Genesis Safe Place
About, Vision, Mission
SafePlace is working to meet the need of an immediate place of safety for vulnerable people in communities around the Port Shepstone area. Many of the people we serve are victims of abuse, gender-based violence, rape, and sexual assault.
The mission of Safe Place is to not only protect vulnerable people from dangerous situations, but holistically bring change to our community by eliminating fear of violence and empowering leadership and community.
Safe Place falls under our Social Justice Division and is run by a diverse and dedicated team of leaders, social workers and youth mentors from the Port Shepstone, who report directly to a team of advisors and the Genesis Trust Board.
What do we do?
We set up Safe Place Units in close proximity (within 1km) of rural and underserved communities. These Safe Place sites act as an immediate place of safety for vulnerable people in those communities around the Port Shepstone area. Many of the people we serve are victims of abuse, gender-based violence, rape, and sexual assault.
Our goal is to provide immediate physical safety in our secure units, emotional safety provided by our trained site managers and security guards and to begin to walk the road of healing for those who have experienced trauma.
SafePlaces are secure: with safe lock-up facility, surrounded by security fences and slam lock doors in order to assist someone quickly and securely.
A trained, female site manager is on duty at night. Our Social Workers are on-call for tele-help and units are monitored by audio/visual technology with additional security on-call.
Each unit has a trauma-informed Safe Space room for a victim to be safely held in until he/she can be transported to the relevant hospital or police facility for their needs to be attended to.
While spending time getting to know our community, Safe Place recognised the need for long term, psycho-social support for people who have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse in their lives. To address this need, we have our very own team of trained social workers who are available in through the week to provide counselling, family support, or assistance navigating government systems in order to best find social, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Our social services team offer free consultations to anybody who asks and also receive referrals from local schools who identify a need with the students. They focus on empowerment through group work and community-lead practices.
Each Unit has its own version of Safe Play that uniquely finds ways to engage with the youth who live nearby, providing after school homework, activities and sports - and whatever means necessary to keep our youth away from the negative influences of drug and alcohol abuse and to help them to break the cycles of abuse, within their own families and communities. Through Bible Study, Book Club, our Soccer and Wave of Hope Surf Academies, our Genesis Hope SA team is able to connect and impact the lives of our youth. In addition to our Safe Play staff, a member of our Social Services team is always on hand if a child needs to talk or disclose anything to an adult.
Safe Play is also a vital way for our team to get to know those in the community by doing house visits, fun days, holiday and after school programs.