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The Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre were founded in 1889 and is the oldest centre of its kind in the Nelson Mandela Metropole. In 1905, we moved into our present premises in Lennox Street, Glendiningvale, and Port Elizabeth. Our mission is to develop these youth into well-adjusted productive citizens.
In the early 1980's the Management Committee, also drawn from the Port Elizabeth community, became aware of the changing needs in our society and responded with a more therapeutic approach resulting in dramatic changes in staff requirements, qualifications and structure as well as in the new cottage system taken into use in 1984. In 1984 eight double storey cottages were built on the premises in a move away from the hostel type accommodation.
In total, we accommodate 104 children of all races between the ages of 4 and 18 years of age. The children speak Afrikaans, English and Xhosa. Our demographics split is 75% Black/Coloured and 25% White.
In addition to offering residential care, our children attend 20 different schools in our immediate community. The children’s mornings are spent at school or pre-schools. After lunch their afternoons allow for some free play. There is a two hour structured study sessions per day.
Two social workers work towards the goal to let the children go out at least once a term and every holiday to either family or weekend friends. This is done with the aim of reuniting the child with the community. Regrettably about 30 – 40% of the children do not have this privilege.
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