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 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
40 years in the electronic industry,
25 as MD of various companies
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.
Treasurer & finance committee member
Chartered Accountant for a number of corporate retail companies, and has now retired.
Board member & fundraising committee member
25 years in sales and marketing management
Board member & finance committee member
Bank manager for 20 years
Board member & Human Resource Manager
38 years management, educational and consulting experience
Fieke van Bever Donker
Board member & medical committee member
Paediatrics; Special needs doctor; focus on learning difficulties & cerebral palsy
Stephanus de Klerk
Board member & IT committee member
IT systems engineer at blue chip companies. He now consultants as an engineer
Board member & legal advisory
Labour Law and industrial relations practitioner; media contributor on labour law & industrial relations
Owner of a local design business established in 2009. A volunteer at Woodside for the past 18 years. A feminist with particular interests in disability rights and reproductive justice.