The Friends of Valkenberg Trust works in conjunction with staff at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital to promote the recovery of people with serious mental illnesses. This is vital work as it means people can get back to their lives, their communities, their families, their work.
Valkenberg serves a diverse community of adults in and around Cape Town. Many of those who come in for treatment have little community support and few resources to draw on.
Friends complements the work of hospital staff by partnering with patients in a range of services that support recovery. Volunteers work with patients on skills development, arts and crafts, the building of vital self esteem and the development of physical skills. We also meet some of the more basic needs that support recovery as well as improving the physical environment, creating more therapeutic environments in the wards- a new set of curtains or a TV can make a big difference.