Sinethemba Special Care Centre

The Association’s focus is on working with children and families facing the adversities of living with a family member with special needs. The main focus is a day care centre.

Area of Operation

Simon’s Town Magisterial District, specifically in Masiphumelele and Ocean View. The area also incorporates Simon’s town, Red Hill, Scarborough, Kommetjie, Sunnydale, Glencairn, Noordhoek and Fish Hoek.

Our Story

Established in 1954 to meet the needs of farm workers in the Southern Cape Peninsula, in order to address poverty, unemployment and lack of housing due to the rezoning of farmland to residential….Read More

The Association

is a Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation with Section 18A status that operates in the Simon’s Town Magisterial District of the City of Cape Town, South Western Cape Region in Southern Africa.

Our Vision in Our Community


Our Vision is for a safe and fair South Africa with freedom for life-long education that creates opportunities, independence, acceptance, health and well being for  people with special needs and their families.


We will strive to develop public awareness of social inclusion for people with special needs.

We are committed to community development programmes for people with special needs.

We aim to provide supportive and rehabilitative services for people with special needs and their families and special care for those with special needs in the community.

News & Updates

Sinethemba returns to normal times!

Sinethemba returns to normal times!

After a long period of having to adhere to Covid protocols, including having a staggered approach with our children’s attendance due to the high risks and vulnerability of children with disabilities, we are excited to announce that as of the 19th July 2022, Sinethemba...

Red Cross Outreach

Red Cross Outreach

On the 19th May 2022, we were able to take some of our Cerebral Palsy children through to Red Cross Children’s hospital for their biannual Doctor’s check-up and seating clinic.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the parents, our therapists and the doctors  who...

Sinethemba Special Care Centre

Fish Hoek – Kommetjie – Noordoek Welfare Association’s main project is Sinethemba Special Care Centre.

Sinethemba is a day care facility that focus on children with severe and profound special needs.

We have children with Autism, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy to name a few. This is a day care centre where we collect the children in the mornings and take them home in the afternoons.

Sinethemba’s focus is on assisting the children in becoming as independent as they possibly can and if at all possible, integrating children into a mainstream school environment, when a child is independent and has the intellectual capacity.

Sinethemba has an average of three children annually who are integrated into the mainstream school environment. For those children who have severe and profound special needs we aim to keep as comfortable as possible with daily stimulation programmes offered by our carers and therapists.

This service enables the parents to go out and work resting assured that there children are being taken care off.

Sinethemba believes in a holistic approach with various professionals involved with the care of the children ie. Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist as well as Language Therapy. These professionals work closely with the children’s carers and the Principal of Sinethemba Special Care Centre.

Each child has his/her own intervention plan with its own goals compiled according to the child’s assessment of his or her needs and potential.

Quarterly Team discussions are held with all the professionals during which each child’s intervention plan is discussed and whether goals set are being reached, if not, the reason is identified and the intervention plan is adapted.

Sinethemba also make use of the services of the Association’s Social Auxiliary worker and Community Development worker. These workers focus on assisting families and individuals with special needs whether it is through counselling, advocacy or grant applications.

Sinethemba offers:

• Day care for children with severe and profound special needs

• Creative stimulation programmes

• Transference of care skills

• Various Therapies ie Occupational therapy

• Parent Support

• Public Education towards Inclusion

• Counselling

• Community Outreach

Health Care is an integral service offered by Sinethemba Special Care Centre.

Apart from creative stimulative programmes the Centre also offers therapy to the children. Each child has an individual intervention plan with specific goals according to his or her potential and diagnosis. Sinethemba is in the privileged position of having a Occupational Therapist at the Centre three days a week.

Interdisciplinary meetings between the different disciplines involved with the children’s individual intervention plans ie. Carers, Occupational Therapist, CEO, Auxilary Social Worker and the Community worker, are arranged on a quarterly basis. During these meetings each child’s individual plan is discussed and assessed, if goals are not being reached the cause will be investigated and the plan modified.

Red Cross Children’s Hospital also performs a vital service to children with special needs. Children attending Sinethemba have regular appointments at Red Cross Children Hospital’s various specialized Departments for follow up medical appointments and dispensing of chronic medication. Red Cross also conducts community Outreaches twice a year during which we have the opportunity to take Sinethemba children where we have on going concerns with their medication or treatment. During these Outreaches, children from the community, who are not reaching their milestones are identified and included in the Outreach Clinics.

How You Can Get Involved

Call (+27) 21 -785-5381 to Donate Or Contact Us to get Involved

Volunteer Program

Volunteers play an enormous role in helping us deliver services.

If you have a passion for working with people with intellectual or physical special needs or for promoting mental health, your energy, skills and time would be greatly appreciated in one of our programmes.

There is also the option of joining our management committee that consists of volunteers from our local communities. To participate in our volunteer programme, please contact Lezanne Raath on 021 785 5389 or for further information.

Gifts or Services in kind

If you are in a position to donate an item or items to FHKNWA, please feel free to contact us to find out what our present needs are.

Items that are generally in demand range from new or good second hand children’s and adult clothing to furniture and kitchen appliances.

Donations of new (or nearly new) computers are also welcome.

The maintenance of our Special Care Centre is an ongoing concern, so donations of paint are much in demand.

Another creative way to support us is to donate your maintenance or decorating expertise, or your services as a plumber or electrician, to keep this facility safe and in good condition.

We also have to maintain the minibuses used to transport our children with intellectually or physical special needs to and from our Special Care Centre.

If you or your company can donate your vehicle maintenance services, we would be very grateful.

Charity Fund

Our bank deposit details are: Standard Bank, Fish Hoek, Branch code: 051 001, Account Number: 07 209 9194.
As Fish Hoek – Kommetjie – Noordhoek Welfare Association is a registered Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation, your donations are tax-deductible in terms of Section 18A(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act.
Our income is also tax-exempt in terms of Section 30 of this Act. NPO REG NO. 002-889 and PBO REG NO. 930-01-804


Memorial or tribute gifts

Any gift may be designated in memory or honor of a friend or loved one.  The family of the deceased, or person honored, will be notified of your tribute.  The amount of the gift is not mentioned.

Bequests by will or living trust

The most common form of deferred or planned gift support to any charitable organisation is a charitable bequest. A will or living trust is a very personal matter and should be prepared with your attorney.

Ongoing Causes

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Children attending Sinethemba Special Care Centre are collected in the mornings and also taken home in the afternoons.

The Association endeavors to assist with transport for children with special needs to medical facilities eg. Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Grootte Schuur etc.

Transport for adults with special needs are also offered transport, where possible, to service providers eg. Department of Social Development.


SARDA is a registered fund-raising organization with teaching branches in major centres throughout the country. It is a Member Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in the United Kingdom, and is affiliated to the Riding for the Disabled International (RDI) organization. Whilst fun and recreation are important components of the lessons at SARDA, SARDA qualified instructors work in co-operation with volunteers, physiotherapists, doctors and remedial teachers to ensure that pupils derive the maximum benefit from their lessons. SARDA incorporate specific exercises, social skills and other vital educational skills such as language, communication, concentration and independence – all aiming to develop the mental as well as the physical abilities of the people that are differently abled.

How does it work?

When the horse walks it moves in a three-dimensional pattern similar to the action of the human pelvis during normal upright walk very difficult to duplicate in the traditional clinical setting. The result offers an improved potential for walking and normal hip development for physically disabled people. Upper body benefits include improvements in hand/eye coordination, posture and balance. During riding the muscles are stimulated by using a variety of movements, allowing speech to come more easily. Interactivity and play are used to work within the Autism Spectrum, encouraging and rewarding engagement and reciprocity. The horse is non-judgmental and gives un-conditional love, the rider becomes aware they can be mobile and independent and experience true freedom.

Benefits of Therapeutic Horse Riding:

Doctors and therapists are discovering the positive effects of riding therapy both physically, mentally and emotionally.

Some Benefits include:

• Builds self confidence and esteem
• Improves balance and co-ordination
• Increased muscle tone and strength
• Relaxation of spastic
• Improved learning, concentration, memory
• Independence and a sense of achievement
• Opportunity to take a controlled risk
• Allows contact with animals and understanding of their care
• Improved self-esteem and motivation
• Access to recreation and social interaction.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

We look forward to hearing from you – Please join us in supporting those in need.