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Community Keepers

Beautiful minds in every school

CK opens rooms on school premises manned by a professional therapist and a community member with lived experience. By investing in the social, emotional and mental well-being of learners and their caregivers we can create an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging and everyone can thrive.


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Target group
April 2024
Imagine trying to learn the 7-times-table or read a book while riding on a high speed rollercoaster. This is what life feels like for many of our children. They wake up troubled by the struggles they face, they then have to make their way to school and try to concentrate in the classroom.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

We discovered that there was only one state social worker and one psychologist to service 45 schools and 32 000 children in the Cape Winelands. A common denominator that we found across all ages was that people ‘needed someone to talk to’. This was particularly evident among the youth.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

We provide c.a.r.e. which includes Counselling, crisis intervention, containment and check-ins, Anchoring workshops where participants get to build up their own toolbox of techniques, Referral pathways and resources, and we work together to build an Environment or culture of well-being.

How has it been spreading?

Established in 2008, we now partner with 79 schools and will add 13 more in 2024. Our long term goal has always been to partner with 100 schools by 2025.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

We base ourselves on school premises to remove barriers to access. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a site visit.

Implementation steps

Our solution is scalable
"Those who feel love at home come to school to learn. Those who don’t, come to school to be loved. You cannot learn if you don’t feel loved because, for a child to be unloved is to be unsafe. If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer.” Please contact us to learn more

Spread of the innovation

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