COVID-19 SAFETY AND CARE PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AT THE PACT POP CENTRE
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
COVID-19 COMMUNITY CARE FEEDING SCHEMES
Various feeding schemes, born from an existing need further highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have been implemented in the region. They operate out of the following locations: Leeu-Gamka Primary School, where PACT assists with fruit and supplies; in Prince Albert at the PACT POP Centre (for the children) and the Sydwell Williams Centre (for the elderly); and at the Klaarstroom Mickey Mouse ECD Feeding Scheme for young children, where PACT serves in a support capacity.
From March 2021 this feeding scheme is to be renamed the: “Ek is oulik” feeding scheme which consists of three legs. The first leg being a booklet of 5 meal vouchers which locals and visitors can buy from PA Tourism office or the PACT pop center office, this voucher can be given to any vulnerable child or youth on the streets and can only be redeemed at the center for a meal and a personal care session. Hopefully, vulnerable children on the streets can be integrated into the broader programs of the center.
The second leg is the on-going registered feeding scheme, in collaboration with partners DSD and Badisa. Older folk, pre-schoolers, scholars and out of school youth are screened before registration and receive a personalized bar-code which gives them access to a nutritious meal from Mondays to Fridays. The youthful, Hope Warrior volunteers and interns at the center will deliver meals to older folk by bicycle.
Lastly, the third leg is a personal care component, which enhances personal self-care and worth.
An area of marked need, brought into sharp focus by the economic hardship prompted by COVID-19, food security in Prince Albert is a priority for PACT going forward. This includes the establishment of programmes that focus on self-sufficiency, nutrition and sustainable food systems, from seed banks to small-scale farming projects. A gardening internship programme called LAPtuin has been added, in partnership with Renu Karoo and the Department of Agriculture, as a way to educate the community on sustainability and cultivating gardens.
This fund donates clothing – primarily shoes and winter wear – to primary school children in need.
Operating out of the PACT POP Centre are various cardio, hip-hop and ballet classes aimed at encouraging the creative and physical expression of young dance enthusiasts.
MENTAL WELL-BEING (SOAR)
PACT is engaged in and committed to programmes that work to improve the mental well-being and emotional resilience of the community’s youth. The PACT POP Centre also provides counselling opportunities via trained counsellors and practitioners.
RIEL DANCERS / PRINCE ALBERT VASTRAPPERS
This initiative celebrates the Riel, one of the country’s oldest indigenous dance styles, through the support of the group and the training of younger dancers to keep this cultural artform alive.
The Saturday Run is an inclusive community run, or walk, over a set five-kilometre route that starts at the Odendaal Stadium in Prince Albert. PACT encourages and supports the participation of young children and teenagers in various ways. Pancake vouchers can be redeemed at the local Saturday market on completion of the run and any registered school-going child gets a gift of running shoes once they complete their tenth run. The toiletry programme gives scholars a voucher after their 10th and 50th registered runs – this is designed to motivate participation by the adolescent age group.
STAAN & SKYN
This is an initiative focused on self-awareness and personal growth. Nine facilitators from Cape Town took a group of young men and women, age 15 to 40, through an intensive weekend of training. The aim is to create an ongoing engagement and build a core of young men and women around the principles as expressed in this programme, offering local youth a healthy alternative.
A creative, community-oriented knitting project initiated by the PACT interns and run by women of all ages, this enterprise produces warm, knitted items for elderly folks taking part in the Sydwell Williams Feeding Scheme as well as newborns at the Prince Albert Hospital.
PRINCE ALBERT COMMUNITY CYCLING CLUB
PACT has taken the initiative to establish a registered club for the region, which will enhance development of the sport amongst children and youth. Ben’s bikes and WCD donated 12 bikes to the center, while local cyclists donated 10 smaller bikes for primary school girls.
The vision is to promote all types of cycling plus the creation of a BMX track in town for youngsters.