About SARC


What is SARC?

Our Aim
To maintain and expand a free, confidential Youth Counselling Service in Cape Town, South Africa.

Who Benefits?

Young people between the ages of 12-18 who are:
  • unable to attend school, are at risk of exclusion and disadvantaged by the effects of HIV/Aids, poverty, drug/alcohol abuse and crime or risk-taking behaviour;
  • at risk of contracting HIV/Aids due to lack of knowledge of safer sexual practices, who are being exploited, abused and assaulted;
  • suffering with mental health problems, are suicidal, abusing alcohol and drugs, or where these issues are present in the family;
  • street children and youths engaged in crime, prostitution, drug/alcohol abuse and other risk-taking behaviour.

SARC also offers specialist peer mentor training for 15- and 16-year-olds. These peer mentors work within their schools and communities, and have the opportunity to participate in international exchanges.

New Skills

There are many organisations working in Cape Town. None, however, are practising the model of counselling and training SARC can offer. The 10-module training programme includes NLP and EFT as well as listening skills. Specifically, the modules are:
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Communication
  • Rapport
  • Counselling Skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Perspectives
  • Counselling Sessions
  • Other Counselling Models
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
These qualified lay counsellors will practise in their local community centres, schools and churches. They can offer support and signposting to services that will be of help to individuals and organisations.