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House Olivier is referred to as a Self-Help Centre and provide accommodation and care to adult quadriplegics and paraplegics.

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Resident-Run Management Structure

At our center, what sets us apart from other facilities is that it’s entirely managed by the residents themselves. We don’t have a matron, nursing sister, or manager overseeing operations. Each resident plays a crucial role in managing and running the house, taking full responsibility for their designated tasks.

Residents take on various roles, such as staff representative, kitchen representative, maintenance supervisor, garden supervisor, liaison with the Department of Social Development, and overseeing vehicles. Every resident serves on the management committee, which convenes once a month.

While there are a few volunteers from the community on the management committee, the residents predominantly make the major decisions, reflecting our commitment to self-governance and empowerment.

Selection Process for New Residents

The center follows a structured process when selecting new residents. Here’s how it works:

  1. Application: Prospective residents complete an application form and submit it to the center.
  2. Review: The committee evaluates the application and decides whether to invite the candidate for an interview.
  3. Interview: Candidates meet with selected management and residents for an interview. Expectations are explained, and candidates have the chance to ask questions.
  4. Trial Period: If the selection committee sees potential, the applicant is invited for a two-month trial period. An agreement is signed defining the trial period.
  5. Assessment: During the trial, the applicant takes on duties within the house while existing residents evaluate suitability.
  6. Decision: Before the trial ends, existing residents discuss whether to accept the applicant as a full-time resident.
  7. Acceptance: Successful applicants are informed and become full-time residents in the house.


Bank: ABSA Bank

Account Number: 3010141663

Branch Code: 632005