The Link Newsletter July 2019 
Registration: Public Benefit Organisation


Link @Westbury

The Link @Westbury is a unique centre - the only Link that operates in the afternoons! Westbury started in April 2018 and soon thereafter a lovely new wooden classroom was donated by the Masons of University Lodge.  The new venue has made a huge difference to the learners, giving them privacy and improving their concentration. At the moment, the centre operates on a Tuesday and Thursday from 14h00 to 15h45.

Fordsburg Centre

The Centre Manager at our Fordsburg Centre, Khudaija Patel,  noticed that some of the children were coming to class hungry.  She contacted the Crosby Muslim Women’s Forum and they immediately organised for bread to be delivered to the school 3 times a week.  The volunteers at The Link provide the spreads (margarine, jam, cheese) and a staff member and volunteer parent make up the sandwiches.  They are currently feeding 80 children at both breaks every day. A local butcher has now offered some soup meat which may allow them to provide a bowl of soup in winter to the learners.
What a wonderful initiative!
The centre continues to receive regular donations from the CMWF, including fruit!

Standard Bank

Standard Bank Group Compliance has been a partner of The Link since 2013.
They were involved with the opening of The Link Literacy Centre at Parktown Public School and since April 2019, they have been  assisting The Link at our newest centre, WH Coetzer Primary School, The Hill, South of Johannesburg. 
During the course of 2019, a total of 380 staff members from Standard Bank will be assisting Grade 2 learners by volunteering their time for two hours.  
Before each session, the volunteer staff members are briefed for 15 minutes by Carina Delport, the Centre Manager and here they are told what material and activities they will be using.  Many of the staff have volunteered at The Link Parktown Public School previously and have a good idea of what is expected of them.  The children love having them at the school as they "look up" to them as successful managers and aspire to become like them one day!!  

CSI Project

Lombard Insurance is piloting a CSI project where one of their divisions takes an active role within the NPO forum with the aim of providing assistance and skills that would normally be found in a business environment.

The Link is very fortunate to have been chosen as a partner in this venture and not only have we received a financial donation from Lombard, but we are also receiving advice on financial and people management, marketing, strategy, etc.
We are hugely grateful for this invaluable input! 

Numeracy workshop

The Link Numeracy ran a very successful workshop on Friday 12th July for all Numeracy volunteers. Viv Spooner, a Brombacher Associate, explained the importance of games in assisting children with the concepts in the Numbersense books.  "All games have a problem to solve or a choice to be made,” she said, "and we need the learners to make the link between the activity and the concepts in the books.” She emphasised how important it was for learners to move away from counting in ones to counting in “chunks”. The volunteers then got an opportunity to play all of the numeracy games on display.
Please support us in having us listed as a beneficiary for the MySchool Card scheme. There can be more than one beneficiary linked to a card. For more information, please visit the My School card website.
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