The next installment in my How to Help series is about the Second Chance Recovery Centre in Mamelodi, Pretoria – an area that was faced with a serious and growing drug addiction problem. Children as young as 13 years old were getting involved with drugs and this led to many of the affected youth turning to crime. Unfortunately, there was not an effective way of dealing with the issue and no appropriate treatment facilities.
In July 2010, community member Skhumbuzo Jele decided to make a difference by opening the Second Chance Recovery Centre. Today they have employed 12 staff members who receive no salary due to the fact that they do not have guaranteed funding. The focus at the Centre is on providing a holistic programme that will give the affected person the best possible chance of recovery. From the moment that they enter the Centre, they will experience a homely, healing environment with experienced medical professionals on hand to help them. The team includes a resident GP, nursing staff, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. The programme also runs group counselling and individual therapy. Patients that enter the programme stay a minimum of 90 days in order to facilitate a complete recovery.
Skills development is an important aspect of the programme, in order to make sure that patients can be successfully re-integrated into society, skills are taught which include: welding, farming, wood work, electronics, computer training, sewing and drama to name a few. On average, the Centre has 15 in-patients. One young learner, who has been treated at Second Chance, is back in school, has just passed Grade 10 and is currently completing Grade 11. Another has completed a code 8 driver’s licence.
Volunteers at Second Chance Recovery Centre are the backbone of the success of programme. If you would like to find out how you can help, get in touch with Skhumbuzo Jele via email: [email protected]