as recycling 20 000 plastic hangers per day for Hangerman/Woolworths and weighing of products for Bokomo Foods.

We are also proud of our partnership with TRW Automotive Occupant Restraints, assembling various components (i.e. seat belts and air bags) forming part of their production line. Other contracts include Mondi Plastic Containers, Ysterplaat Medical Supplies, Baltimore Aircoil Company, AMC, Powertech, Kaytech, to mention a few.

Throughout the work centre all our members are taught about hygiene, workflow, time management, machine operation and safety across a variety of machines. Many of the high-functioning adults with disabilities learn a variety of skills including specialised packaging, basic numeracy and literacy, machine operating techniques, as well as exercising their fine motor control skills.

Our work centre provides space for existing contract work partnerships, unfortunately this space is inadequate. It is utilised to its full capacity, and the organisation is in need of another building so we are able to create more job opportunities and skills development for our members and serve as additional secure storage space for incoming/outgoing stock.

The more members we are able to gain employment for will continue to assist in their own personal development and independence and serves as additional income generation for our organisation.

VEGETALE GARDENING

Orion has implemented a business approach to all we do, and to such end a vegetable growing tunnel and garden has been established with the view to growing enough vegetables to cater for the nutritional needs of the residents living in the group homes, but also to in the future be able to sell part of the crop within the community and at local markets in order to generate an income for the organization.

SPORT & RECREATION

Many of our beneficiaries have never been exposed to certain sports and recreational activities. The program therefore focuses on exposes the participants to new activities and to identify talent and interest.

We have partnered with international organizations and set up a weekly program where our participants not only have the opportunity to experience the joy of movement, but they learn new skills, they interact with their peers, they learn life skills, they build onto their talents, they receive much needed exercise and the activities are physically, mentally and emotionally therapeutic.

The program also entails a train-the-trainer program, where the participants learn how to facilitate the program and they are able to interact with other persons with disabilities from various communities.

The program is therefore aimed at empowerment. We have started up a soccer and netball team and the teams practice on a weekly basis. They also play matches against non-disabled teams which promotes breaking down the stigma that is so often associated with the term - disability.

This program has shown incredible value in building the confidence of our participants, in giving them purpose, in addressing behavioural issues and just in general the holistic well-being of the participants.

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