Accessing services for migrants and refugees in need
To assist clients in meeting their basic needs and to offer support to become socially integrated into South African communities.
The Scalabrini Welfare team offers assistance to any migrant and refugee in need. Through a process of consultation, the team is able to assist individuals to access basic services such as medical care, schooling, shelter, South African Social Grants (SASSA grants) and assistance with advice/application for voluntary repatriation. Services include home visits to the homes of our most vulnerable clients.
The desk also manages a limited assistance programme which offers direct support to emergency and special cases.
Scalabrini Centre believes that an individual’s sense of well-being is essential to achieving personal financial sustainability. Welfare clients must demonstrate a willingness to work alongside the Welfare team, by supporting change in their own life circumstances.
The Welfare Desk consults with clients Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00, and in the afternoon by appointment.
  • To assist individuals in meeting their basic needs through referrals and through limited direct assistance for emergency and special cases.
  • To facilitate access to, and provide information about, services in sectors including education, health, law and order, labour and in the Departments for Home Affairs and Social Development.
  • To promote proactive engagement by clients in improving their own circumstances.
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.
AMKA, a Swahili word meaning ‘to wake up’, is a 6-month process consisting of the following trainings: art therapy (Art Therapy offers individuals a process of personal evolution and development through artistic expression. The art therapist provides accompanying measures that allow a person to express, to give shape and to work out the said, and the inexpressible in such a way as to connect and give meaning to these various aspects of the self in a dynamic process of change”), job readiness (such as goal setting, confidence, proactivity and effective communication), and digital literacy. Following these, one-on-one career guidance is offered and external hard skills training, such as hospitality, can be sponsored of required. All AMKA members are then offered individual sessions to look for work and prepare for interviews.