Park­side CMR of­fice opens

Go! & Express - - NEWS - SIVENATHI GOSA

THE Chris­te­like Maatskap­like Raad (CMR) has ex­panded its ser­vices by open­ing a new satel­lite of­fice in Park­side.

CMR East Lon­don has ab­sorbed some of Child Wel­fare’s staff and will take over its child pro­tec­tion ser­vices in Park­side, Pef­ferville, Parkridge, Dun­can Vil­lage, Gompo and Cam­bridge Town­ship, among other ar­eas.

The GO! & Ex­press has re­ported (“Suf­fer the chil­dren of Buf­falo City” April 19) that Child Wel­fare East Lon­don (CWF) closed has down due to lack of funds.

The CMR has now taken over by em­ploy­ing some of the for­mer CWF staff mem­bers, tak­ing over the child pro­tec­tion ser­vices within the greater Buf­falo City area and us­ing the ar­chives that were stored by CWF South Africa’s na­tional of­fice.

“We are open to peo­ple from many de­nom­i­na­tions al­though our ba­sic prin­ci­ples state that we are Chris­tian-based,” chief so­cial worker Lor­raine Macdougall said.

So­cial worker Leon­ice Vro­lik said: “We de­cided to move to Park­side be­cause we found it dif­fi­cult for our clients to reach us in South­ern­wood, as some of them can­not af­ford pub­lic trans­port.

“We want to be vis­i­ble within the com­mu­nity, that is why we are li­ais­ing with the Pef­ferville Clinic and other stake­hold­ers.”

Macdougall said their pri­mary role was to of­fer a space where peo­ple could speak out if they had con­cerns about child abuse in their com­mu­ni­ties, or if any­one knew of a child who was in an abu­sive en­vi­ron­ment.

“We be­lieve ev­ery child de­serves a safe en­vi­ron­ment and a lov­ing fam­ily,” Macdougall said.

So­cial worker Illse Page said their Park­side of­fice was open on Mon­days from 10am un­til mid­day.

“But the days will be ex­tended in the fu­ture.” she said.

She en­cour­aged peo­ple to re­port any cases to their of­fice.

HERE TO HELP: At the CMR’s new satel­lite of­fice in Park­side are, from left, so­cial work­ers Illse Page, Leon­ice Vro­lik and chief so­cial worker Lor­raine Macdougall Pic­ture: SIVENATHI GOSA

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