CTW Volunteers Alumni


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Jessica Vosloo

Jessica  Vosloo

Charity: APD Free State

Shortly:

Jessica Vosloo (25), joined the Vodacom Change the World programme as a volunteer for APD Free State, hoping to raise public awareness of the issues around health and disability and explore ways in which social media and information technology can be adapted and utilised to accommodate persons with disabilities and assist their integration into social and occupational spheres. “I have never experienced the power of change through volunteerism like this, it is another kind of job satisfaction altogether, I can really invest my everything in others because someone decided to invest in me,” - Vosloo.

My Project:

Jessica is striving to provide a high quality OT service to:

  • The Kopano sheltered Workshop which provides income generating activities such as beadwork and leather goods
  • Emelia Active learning centre for children with severe functional limitations
  • Jean Webber Home for adults with physical disabilities

My Background:

  • A part-time sign language student and occupational therapist supervisor for Community Service Learning (CSL) at the University of the Free State.
  • Graduated from UCT in 2011
  • Spent a year as a community service therapist for National District Hospital Bloemfontein
  • Worked as a locum for Private Rehabilitation Hospital in Bloemfontein

More about APD Free State:

  • The Association for Persons with Disabilities Free State has been in existence since 1939
  • The APD Free State delivers services mainly to persons with physical disabilities and multiple disabilities
  • It provides support for thousands of clients with varying needs and from diverse contexts throughout the Free State province
  • APD Free State has the following objectives:
    • Empower persons with disabilities by developing their potential and lobbying for equal opportunities
    • Promote and maintain the integration of persons with disabilities in the mainstream of society
    • Raise awareness on the prevention of disability, as well as on the potential, capabilities, challenges and needs of persons with disabilities
    • Rehabilitation/social assistance program to clients in the community and attend to their needs on a physical, medical, social and spiritual level
    • A skills development/capacity building to clients in the community to enable them to reach their potential
    • Community based care and support services to a specific community by promoting information, educational and awareness programmes on the needs, protection and rights of persons with disabilities and promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities

 

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