Our mission is to empower the residents of Westlake, Cape Town, South Africa.

Through empowerment, education, skills development programs and home based care, so that it will become a self-sustaining, thriving community.

Welcome to our website

20130524 quilts receivedWestlake United Church Trust (WUCT) is an award winning Non-Profit Organisation that employs 55 people at its multi-service facility embedded within a disadvantaged community incongruously to be found in an affluent Cape Town suburb. WUCT acts as a hub for the community of approximately 8000 people.  The staff is mostly employed from the community and 95% are from historically disadvantaged individuals.  In Rhoda Kadalie’s words, “WUCT is evidence of a community taking its destiny into its own hands”.

The WUCT project addresses issues of extreme poverty, ill health, early childhood development, unemployment and social issues.  The WUCT projects runs the Emmanual Educare pre-school catering for up to 210 children, Home Based Care programme supporting 350 people, with the carers conducting on average 2000 home visits per month, whilst the Community Advice Office placed 185 people in employment in 2012 and serves on average 400 people per month.

Financial Results

WUCT is blessed to be the vehicle to make a difference to the community of Westlake Village and we are thankful to all our sponsors, donors, volunteers and local churches who enable us to do this.  We were humbled that in 2012 a large budgeted shortfall was reduced to a small loss of R12 000 for the year.  We are grateful to be able to offer employment to 55 people and excited that we can give 210 children the best possible start to their education, and that we can feed them every day.

Tree Planting at Westlake United Church Trust

29 Apr
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WUCT is blossoming! Greenpop planted another ten trees on our campus on Friday 22nd– it was an exciting event. The Emmanuel’s Grade children were involved and the opportunity was used to teach them how important trees are, and how to care for them. Thank you Greenpop– you guys are stars!  (Report by Dave Barnes)