Friends of Valkenberg Trust

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Tuesday 18th October 2022
Happiness, social integration, and social acceptance can contribute to the flourishing (high levels of wellbeing) and ukuphumelela (becoming victorious) of individuals and communities 🌲 On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, Friends of Valkenberg Hospital Trust and Oude Molen Eco Village's Community Food Garden collaborated to host the FRIENDLY MARKET & FESTIVAL on the Hospital's sports fields πŸ˜Š Visitors met our connected communities and enjoyed a day of belonging, goodness, and merriment as we headed into the festive season and a new year 🌳  The collective outdoor event included communal activities that support recovery & contribute to: Reducing Stigma πŸŽ—οΈ Increasing Understanding 🌱 and Raising Awareness πŸ’š The personal and social growth day was also a festivity of Food πŸ² Music 🎼 and Movement πŸ€ΈπŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί  ​Those who participated and shared their social contribution: promoted mental health & wellbeing; raised funds to support recovery, and; experienced a day of community fun πŸ€— Thank you to everyone who joined and made the day special πŸ™Œ We wish you a victorious year filled with growth, belonging, and goodness πŸŒ³πŸ€—πŸ’š         If you are experiencing mental distress or discomfort, please contact: The South African Depression & Anxiety Group Helpline: 0800 456 789 (Available 24 hours a day) | WhatsApp Chat: 076 88 22 77 5 (Available between 9 AM and 4 PM daily) | LifeLine Western Cape WhatsApp Call: 063 709 2620 (Available between 10 AM and 10 PM daily) | Counselling Line: 021 461 1111 | https://lifelinewc.


Thursday 18th February 2021
TRUSTCHAIRPERSON 1997 – 2001                         PATRON 2013 – 2021Photo taken on the occasion of the FOV 25th Anniversary AGM, 2019: l to R, Stuart Saunders, Hugh Amoore Treasurer, Francoise Robertson Founder, Fadia Gamieldien Chairperson, H-R Sanders ex-chairperson, Brian Robertson Trustee The Friends of Valkenberg Hospital initiative was established in 1994 by Mrs Francoise Robertson, wife of the then Head of Department of Psychiatry, Professor Brian Robertson. Stuart Saunders was an early supporter of this initiative and became the first Chairperson of the Trust, which he helped establish in 1997. The Trust identified as their first project the building of new admission wards, but towards the end of 1997, the Provincial Department of Health proposed the closure of Valkenberg Hospital.

Donated ANY unwanted goods

Wednesday 16th September 2020
Spring has Sprung! Donated ANY unwanted goods to the Friendly Shop and support recovery from mental illness at Valkenberg. We take almost ANYTHING as we have a variety of different projects that also draw from the goods people donate clothing, shoes, art supplies, games and toys, furnishings and that weird ornament that Auynt Phyllis gave you last birthday.

Managing Covid 19

Wednesday 18th March 2020
#Newsflash#  Many Friends recovery groups have been put on hold in order to protect our service users as well as volunteers from the spread of Covid 19 .  We encourage all to try and replace panic and anxiety with creative ways of connecting with and supporting those around us as well as the vulnerable in our community.

Giving Tuesday

Friday 15th November 2019
Celebrated the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is now the biggest global day of giving!  After all that buying (or perhaps instead of it) we strongly support a day for giving back, even if it's just a little.  There are so many opportunities to give.