Community upliftment through skills development

Village Heights Community Centre (VHCC) was adopted by ZVT as a project in 2012 due to its proximity to Zandvlei and to Rondevlei Nature Reserve, as well as the community’s commitment to rehabilitating the surrounding natural environmental whilst uplifting the local populace.

VHCC is a non-profit, social and environmental organisation situated in the Lavender Hill area in the informal settlement at the end of Military Road close to the Rondevlei Nature Reserve’s western border.

Its members run a number of skills development and upliftment projects for the local community. VHCC works with many organisations both local and international and Zandvlei Trust offers support, expertise and skills training in administering an NPO, to help further their aims.

Some of the current projects include a community library and surfing lessons for different age groups, a community vegetable and nature garden,, various youth and adult development programmes including an eco-buddy initiative, crochet knitting, sewing classes and an assisted feeding scheme.
This is part of an ongoing working relationship with the community of Village Heights, Zandvlei Trust, various other voluntary NPO’s and the City of Cape Town. Village Heights was adopted by the City of Cape Town as a legacy community pilot project during The World Design Capital 2014.

Location: Village Heights – Lavender Hill
Project Manager: ZVT – Gavin Lawson & Sharon McCallum / VHCC – Bernadine Thomas