We are a home for 90 intellectually disabled adults who live in 7 hostels. Most of the residents work in 10 different work groups or workshops and contribute to the upkeep and running of the centre.
The village started in 1959, opened in 1960 and celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2010.
Set in the rural Kragga Kamma area, 15 km from Port Elizabeth , Lake Farm Centre offers a tranquil and picturesque environment that provides a permanent home for 90 mentally challenged adults. Living and working together in harmonious co-operation, where the more able help the weak, every resident is a valued member of the group, enriching our community with their capacity for tolerance, support and love.Unfortunately, by worldly standards, these priceless qualities do not translate into money.
Our Residents range in age from the early twenties to over sixty, and several who are now in their fifties have been part of this extended family since their early childhood. While some still have families who are able to contribute financially to their support, a growing number are orphaned and so become entirely dependent on the Centre and on Government subsidies.
This subsidisation is far from sufficient for our needs, and the shortage of money places an enormous strain on the organisation and its resources. Furthermore, in order to permit us to accommodate indigent or economically disadvantaged applicants, we urgently require substantial sponsorship.
Both for its therapeutic value as well as to create much needed income, training is given in a number of crafts and occupations. These include Woodwork, Spinning and Weaving, Embroidery, Farming, hydroponic Vegetable Growing, Pottery, Recycling and Home Industries which includes Baking.
Fresh farm produce and many of the articles made by our residents in our workshops are on sale in our Craft Shop which, together with our Coffee Shop is open each Saturday and Sunday morning between the hours of 10a.m. and 12:30 p.m. These wares are of high quality, and our residents are proud of the contribution that they make to the running of the Centre in this manner. However, despite our combined best efforts, the Centre is not self-supporting and, in order to maintain our standards and services, we are faced with the ongoing and increasingly difficult task of raising sufficient income. To this end we engage the assistance of the public in fundraising events throughout the year such as the annual Fun Run, Fête, Golf days, Street collections, etc. We are always most grateful for the support that we receive from our Sponsors for these types of event.
Lake Farm Centre is a registered non-profit organisation and public benefit organisation.
To be the best carer of the mentally and physically challenged adult.
- To respect and develop the individual, paying special attention to the individual’s personality.
- To occupy the resident in a meaningful and productive way. To offer the resident a safe haven.
- To effectively communicate and to correctly relate to the various situations (the resident is your equal)
- To be a good role model, to be a “parent”, carer, counsellor, to be able to up-lift, empathise, show patience, insight and understanding.
- To be flexible, tolerant and to have tenacity.
- To be consistent in your approach.
- To create a meaningful life style, consisting of a home life, work life, social and spiritual life.
- To create harmony amongst the residents and staff.
Lake Farm Centre has been involved in the care and training of the intellectually disabled since 1959. The Centre was started as a “school” for mentally disabled children with boarding facilities. In 1979 Lake Farm Centre Adult Care was founded as a residential facility with protective workshops. Here involvement in work-skills i.e. farming, bakery, hydroponics, pottery, spinning and weaving, home industries, gardening and building maintenance, is encouraged.
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