DPV OUTREACH

About Us

DPV Outreach is a public, non-profit organisation established for the objective of creating a thriving and safe Devil’s Peak Vredehoek community that is inclusive of all, family-friendly, ecologically sustainable, and commercially attractive.

The organisation was formed to respond to the impacts of Cape Town’s housing, substance abuse and mental health crises as they have played out in our neighbourhood and has grown out of a small pilot project in Van Riebeeck Park, which provided auxiliary social work support to a small group of individuals experiencing homelessness in the park, as well as engagement with individuals residing in the housing that borders it. The pilot was run by the DPV Neighbourhood Watch, in partnership with Khulisa Social Solutions’ Streetscapes Programme.

Its positive results – as well as the changing dynamic of homelessness in our neighbourhood due to the Covid-19 pandemic – showed the need for long-term support of organisations working with people on the fringes of society in the area. It became clear that an organisation was needed to manage that support and coordinate a network of partnerships with local residents and businesses, non-profit experts and government stakeholders.

DPV Outreach is a registered non-profit organisation (271-223 NPO)
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Our first project as DPV Outreach

As an organisation, our first aims to provide support to unhoused community members and information to all community members in the Devil’s Peak Vredehoek area. The support is provided by a part-time fieldworker who is supervised and mentored by our amazing partners from the Streetscapes Programme at Khulisa Social Solutions. DPV Outreach is excited to be partnering with Streetscapes in this new initiative. 

To start, our fieldworker, Chantel, is dedicating three days a week to DPV Outreach tasks, while the other two days she works for Streetscapes. As with the VRP pilot project, she is starting by walking the area with the Streetscapes Outreach support team to introduce themselves and DPV Outreach to people who are either living rough in our parks or on our streets, or who come into the area to look for work and to beg. Chantel is conducting a confidential mini-census of the individuals who stay in the area and are willing to share their information. This evidence-based approach gives DPV Outreach a good idea of where we, as a community, need to focus and how we can best link people with social services and rehabilitation programmes.

Streetscapes’ mandate is to work with individuals who are chronically homeless, drawing them into a structured work environment at their vegetable gardens, which act as an entry point to their rehabilitation programmes. Streetscapes’ experience is that when people are given the opportunity to earn a regular stipend, they are then able to find accommodation and stabilise their lives. A safe place to live then allows them to deal with the challenges that drove them onto the street in the first place. Streetscapes has a high success rate of helping people move off the street.

We are looking forward to continuing to learn from Streetscapes as, together, we are sure we can make a difference.

DPV-Outreach-Team-at-Streetscapes-Garden

Members of the DPV Outreach and Streetscapes team: Jo-Anne, Chantel, Natalie, Sibusiso, Jesse, Sicelo & Gianna

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.

~ MARGARET J. WHEATLEY
field worker Chantel Sampson

Meet Chantel, Vredehoek’s new dedicated fieldworker!

Chantel is just getting started, but her responsibilities for three days each week will eventually include:

  • Assisting with community mapping
  • Welcoming and onboarding new clients
  • Ensuring there are follow ups with existing clients
  • Assisting with community awareness campaigns
  • Disseminating basic information on legislation, policies and procedures in the social work field.
  • Assisting with monitoring and reporting on clients’ progress
  • Maintaining contact with other social service agencies, schools, and health care providers involved with clients, to provide information and obtain feedback on clients’ overall situation and progress
  • Facilitating the street cleaning team working in the DPV neighbourhood as part of the Streetscape’s stipend programme with national government

With the support of DPV Outreach, Chantel will also study for her Auxiliary Social Work qualification.

Chantel’s role as a Peer Support Specialist with Streetscapes includes:

  • Intake assessments and trust building
  • Assisting clients with opening a bank account and obtaining ID
  • Facilitation and assistance with psychosocial services
    • Regular one-on-one sessions: goal setting, budgeting, debt management etc
    • Regular group sessions: women’s groups, men’s groups, recovery groups, development groups (career planning)
    • Development of interpersonal skills/controlling emotional impulses
    • Referrals and support to access health services, inpatient / outpatient rehabilitation, NA/AA groups
    • Accessing counselling and therapeutic services
  • Helping clients build a support network, liaising with family
  • Facilitating recreation activities like soccer and yoga
  • Assisting clients access skills development programmes – (cleaning, security, fork lift operation, work readiness, etc)

Please say hello if you see Chantel around the neighbourhood. We are so excited to have her on the team and we can’t wait to grow together!  She is supported by and will work with Sibusiso and Sicelo who are Streetscapes’ outreach workers.

Meet Chantel, Vredehoek’s new dedicated fieldworker!

field worker Chantel Sampson

Chantel is just getting started, but her responsibilities for three days each week will eventually include:

  • Assisting with community mapping
  • Welcoming and onboarding new clients
  • Ensuring there are follow ups with existing clients
  • Assisting with community awareness campaigns
  • Disseminating basic information on legislation, policies and procedures in the social work field.
  • Assisting with monitoring and reporting on clients’ progress
  • Maintaining contact with other social service agencies, schools, and health care providers involved with clients, to provide information and obtain feedback on clients’ overall situation and progress

With the support of DPV Outreach, Chantel will also study for her Auxiliary Social Work qualification.

Please say hello if you see Chantel around the neighbourhood. We are so excited to have her on the team and we can’t wait to grow together!  She is supported by and will work with Sibusiso and Sicelo who are Streetscapes’ outreach workers.