In the Helderberg and Stellenbosch municipal areas, over 3600 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are receiving disability grants (SASSA, 2014). PWDs experience daily barriers such as no accessible public transport, inaccessible terrain for people with physical disabilities due to the historical design of towns and lack a lack of employment opportunities.
We are committed to addressing these barriers in partnership with our beneficiaries. Our Peer Support Programme trains a select group of PWDs as mentors, who is able to support their peers and assist them with managing and overcoming these barriers. It is self-sustaining and speaks to building communities from the inside out. The barriers that PWDs face on a daily basis is best addressed by PWDs themselves.
The Peer Support Programme has been piloted at ten branches of Western Cape APD for 3 years across the province. The outcomes of the programme include over 7856 interventions to people with disabilities (PWDs) previously unknown to the disability sector and not receiving any services or support.
According to the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ratified by RSA in 1997), peer support is recommended as the most effective strategy in promoting inclusion and addressing barriers to participation. The World Health Organisation Community-based Rehabilitation guidelines (2010) also recommends using the peer support strategy to effectively delivery services to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in developing countries.
For more information on this programme, contact us.