By Chandra Gajjar
For a small town, Grahamstown has a big heart which
is reflected in the network of support woven by the
welfare organizations and large number of volunteers
who join hands to meet the challenges of socio economic
problems. Volunteers are largely drawn from the affected
communities, thus ensuring a high degree of efficacy.
The perennial Achilles heel of any welfare project is
that of the requisite fiscal demands but the Grahamstonian
commitment to combating social problems is high.
There are comprehensive child & family welfare services,
protection and support for the victims of domestic violence,
relationship counselling, a hospice service for the
terminally ill and their families as well as services
for the mentally and physically challenged. The Grahamstown
Social Workers’ Forum ensures that the limited services
are utilized to best advantage by providing information
and support for the various welfare originations.
A 24-hour call-out welfare service has recently been
established and there are plans for a one-stop trauma