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Adopt a Granny Programme alive in the community of George

Jun 28, 2018
Adopt a Granny Programme alive in the community of George

George Municipality Youth Community fieldworkers and peer educators took charge in the roll-out of the Adopt a Granny programme in the community.

"The aim is to provide a care service to the many elderly people, who are left alone during the day without any support," said George Municipality Spokesperson, Debra Sauer. 

"The programme is currently taking place in the following areas, Rosemoore, Pacaltsdorp, Blanco, Thembalethu, Lawaaikamp, Parkdene, Conville and Borcherds."

According to Jonel Kerspuy, the Youth Office Co-ordinator at the George Municipality, two fieldworkers and 17 peer educators work on door-to-door outreaches, which include general services and information as well as completing the survey forms, which determine which of the elderly needs care.

"Care services, are those services for the elderly that the peer educators have adopted and deliver on a regular basis, these will include the basic cleaning of the houses of the elderly, cooking at times, fetching of their medication at the respective clinics and assistance to the hospital, checking up whether they have taken their medication and eaten, pampering services, recreational games, such as walking exercises, card and board games."

In a special monthly project each of the Adopt a Granny Peer Educators from the different areas gets an opportunity to choose a house and family in need, through their door-to-door outreaches.

They do cleaning in and outside of the identified house, in order to restore some form of dignity to the occupants as well as the community.

These young people also report general problems and challenges, that they pick up from within their own communities relating specifically to the elderly thereby increasing the reach of the programme.

Image: Peer educators cleaned a granny’s yard in Pacaltsdorp on Tuesday as part of their monthly project.