West City Fellowship was established in 1988 to serve the spiritual and social needs of the Chesterville and Westville communities. As the needs and our programmes evolved and diversified, it became necessary to formalise our ongoing social responsibility programme and Ukuthula Trust was thus established as a Non-Profit Organisation in 2011 paragraph.
West City Fellowship began its prison ministry in 1991. Central to their vision is the Restorative Justice Programme which seeks to assist offenders to become responsible and accountable persons. The purpose of the course is for the inmates to acknowledge the impact of the crime that has affected the victim, their family and the community at large. The programme teaches them core values, trust, honesty, accountability and anger management etc. It provides a platform for offenders and communities to work together for successful re-intergration back into society.
Some of Ukuthula Trust’s most important work is providing counselling to victims of child abuse, rape and domestic violence. We continue to support the people of Chesterville through these essential programmes, as well as providing ongoing guidance and input to HIV/AIDS support groups in the area.
Training & Employment
Our vision is to offer a broad spectrum of employment and empowerment skills in various fields, including building and construction, plumbing and electrical, computer literacy programmes and personal and small business finance management. We will do this by partnering with various organisations and businesses. We will also be offering them career guidance, compiling of CV’s and help find employment through our association with Futurelink, a national staffing solutions company.
Our primary mission is to sustain and recruit support for the upliftment programmes and services provided by our team of devoted volunteers. At the heart of this mission is the construction of a community hall in Mhlati Road. This centre will house classrooms for training and venues for ministry – a sanctuary for the people of Chesterville. Most importantly, it will allow us to do more for more people.