Research and Innovation

Life Guidance Facilitation

While the bulk of our work (60% of current inputs), attends to severe cases of trauma and focuses on psycho-therapeutic interventions in individual and group settings, a significant group of young people could benefit from structured interventions supporting them in the acquisition of social and personal skills to enhance their well-being.

There is scope for training community coaches (young people NEET*), to work as part of the multi-disciplinary team in Community Keepers. The aim of this exercise is to increase the impact of the Community Keepers service by reaching more beneficiaries, whilst keeping the cost of this impact relatively low.

We believe this is where CK could fill a two-fold gap (unemployed youth and discouraged youth) by training community workers to conduct the relevant group work sessions with learners. Other beneficial roles for the community workers within the multi-disciplinary team could be explored.

The obvious benefits for the organisation, would be increased reach and impact, but more importantly it would ensure our willing compliance to the principle of “communities uplifting themselves”.

*Not in Employment, Education or Training


Anxiety Reduction Programme

According to the World Health Organisation, one in three South Africans will suffer a mental health episode in their lives. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues.

Community Keepers has partnered with the Universities of Stellenbosch and Bath (United Kingdom) on a joint research programme into the effectivity of a group-based programme for the reduction of generalised anxiety.

The pilot is conducted over 2 years (2019 and 2020) and initial indications of a successful implementation are very positive. At the end of 2019, Community Keepers staff who were enrolled in the pilot received training in the methodology of the new programme framework and an active pilot programme will be conducted in 2 Primary Schools with grade 5 learners early in 2020.

If successful, the programme will be implemented in all the Primary Schools partnering with Community Keepers.