An inspiring creative initiative by Alta du Toit Aftercare
What is Alta du Toit Aftercare, where are you based and what do you do?
Alta du Toit Aftercare is a centre where adults (18 years and older) with intellectual disabilities receive care and are developed in order to reach their full potential in life. The centre has been in existence for 34 years and is situated in Boston, Bellville, serving communities in the Western Cape.
The centre opened in 1978 (NPO: 011-891). Alta du Toit Aftercare Centre is a safe haven where people with intellectual disability can live and work.
This is a great initiative, what is the motivation behind this?
The gift wrapping paper project kicked off in 2010. We identified a need for a project to assist with a sustainable income but that forms part of the well-established skills development programme. Colouring forms part of the skills development programme and we decided to share these artworks on a large scale. For this project two designers offered to provide designs that the therapeutic groups could colour in. It is then sent to be professionally printed. The printed sheets are returned to the centre where the higher functioning clients roll and package it to be ready to be sold.
Please tell us about the wrapping paper project?
The gift wrapping paper project is a fundraising project that forms part of the established skills development programme at the centre. It involves the therapeutic groups as well as some clients from the workshop. The project is an opportunity for the public to see the creative work being done at the centre and the product tells the story of the abilities of adults with intellectual disabilities living at the Alta du Toit Aftercare Centre. The paper is available in six unique and exclusive designs at a cost of only R12 a roll. The size per roll of gift wrapping paper is 1m X 70cm which is the same as standard rolls retailing in stores. People buy gift wrapping paper anyway, but now they can use a paper that shares a message about the gift of giving and they support a good cause while buying a product they need anyway.
How can our readers help or get involved?
You can show your support by buying a roll of gift paper (or a few rolls) of wrapping paper and support adults with intellectual disabilities. The paper is available at the centre and you can place orders via phone or email. If you would like to give back in a more interactive way, you can become a rep for Altasorg by selling the paper at your work and/or in your community. Also share the message with your friends and get them to support us as well. We have designs specifically for Christmas but also beautiful designs to use throughout the year.
Where can our readers find your organisation?
Physical address: 80 Lincoln street, Boston, Bellville, Cape Town.
Tel: 021 913 2106
Fax: 021 913 3658