Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans

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Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Help 25 Profoundly Intellectually Disabled Orphans
Heidi's 60th Birthday
Heidi's 60th Birthday

Here at Woodside our main aim continues to be to make Woodside a “home from home” for all who live here, by creating a happy and safe environment for those in our care. We continue to strive to assist each resident to acquire skills that bolster their independence, individuality and self-esteem, as well as providing those in our care with outstanding nursing care, physiotherapy, stimulation therapy, learning support and medical services, so that they may live full and happy lives within their limited abilities.


Here is a brief breakdown of what has been happening at Woodside Sanctuary during the last few months of 2022

 

COVID-19 successes

 

Even though we had to face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are incredibly proud of our nursing team for ensuring that our residents remained well and healthy throughout the pandemic. Although every precaution was taken, we have had a number of residents and staff test positive for COVID throughout the various waves (69 residents and 30 staff in total). Thankfully, very single one of our residents and staff who were COVID positive, recovered fully, and to date we have not had another COVID positive test result. We firmly believe that this miraculous result is due almost entirely to the hard work and dedication of our incredible nursing team and staff.

Now that the COVID restrictions have been lowered, everyone is trying to go back to the "normalcy" we were all accustomed to pre COVID. Here at Woodside, we have also finally lessened our restrictions; however, we have kept some of our COVID regulations and policies in place, such as; staff wearing masks, and screenings which are done on staff and anyone entering the premisise. These procedures will remain in place as long as needed to help us to ensure the continued health and safety of those in our care.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

Woodside has been assisted by the Netcare team who have generously given of their time to come through to Woodside and vaccinate our residents and staff on the 16th of July 2021 and on the 2nd of September 2021. Thanks to their efforts, Woodside has managed to achieve 89% vaccination coverage within our home.

 

COVD Vaccine statistics - Staff and Residents

 

93 Staff have been vaccinated = 93%

74 Residents have been vaccinated = 85%

Total - 167 staff and residents = 89% of Woodside has been vaccinated

 

Training of Students

 

Woodside Sanctuary continues to be a preferred training facility for 4th and 3rd year nursing students from institutions such as the University of Johannesburg, WITS, Baragwanath and Ann Latsky. In addition to nursing students Woodside has also begun working with Whitestone College, and has also been providing practical training for their care worker students. Here, students get the first hand practical training they need in order to get their respective qualifications. In 2019 alone, over 300 students completed their practical training at Woodside.

Woodside has also been providing practical training for Social Work students since 2016, assisting them to complete their practical trading and serve their allocated hours of community service in order to qualify for their degrees. Our Social Worker, Mr. Pat Ngwenya has been working with WITS since 2021 and has assisted by supervising Social Work students while they complete their practical. In 2021 we were extremely fortunate to have two social worker students from WITS at Woodside who were completing their practical training here and also received guidance from our social worker online, in order to complete their qualifications. The online aspect of this was influenced by COVID-19 and the restrictions that were implemented to protect everyone.

Now in 2022, since the COVID restrictions have lessened, and the infection rate has dropped significantly, we have finally been able to allow students back to Woodside to complete their practical training. We currently have a Social Work student (from WITS) who comes into Woodside twice a week, and has in-person sessions with our staff and residents. We have also had about 50 Nursing students complete their practical training at Woodside and we are expecting more throughout the year.

 

Exposure for Woodside

 

We were contacted by MixFM’s charity department in February, to let us know that they wanted to assist Woodside by producing a short advertisement for us, which would be played on MixFM for a month. They did say, however, that they would only have another spot open in April/ May, and would contact us closer to the time.

 

Mid-March we were contacted by MixFM again, telling us that they had a spot open in April, and MixFM created the Advert which was sent to us for approval and was broadcast throughout April and played in 208 slots. In addition to this we also took part in a live interview which took place at 11:40 on Wednesday, the 11th of May. Woodside’s General Manager, Kirsten Williams was interviewed, and the interview went extremely well.

 

Since the broadcasting of the advert as well as the interview, we have seen an increase in Facebook page views and likes, and we have also been contacted by a few parents who were looking for a place for their children.

 

Challenges

Profoundly intellectual and physically disabled residents require lifelong care, and they will never be able to care for themselves or filter into “Normal” Society. Many of our residents, through improvements in treatment and medication, are living much longer lives than was originally thought possible and are actually living well into their 60s. This has resulted in additional challenges for the home as we now have residents who are developing geriatric conditions, on top of their existing disabilities. This is unprecedented globally, and we constantly have to find new and innovative ways to overcome the difficulties associated with these additional medical challenges in care.

Providing a place of excellence in care comes with continuous challenges which have a direct impact on project success. While our committee and management strive to contain costs and to increase our fundraising base, we rely heavily on donations received and are always trying to find new ways of raising funds and increasing donor interactions. This is an ongoing project and will require ongoing funding/ support because of the service Woodside Sanctuary provides. Without operational costs, we will not be in a position to offer excellence in holistic care for severe/ profoundly intellectually disabled persons.

 

Heidi’s 60th Birthday

Heidi is Woodside’s longest staying resident. She has been with us since she was a few weeks old and has been here ever since. This year. Heid has achieved an incredible milestone; she celebrated her 60th birthday on the 13th of July. This is an incredible feat for anyone, but reaching that age when also intellectually and physically disabled, is truly phenomenal.

So to honour Heidi, or Woodside’s little Matron, as she is lovingly called, we decided to celebrate her special day, with not only our regular staff and residents, but also to invite people from Woodside’s past that made a difference in Heidi’s life. Heidi’s party was a great success and Heidi especially loved being the center of attention! It was a very special day!!!

 

Donor Visits

We are so happy to report that Woodside is once again open for Donor visists. During the lockdown and various COVID waves, we were unable to allow visits to Woodside, as we wanted to do all we could to ensure the health and safety of our angels, and the best way to do this was to limit any possible exposure to the virus from outside sources. However, with the reduced COVID restrictions and the infection rate lowering substantially, we decided that it was time to allow visitor interactions at Woodside once again. This is a wonderful way, not only to help raise awareness for Woodside and persons with disabilities, it is also a fantastic opportunity for our residents as they so love interacting with people.

We had our first donor visit on Nelson Mandela day, when the team team from Denosa came to spend some time with our residents, and during September we also have some more donor visits planned.

 

In Closing

Our primary focus continues and will always be the provision of exceptional full-time care to all of our intellectually disabled residents. We strive to make Woodside a real “home from home” for all who live here, by creating a happy and safe environment for those in our care, where we are able to help and ensure that Woodside’s residents remain safe and that we are able to continue to help and assist each resident through the provision of outstanding nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical services.

Like many NPOs, Woodside Sanctuary is heavily reliant on the kindness and generosity of our donors and supporters and it is only with their compassionate assistance that we are able to continue to maintain the highest standards of care, provide excellent nursing, medical and residential care for all who live here. On behalf of Woodside Sanctuary and especially the angels in our care, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to our GlobalGiving donors and supporters for their outstanding generosity and kindness, which has helped us to raise an incredible $10,277.44 during this exceedingly difficult time. Your care and compassion is what keeps us going, and we are eternally grateful to you for all you have done to help and support us! Thank you!

Physiotherapy - Exercise Bike
Physiotherapy - Exercise Bike
Donor Visits
Donor Visits
Last Vaccinations
Last Vaccinations
Fine Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Physiotherapy - Standing Frame
Physiotherapy - Standing Frame

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Learning Support
Learning Support

2022 is already moving along swiftly, and we are all still waiting for our lives to normalise after everything that has happened in the past few years. There have been many lessons learned, and many challenges which needed to be overcome. Woodside has persevered through it all and will continue to do so in order to ensure the continued wellbeing of those in our care.

Our main aim continues to be to make Woodside a “home from home” for all who live here, by creating a happy and safe environment for those in our care. We continue to strive to assist each resident to acquire skills that bolster their independence, individuality and self-esteem, as well as providing those in our care with outstanding nursing care, physiotherapy, stimulation therapy, learning support and medical services, so that they may live full and happy lives within their limited abilities.

Here is a brief breakdown of what has been happening at Woodside Sanctuary during the last few months of 2022.

COVID-19: The challenge continues

Fundraising during the pandemic has been extremely challenging, and we have only recently begun to see an upswing in donations being made. We are hopeful that the upward trend will continue. This does not, however, mean that COVID is a thing of the past; with new cases being reported all the time, it seems that COVID will still be a prevalent part of our lives for some time to come and while this is the case, there will always be a need to try and bring in additional donations to cover the extra COVID expenses, especially at homes like Woodside where our residents weakened immune systems place them at greater risk of contracting the virus.

COVID at Woodside

Throughout the Pandemic we have continued to follow stringent policies on how to deal with any COVID situation within Woodside, and by following these protocols we have been able to ensure the safety of those in our care. During the peak of the pandemic, we were even forced to quarantine our facility and cancel all family and home visits for the duration of the worst parts of the pandemic.

At the start of April, with COVID numbers from around the country having dropped substantially, we decided to lessen our restrictions and allow home visits again. There were also a few residents that needed to go to hospital for procedures, and we allowed these as well. Unfortunately, after lessening the restrictions, we had a total of 19 of our residents test positive for COVID and we had no choice but to go into full lockdown again, and immediately suspend home and outside visits. Thankfully, all the residents who tested positive had no symptoms, or very mild symptoms, so we remained in lockdown for 10 days until we were COVID free again. This experience has shown that we need to continue with the protocols put in place during COVID, and to be extra cautious once home and outside visits are allowed once again.

Borehole difficulties

A number of years ago, Woodside made the decision to move over from using municipal water to using borehole water for all of the sanctuary’s needs. This was done in order to reduce our monthly municipal charges and has worked well.

Over the last few months, however, we have been experiencing some challenges with the borehole. First the pump broke down and needed to be replaced; we did this and once again the borehole was working well. Now we have discovered a new problem; there appears to be a leak somewhere in the pipe system, which is causing the water which is pumped from our 4 x 20 000 litre Jojo tanks to leak out. This issue has been quite costly to try and sort out, and we have been struggling to identify the cause of the problem. Thankfully, after a lot of hard work on the part of our plumbers, it appears that the leak has been found and fixed. We are hopeful that it will remain so and that we will be able to continue using our borehole for our water needs. 

Training Care worker Students

Woodside continues to offer practical training to nursing, care worker and Social work students; however, in addition to this, we have also decided to look into the possibility of Woodside becoming a care worker training facility, specialising in the care of the profoundly intellectually disabled. Should Woodside succeed in this endeavour, we will not only be training the next generation of care workers in the best practices when caring for the intellectually disabled, but it will also be an additional income stream to help us raise the funding to continue to offer our service to those in need. There is a lengthy process which needs to be followed to apply and be approved by HWSETA (Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority), but Woodside has taken the first steps and we are hopeful to have our training centre up and running within the next year.

New Therapies at Woodside

Woodside prides ourselves on the variety of stimulation services we offer to our residents; these stimulation therapies do not only improve residents health; they also help to keep our residents active, alert and happy. We are continuously trying to increase the variety of stimulation therapies which are offered at Woodside, and this year we have added two new therapies to our programme:

1) Rebounding – this is a type of aerobic exercise that is performed while jumping on a mini-trampoline. Jumps can be fast or slow, and can be mixed with rest or aerobic stepping. Rebounding motions not only stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps flush out toxins and fight disease, but also improves balance and coordination.

2) Sherborne Developmental Movement Therapy – This is a method for training social and motor skills which has the objectives of improving self-awareness and awareness of others. The benefits of using the Sherborne programme are many, but to name a few, it helps to develop good self-esteem, form positive relationships; improves emotional and physical literacy; extends and improves communication and creative expression; and it builds learning power, challenges thinking, and increases problem solving.

We are also in the process of arranging for therapy dogs to be brought into Woodside for therapy sessions, and we are currently being assisted with this endeavour by Top Dogs, which is a non-profit organisation which offers these services. This therapy will be greatly beneficial to Woodside’s residents as it is known to lower blood pressure, improve coordination and balance; it releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect, and it improves motor skills and joint movement. We are still busy finalising when these therapies will begin.

Mental Health and Audits\

The Department of Mental Health Johannesburg has undergone some significant operational changes during the last year, and as a result will be conducting audits with Johannesburg’s NGO’s four times a year, instead of only once per year, which has always been the practice before now. Woodside has worked closely with the audit teams from The Department of Mental Health Johannesburg, and they have always been extremely impressed with the various procedures which we have in place. Woodside has been successful in passing every audit which we have taken part in with flying colours. Our latest audit took place on Wednesday the 9th of February 2022. The Department of Mental Health is very happy with Woodside and the exceptional care and services which we provide to those in our care.

Resident Nappy Drive

Due to their disabilities, many of those in our care cannot perform even the most basic of actions without assistance and a vast majority of our residents are incontinent and need to use nappies. In order to ensure their dignity and comfort, our residents nappies are changed frequently and sometimes as often as five to six times a day. As a result we use a lot of nappies, washing up to 1300 daily! Using fabric nappies is the most cost-effective way to provide for all our residents hygienic needs and to help ensure their dignity and well-being.

The nappies last well and go through many washes in our industrial washing machines, but sadly they only last for about a year, before they need to be replaced. As a result, we need to run a campaign each year in order to request assistance to raise the funding needed to purchase the fabric needed to replenish our nappy supplies. This year we had an incredible response and were able to raise enough funding to be able to purchase enough fabric to be able to make enough nappies to last us at least a year and a half.

Easter Appeal

During the month leading up to Easter Woodside launched our Easter appeal via email and social media to ask for assistance from our donors to bring in some Easter treats for our residents. Our supporters very kindly donated 80 boxes of marshmallow eggs, and 120 Easter packs, and additional cash which allowed us to purchase extra boxes of Easter eggs.

Woodside had our residents Easter celebration on the 14th of April 2022. Due to the fact that there had been a number of residents who had tested COVID positive, it was decided to ensure everyone’s safety by having a special Easter function in each ward instead of bringing all the residents together. Regardless of the fact that the functions were smaller, all our residents had a wonderful time and greatly enjoyed the yummy Easter treats.

Exposure for Woodside

We had been contacted by MixFM’s charity department in February, to let us know that they wanted to assist Woodside by producing a short advertisement for us, which would be played on MixFM for a month. They did say, however, that they would only have another spot open in April/ May, and would contact us closer to the time.

Mid-March we were contacted by MixFM again, telling us that they had a spot open in April and they needed a script from us for the wording to use in the advertisement. We sent this through and MixFM created the Advert which was sent to us for approval and was broadcast throughout April in 208 spots. In addition to this we have also been given a live interview which took place at 11:40 on Wednesday, the 11th of May.

Since the advert has been live, I have seen an increase in Facebook page views and likes, and we have also been contacted by a few parents who were looking for a place for their children. We are looking forward to the interview and are excited about the exposure that it will create.

In Closing

Our primary focus continues and will always be the provision of exceptional full-time care to all of our intellectually disabled residents. We strive to make Woodside a real “home from home” for all who live here, by creating a happy and safe environment for those in our care, where we are able to help and ensure that Woodside’s residents remain safe and that we are able to continue to help and assist each resident through the provision of outstanding nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical services.

Like many NPOs, Woodside Sanctuary is heavily reliant on the kindness and generosity of our donors and supporters and it is only with their compassionate assistance that we are able to continue to maintain the highest standards of care, provide excellent nursing, medical and residential care for all who live here. On behalf of Woodside Sanctuary and especially the angels in our care, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to our GlobalGiving donors and supporters for their outstanding generosity and kindness, which has helped us to raise an incredible $9,895 during this exceedingly difficult time. Your care and compassion is what keeps us going, and we are eternally grateful to you for all you have done to help and support us! Thank you!

2022 has had its own challenges so far, but each obstacle that we overcome helps us to grow as an organisation. We feel confident that by utilising the lessons we have learned and continue to learn, together with the continued generous support of our wonderful donors, staff and families, we will be able to face whatever lies ahead in 2022.

Stimulation Activities
Stimulation Activities
Easter Happiness
Easter Happiness
Nappies for Heidi
Nappies for Heidi
Fun with Strings and Things
Fun with Strings and Things
Rebounding
Rebounding

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Woodside Resident's Christmas
Woodside Resident's Christmas

As 2021 has drawn to a close, we look back on the lessons learned throughout the year, we think of those who we have lost and we begin looking forward to what 2022 has in store. We are heading into 2022 with a cautious hope that the lessons learned in 2021 will carry us in good stead for the year ahead.

Regardless of the challenges ahead our main aim continues to be to make Woodside a “home from home” for all who live here, by creating a happy and safe environment for those in our care. We continue to strive to assist each resident to acquire skills that bolster their independence, individuality and self-esteem, as well as providing those in our care with outstanding nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical services, so that they may live full and happy lives within their limited abilities.

Here is a brief breakdown of what has been happening at Woodside Sanctuary during the last few months of 2021.

Fundraising during COVID-19

The world as a whole has been affected by COVID-19 for almost 2 years now, and has made the task of bringing in much needed funding a great deal more challenging. To try and overcome these challenges we have had to become more creative in our approach to fundraising. We are more active on our various social media platforms, to try and raise awareness and garner more support for Woodside and for persons with intellectual disabilities, and we have also launched a number of additional “needs specific” campaigns to try and bring in funding, especially to assist with the ever increasing COVID-19 expenses. In 2022 we will continue to utilise our various social media platforms and will continue to try and think of new and innovative ways to bring in funding in support of our cause.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Over the last few months Woodside has been assisted by the Netcare team who have generously given of their time to come through to Woodside and vaccinate our residents and staff. Thanks to their efforts Woodside has managed to achieve 82% vaccination coverage within our home.

Woodside has sadly had a couple of residents, staff and family members who have experienced adverse reactions after receiving the vaccine, we are unsure as to what exactly the cause of their reactions were, but these issues have been reported on the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System) and we are awaiting further feedback in these matters.

Students

Woodside continues to offer practical training to nursing, care worker and Social work students, and while COVID-19 has had a large effect on the number of students that Woodside has been able to assist this year, we have still been able to offer training to 10 care worker students as well as 1 social work student. Woodside feels very strongly about assisting these students in their training as it will provide them with indispensable knowledge in their future careers and will allow them to be better able to assist anyone with disabilities in the future.

Training

Woodside is dedicated to providing our care and nursing staff with training throughout the year. This includes in-service training which is provided by our registered nursing sister, and covers many topics such as feeding, positioning, practical CPR, dermatology, AVL (Activity of daily living skills), dehydration, anatomy and more.

This year, we have also had the privilege of receiving training from firefighters from the City of Johannesburg Fire department on fire safety (11 November 2021) as well as Basic Life Support training for our nursing department, from an AHA certified instructor (12 November 2021). This type of training is critical in ensuring that our care and nursing staff are properly equipped to handle any situation.

Woodside’s 1st ever Family Fun Day

On the 4th of December 2021, Woodside had our 1st ever Family Fun Day; a wonderful day filled with fun activities for residents and their loved ones, where families were able to interact not only with their resident, but with all of Woodside’s angels.

The past few years have been extremely challenging, not just for us at Woodside, but also for the families of our residents, who were often unable to visit their loved ones for months at a time. This sacrifice was done in order to help us to be able to protect all at Woodside, as much as possible, from COVID-19 infection. So, we decided that it was time to do something special for the families and their loved ones, thus we hosted a Woodside Family Fun Day. All in all the day was a huge success, and we will be looking forward to having more Fun Days in the future.

Mental Health and Audits

The Department of Mental Health Johannesburg has undergone some significant operational changes during the last year, and as a result will be conducting audits with Johannesburg’s NGO’s four times a year, instead of only once per year which has always been the practice before now. Woodside has worked closely with the audit teams from The Department of Mental Health Johannesburg, and they have always been extremely impressed with the various procedures which we have in place. Woodside has been successful in passing every audit which we have taken part in with flying colours.

Christmas at Woodside

Christmas is a time of celebration and at Woodside this is no different. Each year we try to make Christmas a memorable and special time for not only our angels but also for our dedicated staff. In order to help us do this Woodside runs a special Christmas campaign to help raise the funding needed for these special functions.

Our resident’s Christmas function took place on the 15th of December 2021, and was a stupendously happy day! Thanks to the generosity and kindness of our amazing donors and Woodside’s families alike we were able to give our residents the most magical Christmas party ever, which included a DJ, Face painter and Balloon artist. We received such tremendous support through our families and an initiative started by one in particular, “the Santa’s shoe box project”, that we were able to ensure that every one of our angels received a gift from Santa.

Our staff functions took place on the 1st and 8th of December, and with the help of our families and supporters, we were able to give every one of our incredibly hardworking and dedicated staff a beautiful Christmas food hamper as a token of thanks for their incredible efforts throughout the year.

Long Service Awards 2021

We celebrated our annual Long Service Awards on the 8th of December 2021 with our staff and honoured guests. What an incredible blessing it is to have such wonderful hardworking staff at the Sanctuary who are responsible for the care and treatment of our angels, some of the most vulnerable in society, the profoundly intellectually and physically disabled.

Every year we proudly gather to show our immense appreciation and to celebrate the awardees remarkable achievements. This year we had thirteen (13) staff who received awards for their dedicated service to Woodside ranging between five (5) and twenty five (25) years of service. We and the families of those in our care, are beyond grateful for their commitment and devotion to ensuring that our residents receive the care they deserve.

In Closing

Our primary focus continues and will always be the provision of exceptional full-time care to all of our intellectually disable residents. We strive to make Woodside a real “home from home” for all who live here, by creating a happy and safe environment for those in our care, where we are able to help and ensure that Woodside’s residents remain safe and that we are able to continue to help and assist each resident through the provision of outstanding nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical services.

Like many NPOs, Woodside Sanctuary is heavily reliant on the kindness and generosity of our donors and supporters and it is only with their compassionate assistance that we are able to continue to maintain the highest standards of care, provide excellent nursing, medical and residential care for all who live here. On behalf of Woodside Sanctuary and especially the angels in our care, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to our GlobalGiving donors and supporters for their outstanding generosity and kindness, which has helped us to raise an incredible $9317 during this exceedingly difficult time. Your care and compassion is what keeps us going, and we are eternally grateful to you for all you have done to help and support us! Thank you!

2021 has been a year of many challenges but Woodside has succeeded in overcoming those difficulties and we have continued to grow as an organisation. We feel confident that by utilising the lessons we have learned and with the continued support of our wonderful donors, staff and families, we will be able to face whatever lies ahead in 2022.

Woodside's Family Fun Day
Woodside's Family Fun Day
Learning Support
Learning Support
Woodside's Long Service Awards 2022
Woodside's Long Service Awards 2022
Basic Life Support Training
Basic Life Support Training
Firefighters - Fire Safety Training
Firefighters - Fire Safety Training

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Heidi is so grateful for her vaccination
Heidi is so grateful for her vaccination

The past year and a half been extremely challenging with many highs and lows but through it all Woodside Sanctuary has continued to do all in our power to protect the vulnerable children and adults in our care. Here is a brief breakdown of what has been happening at Woodside Sanctuary so far this year.

 

Fundraising during COVID-19: The challenge continues

 The world as a whole has been affected by COVID-19 for over a year now. Most of us have now gotten used to the "new normal" of needing to wear masks wherever we go and the constant need to sanitise. Sadly the economy does not respond well to change, and the effects of COVID-19 will be felt for a long time to come. For NPO's like Woodside Sanctuary that depend greatly on the donations and kindness we receive from corporates and small companies this has been quite devastating. Sadly this also means that the majority of people are just trying to make ends meet and are not able to donate to Non-Profit causes as they have done in the past.

 To try and overcome these challenges we have had to become more creative in our approach to fundraising. We are more active on our various social media platforms, to try and raise awareness and garner more support for Woodside and for persons with intellectual disabilities. We have also launched a number of additional “needs specific” campaigns to try and bring in funding, especially to assist with the ever increasing COVID-19 expenses. We hope to continue to utilise our various social media platforms and will continue to try and think of new and innovative ways to bring in funding in support of our cause.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

 Knowing that the only way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to achieve herd immunity, Woodside decided to see what we could do to get the needed vaccinations for any residents (who had received consent from their families and/ or guardians) and staff who wanted the vaccine. Through the outstanding efforts made by Woodside’s GM Ms. Kirsten Williams, we were able to make contact with Mande Toubkin at Netcare who was instrumental in securing vaccinations for Woodside. On the 16th of July 2021 the amazing Netcare team came through to Woodside to administer the first round of vaccinations to all staff and residents (with consent) over the age of 35. The Netcare vaccination team came back to Woodside to administer the second round of vaccinations on the 2nd of September 2021. All staff and residents who received the vaccinations are doing well.

 By securing these vaccinations against COVID-19, for our residents and staff we hope that all at Woodside will be protected and that we will be able to ensure that Woodside remains a safe environment. COVID-19 will be with us for a long time still and the positive team work between all departments in Woodside will continue, so that we are able to ensure the continued safety of all residents and staff.

 

Students

 Woodside continues to offer practical training to nursing, careworker and Social work students, and while COVID-19 has had a large effect on the number of students that Woodside has been able to assist this year, we have still been able to offer training to 11 careworker students as well as 1 social work student. Woodside feels very strongly about assisting these students in their training as it will provide them with indispensable knowledge in their future careers and will allow them to be better able to assist anyone with disabilities in the future.

 We continue to be hopeful that the restrictions which have been placed on us as a result of COVID-19, will eventually be lessened to the extent that we will once again be able to open our doors to large groups of students, and that we will be able to share our knowledge with them on the provision of care to those with profound intellectual and physical disabilities.

 

Training

 Woodside firmly believes in the development and growth of our staff, we therefore offer extensive in service training to all staff members on a variety of subjects such as feeding, positioning, practical CPR, dermatology, AVL (Activity of daily living skills), dehydration, anatomy and more.

 Woodside has been training our staff on how to manage special medical needs which current or future residents may have, this included training on PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) feeding. Woodside has just admitted our first PEG residents, and our staff are coping well with this new challenge.

 

Repairs to our boundary wall

In May we noticed that two of our boundary walls were beginning to weaken from age, and this weakening left our walls in a state of imminent collapse and in urgent need of repair. This was an unexpected expense and we once again turned to social media to ask for assistance. Thankfully, a number of donors generously donated funding and supplies to this project and we were able to have these boundary walls fully repaired.

 

Woodside Sanctuary's 66th Annual General Meeting

 On the 11th of September 2021, Woodside Sanctuary hosted our 66th Annual General Meeting. Being a Non-Profit organisation, that provides care to children and adults with profound intellectual and physical disabilities, as well as support to their families for 66 years is no small feat. Woodside’s Executive Committee, Management and staff are all incredibly proud of what we, as an organisation, have been able to achieve over the last six decades.

 This year’s Annual General Meeting was a bit different than previous years, as Woodside was able to use technology, specifically Microsoft Teams, to be able to host the meeting on a global scale, with attendees taking part from as far afield as Australia. Our AGM was a big success and we are looking forward to many more years of treatment, advancement and service to those with profound intellectual and physical disabilities entrusted in our care.

 

In Closing

 Our primary focus continues and will always be the provision of exceptional full-time care to all of our 86 profoundly intellectually disable residents, 25 of which are either orphaned or have no means of financial support (our Angels). The adults and children in our care require lifelong assistance and will never be able to care for themselves or filter into normal society, therefore, this is an ongoing project and will require constant funding to help us ensure that all our residents receive the very best care possible. Woodside Sanctuary is a special place where passion and purposefulness come together to help and ensure that those who have been placed in our care are able to grow and develop to reach their full potential.

The GlobalGiving community have helped us to raise almost 63% (R118 020.03) of our target towards the Woodside’s Angels project, and we simply cannot thank you enough for your incredible support and generosity. Your generous assistance throughout the difficult times that we have faced has helped us to be able to continue to keep Woodside hygienically clean, keep our staff and residents protected by ensuring that all the needed PPE was available, and to provide food, medications, toiletries, a place of safety, holistic care and stimulation for the 25 Profoundly Intellectually disabled orphans and vulnerable angels in our care.

Like many NPOs, Woodside Sanctuary is heavily reliant on the kindness and generosity of our donors and supporters and it is only with their compassionate assistance that we are able to continue to maintain the highest standards of care, provide excellent nursing, medical and residential care for all who live here. On behalf of Woodside Sanctuary and especially the angels in our care, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to our donors and supporters for their outstanding generosity and kindness, during this exceedingly difficult time. Your care and compassion is what keeps us going, and we are eternally grateful to you for all you have done to help and support us! Thank you!!

The Wonderful Netcare Vaccination Team
The Wonderful Netcare Vaccination Team
Woodside's Wall Repairs
Woodside's Wall Repairs
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Woodside's Ferrari Gang (The Best of Friends)
Woodside's Ferrari Gang (The Best of Friends)
Woodside's 66th Annual General Meeting
Woodside's 66th Annual General Meeting

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Natasha and Monica (Physiotherapy)
Natasha and Monica (Physiotherapy)

2021 has started off well if a little uncertainly. With COVID still very prevalent throughout South Africa and the World we continue to take every precaution in the continued care of our vulnerable residents.  Here is a brief breakdown of what has been happening at Woodside Sanctuary so far this year.

 

COVID-19 (current protocols and looking forward)

 

As stated above COVID-19 is still a big part of our everyday lives and we have all needed some time to adjust to what has become our new normal. South Africa’s Government is hoping to achieve heard immunity and has begun with the Vaccination roll-out and we are hopeful that in the not too distant future things will finally begin to settle. Until such a time, as the spread of COVID-19 is finally brought under control, Woodside will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of our residents.

 

For much of last year, we were under an extremely strict lock-down, with only staff being allowed on the premises after being properly screened and checked for any symptoms. This was incredibly difficult for Woodside’s residents and their families, as it was simply not safe to allow outsiders into the building due to the fact that many of our residents are greatly immunocompromised. Thankfully the global medical community has been hard at work, developing methods by which to be able to detect COVID-19 and we now have both the swab test and the rapid test at our disposal to ensure that those coming onto our property are COVID free. As a result we are now able to once again, allow families to visit their loved ones (provided that full PPE is worn at all times and that the results from any COVID-19 rapid tests are negative).

 

Our Nursing team has worked incredibly hard throughout the COVID pandemic to ensure that our residents have remained healthy and, in-fact our residents are healthier now than they have ever been. The dedication of our nursing team and care workers during these difficult times has been unparalleled and we are incredibly grateful for all their hard work and dedication in ensuring the continued good health and well-being of all those in our care.

 

Woodside still continues to incur costs due to COVID-19, and we will continue to do so until such a time as the threat is gone, and life returns to normal. The cost involved with needing to ensure stock levels of face masks, PPE, hand sanitiser, cleaning chemicals and rapid tests are quite extensive and we have had to rely heavily on donations received through the year to help cover those costs.

 

Raising Awareness

 

Woodside Sanctuary continues to look for ways to raise awareness not only for our organisation but also for those with intellectual disabilities. To help us do this we have been using our Social Media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, to share posts and informative information. In January this year we created an Instagram account as well. Instagram is a much more visually driven social media platform and allows us more freedom of creativity when creating campaigns. Our audience is slowly growing and we hope that by using all of our Social Media platforms we will be able to reach more people and create more awareness.

 

Training of Students

 

Woodside Sanctuary continues to be a preferred training facility for 4th and 3rd year nursing students from institutions such as the University of Johannesburg, WITS, Baragwanath and Ann Latsky. Here the students get the first hand practical training they need in order to get their respective qualifications. In 2019 alone over 300 students did their practical training at Woodside. Sadly, as a result of the COVID-19 situation and national lockdowns, we were only able to provide training to 70 nursing students in 2020. Woodside will not be able to provide training for nursing students this year, until COVID-19 is no longer a threat. We simply cannot risk exposing our residents to the possibility of infection.

 

Woodside has also been providing practical training to Social Worker students for some years now, and in 2020, we had two social worker students who continued to receive guidance from our social worker online, in order to complete their qualifications. The online aspect of this was influenced by COVID-19 and the lockdown. This year, Woodside’s social worker has been providing training to a Social Worker student, on-site, since February 2021. The student is required to follow all our COVID-19 protocols, and is screened and provided with full PPE before she is able to enter our building.

 

Woodside is incredibly proud of our Social Worker, Mr. Pat Ngwenya, as he was also once a social worker student who received training at Woodside. Since then Mr. Ngwenya has qualified for his Bachelors of Social Work degree and has been employed fulltime as Woodside’s Social Worker. In fact, Mr. Ngwenya passed so well that he was invited to complete his Masters, which he is currently doing, as well as working at Woodside fulltime.

 

Department of Mental Health Audit

 

We received an exemplary audit from the Department of Health and Social Development for 2020. We have also been named a best practice facility by the Department and as such, they have approached us to provide training to other NGOs within the Mental Health Care sector to assist them in Human Relations, Financial Management, Operational Management, Feeding and Nutrition and up-skilling of staff.

 

Resident Functions

 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we have had far fewer functions at Woodside this past year, and we have also sadly not been able to have any donor visits or outings. This was done because we wanted to do everything possible to ensure the continued health and well-being of those in our care, and wanted to avoid any possibility of exposing them to the virus.

 

Thankfully, due to the incredible efforts of our nursing team and care staff, Woodside has been a COVID green zone (we have had no COVID cases) for a number of months. So we decided to have some resident functions including Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day, where our wards were still socially distanced, but everyone could take part in the festivities. This was a wonderful change from 2020, and the activities were not only greatly enjoyed by all they also helped to present a more normalised atmosphere for our residents.

 

Borehole repairs

 

In March 2021, Woodside’s borehole needed urgent repairs as the booster pump became faulty. This was an issue that need to be resolved as quickly as possible as all of Woodside’s water is sourced from our borehole (which we changed over to, to help and reduce the costs of municipal water). We had some issue trying to get someone in to repair our borehole and used our social media to ask for assistance. Thankfully we were able to locate someone who was able to assist us. Our booster pump has now been replaced and our borehole is once again fully operational.  

 

While we are happy to have made it through 2020, we are acutely aware that COVID-19 continues to be a threat and will most likely remain so for some time to come. We have many stringent protocols in place, and will continue to enforce them until such a time that the safety of those in our care can be ensured. We will continue to maintain PPE levels, and monitor all staff and residents to be sure that all remain in good health.

 

In Closing

 

Our primary focus continues and will always be the provision of exceptional full-time care to all of our 83 profoundly intellectually disable residents, 25 of which are either orphaned or have no means of financial support (our Angels). The adults and children in our care require lifelong assistance and will never be able to care for themselves or filter into normal society, therefore, this is an ongoing project and will require constant funding to help us ensure that all our residents receive the very best care possible.

 

The GlobalGiving community have helped us to raise almost 57% (R102 150.74) of our target towards the Woodside’s Angels project, and we simply cannot thank you enough for your incredible support and generosity. Your generous assistance throughout the difficult times that we have faced has helped us to be able to continue to keep Woodside hygienically clean, keep our staff and residents protected by ensuring that all the needed PPE was available, and to provide food, medications, toiletries, a place of safety, holistic care and stimulation for the 25 Profoundly Intellectually disabled orphans and vulnerable angels in our care.

 

Like many NPOs, Woodside Sanctuary is heavily reliant on the kindness and generosity of our donors and supporters and it is only with their compassionate assistance that we are able to continue to maintain the highest standards of care, provide excellent nursing, medical and residential care for all who live here. On behalf of Woodside Sanctuary and especially the angels in our care, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to our donors and supporters for their outstanding generosity and kindness, during this exceedingly difficult time. Your care and compassion is what keeps us going, and we are eternally grateful to you for all you have done to help and support us! Thank you!!

Lebo enjoying our Easter celebrations
Lebo enjoying our Easter celebrations
Easter Party!
Easter Party!
Resident's activities
Resident's activities
Trevor sharing some love on Valentine's Day
Trevor sharing some love on Valentine's Day
Borehole repairs
Borehole repairs

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Woodside Sanctuary

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng - South Africa
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Lone Lourens
Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
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