Who We Are

Woodside Special Care Centre is a residential home providing 24 hour care for 80 profoundly intellectually and physically challenged residents.

Woodside Sanctuary was started in 1976 by a group of concerned parents who were not able to find suitable care for their children who were intellectually and physically challenged. Together they found a funder who was willing to assist them launch the project of a residential home for profoundly intellectually and physically challenged children in Rondebosch East.

The home was to provide 24 hour nursing care as well as therapeutic care improve their quality of life and prevent further illnesses and infections. As the years went on, Woodside faced a challenge as there were no places for the residents who were reaching adulthood to feed into and had to learn to understand the behaviours that manifested through adolescence. It was at this point that Woodside Sanctuary changed their name to Woodside Special Care Centre for children and young adults.

Over the past almost 40 years the organization has grown from strength to strength providing a range of services to improve the levels of comfort and responsiveness of residents as well as improving their quality of life through nurse care, physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapies.


The excellent treatment and care of profoundly intellectually disabled residents through:

  • the provision by excellent staff of an integrated service of loving and stimulating care
  • the protection and empowerment of the residents and their development as individuals
  • the support of residents’ families
  • the provision of support to profoundly intellectually disabled people and their carers in the broader community



To be recognised as the centre of excellence for the treatment and care of profoundly intellectually disabled people in the Western Cape.


 Some of our special care residents

Paul Brinkman

Paul Brinkman (29 Yr old) has been a resident at Woodside for 25 years. Due to Paul's severity of his Intellectual Disability and physical limitations, he has always been dependent on 24 hour care. Due to lack of mobility Paul was seated in a 'Buggy' for the past 6 years. After 1 year of placing him in a standing frame and stretching his lower limbs, Paul has started walking this year. This was amazing for us. After all, there ls hope, no matter the age.

Kayla O Neill

Kayla has been a resident at our centre for 4 years. On admisSion she was only able to stand and take a few steps supported/ with assistance. Her gait pattern was still unstable. She used to drive a little 'scooter' around because she could move faster and it was less frustrating for her. She now is able to walk unaided and is running. She had a very small selected vocabulary which has expanded and now she can sing along to nursery rhymes. She is more alert and responsive and enjoys playing games and interacting with our staff.

Heidi Malgas

Heidi was 7 months when she was admitted to Woodside. She is diagnosed with Hydrocephalus and Epilepsy. All her developmental milestones where delayed especially her physical development as she could not balance the weight of her head on her body. She was progressing well and at the age of 5 years she had a mild 'stroke' which left her lame on her right side. After 4 years of ongoing therapy she is now able to sit flat on the floor behind a table or in a stride sitter without support We can only but continue with our therapy so that she may further develop.

Abigail Cloete

Abigail has been a resident of Woodside since March 2012. She was not able to walk and had delayed speech and developmental milestones. Within 6 months she was able to walk with minimal support and by December 2012 was able to walk unsupported. Her speech increased to +/- 10 words and she is able to actively engage in activities and initiate her own play; especially cause and effect sensory toys and water play.

Nomfundo Buthelezi

This 5 year old sweet heart is doing lovely. She has been at our centre for 6 months and has made amazing progress. Nomfundo was functioning at a 3 month developmental level and is now able to sit in long sitting (with her feet in front of her) behind a height adjustable table and play with auditory colorful toys independently without falling over. She's in the process of learning how to- crawl and is doing really well in a standing frame. Her endurance is improving daily.

Board Members

Llewellyn Jones


40 years in the electronic industry, 25 as MD of various companies

Dave Steward

Vice-Chairperson and committee member

Diplomat 1966-85; Ambassador to UN 1981-82

Head, SA Communication Service 1986-92

Director-General Office of the President 1992-94.

Exec-Dir of the FW de Klerk Foundation 1999 – present

Managing Director Canopus Consultancies 1997 – present

Robert Munsi

Treasurer & finance committee member

Chartered Accountant for a number of corporate retail companies, and has now retired.

Fieke van Bever Donker

Board member & medical committee member

Paediatrics; Special needs doctor; focus on learning difficulties & cerebral palsy

John Alexander

Board member & finance committee member

Bank manager for 20 years

Mcebisi Mavuya

Board member & Human Resource Manager

38 years management, educational and consulting experience

Gerald Weinberg

Board member & fundraising committee member

25 years in sales and marketing management

Stephanus de Klerk

Board member & IT committee member

IT systems engineer at blue chip companies. He now consultants as an engineer

Michael Bagraim

Board member & legal advisory

Labour Law and industrial relations practitioner; media contributor on labour law & industrial relations


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