Please note that most services at Scalabrini are running remotely.

If you have questions about assistance and support, you can contact our Welfare team. Please note, our Welfare Team has a very limited fund to help refugees and migrants at this time. Please understand that the Welfare Team are simply not able to assist everyone. We are receiving a very high number of calls and requests. Your application to Welfare Assistance will be assessed, but we cannot assist everyone.
To apply, please call or send a ‘please-call’ SMS to 071 711 1486 (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm). You can also email jane@scalabrini.org.za.

Our Objective

To assist clients in meeting their basic needs and to offer support to become socially integrated into South African communities.

Accessing Welfare

The Welfare Desk consults with clients Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00.

Through a process of consultation, the Welfare team will determine if it is able to assist individual clients. This includes assistance with access basic services, and a limited assistance programme which offers direct support to emergency and special cases. Services include home visits to the homes of our most vulnerable clients. The Welfare Team also advises on application for voluntary repatriation.

Welfare clients must demonstrate a willingness to work alongside the Welfare team by supporting change in their own life circumstances.


Special Projects

The AMKA Workshop is a collaborative effort between the Employment Access Programme and the Welfare Programme, designed to raise self-esteem and promote self-resilience amongst vulnerable refugee women. The workshops run for six months and cover art therapy, job readiness and digital literacy. Following this, one-on-one career guidance is offered. External skills-training (such as hospitality) can be sponsored. All AMKA members are then offered individual sessions to look for work and prepare for interviews.
2. Men’s Platform
The Men’s Platform at Scalabrini supports men to come out of isolation and develop skills to overcome issues affecting their lives. Together, the group identifies and addresses the difficulties impacting them. The aim of the Men's Platform is to create a network of trust, support, development and resource -where participating men are able to overcome difficulties and improve their lives.

Volunteer With Scalabrini

Our volunteers come from all over the world and bring a diverse set of experiences, knowledge and abilities. They support every aspect of Scalabrini’s programmes, from English lessons and administrative support, to outreach and advocacy work.

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