HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Workshop is a registered non-profit making charitable organization whose main objective is to provide an enabling environment for the disabled to escape from self-pity by being afforded the dignity of working for their sustenance. The organization’s area of operations, in accordance to its Constitution, encompasses Randfontein, Krugersdorp, Roodepoort and Johannesburg.
The Workshop has its modest origins in 1986 at the residence of Mrs. Sadie Daniels in Toekomsrus, Randfontein. Moved with compassion for the plight of the disabled, Mrs. Daniels was ably assisted by a social worker employed by the West Rand APD to bring this noble venture into existence.
The transformation of the lives of the disabled and terminally ill from dependency to self-sustenance is The Workshop’s main objective. The medium through which this objective is to be achieved is by providing training, mentoring and an enabling working environment for the disabled persons to attain self-reliance.
The Workshop caters for people from all ethnic backgrounds as amply demonstrated in the composition of its current members and beneficiaries. These beneficiaries have varying degrees of handicaps ranging from the physically handicapped, the mentally retarded and the terminally ill. It currently has 32 workers, including 3 able-bodied volunteers who assist with management and training of the operations.