Westlake United Church Trust (WUCT) is a non-profit organisation, established in February 2002, by various churches in Cape Town. We are assisting the residents of Westlake Village who were previously living in shacks and have now been rehoused in low-cost government housing, to improve their quality of life and to become a self-sustaining, thriving community.

WUCT has renovated the Commando Hall for use as a Community Centre and is running a registered pre-school called Emmanuel Educare Centre for 180 children aged 3-6 years. We also run a Community Advice Office and a crafts centre, where crafts such as beadwork and sewing is taught. Other projects include Adult Basic Education and Training, and a Second Hand Shop. There is an organic food garden which is run by women from the community.

WUCT is in partnership with Department of Health and runs a home based care program. There is a registered nursing sister, 15 community/home based carers, including 2 Patient Advocates/Treatment Supporters, who visit and take care of sick people in their homes in Westlake, as well as the surrounding areas. They also facilitate 2 HIV support groups, and 3 chronic disease support groups for people with conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

The Board of Trustees for the WUCT includes:

  • Harold Stemmet (Chair)
  • Chris Heiberg
  • Jimmy Sproctor
  • David Walsh
  • Di Forester

Video Tour of WUCT


  • There are approximately 12 000 people living in Westlake Village.
  • It is estimated that the rate of HIV/AIDS infection in Westlake is over 30%.
  • There are 650 houses in Westlake, with an additional over 850 informal backyard dwellings built with either wood or corrugated iron.