Persons with Disabilities Programme | Western Cape Government

Persons with Disabilities Programme



The Persons with Disabilities Programme offers social welfare services to persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers.




Older persons weekThe Department of Social Development makes available the following services through its NPO partners: 

  • Residential care services facilities:
    ​These are managed by Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) who provide the temporary or permanent care, protection, support, stimulation and rehabilitation of people with disabilities. These services are provided when they can’t be done at home or in the community. 
  • Protective workshop services:
    Working with NPOs, the Department funds several workshops for people with disabilities. The workshops provide rehabilitation services and “work” opportunities to persons with disabilities who experience barriers in accessing employment in the open labour market.
  • Day care centres (for both children and adults):
    ​Centres are managed by NPOs to provide daytime supervised care, stimulation, structured programmes and activities. The Department also subsidises the salaries of carers and programme implementers and the safe transportation of children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities at 44-day care centres. The Department of Social Development also embarked on the Provision of Transport to Centres for Children with Severe to Profound Disabilities as part of the Right to Education process. This project was executed through the procurement and conversion of busses as well as an application and adjudication process to ensure that organizations with the greatest need receives priority. To date 4 busses have been handed over to special care centres for children.   
  • Social work services:
    •    Disability awareness and educational programmes;
    •    Developmental supportive and therapeutic services (social work interventions): counselling, support group programmes;
    •    Daycare programmes for adults and children with disabilities;
    •    Support programmes for families/caregivers; and
    •    Protective workshops services and residential care services.

You can access details of funded NPOs in the following categories:

Helpful information:

To access the services, visit any regional office:

  • Cape Winelands: 023 348 5300

  • Eden Karoo: 044 814 1687

  • Metro South: 021 763 6200

  • Metro North: 021 483 7673

  • Metro East: 021 812 0909

  • West Coast: 022 713 2272

You can also contact the tollfree number: 0800 220 250

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For more information contact:

Services to Persons with Disabilities Programme:

Leandra Sylvester- Rose 
Tel: 021 483 4015
Postal Address: Private Bag x 9112, Cape Town, 8000
Physical Address: 14 Queen Victoria Street, Union House, Cape Town, 8000

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 30 March 2023