Community wellness centre planned

20 April 2017 | Life Style

Leandrea Louw

Pastor Patric Britz, former head boy of De Duine Secondary School and pastor at the Walvis Bay Community Church, pitched a proposal to the De Duine School board and the education inspector of the Walvis Bay Circuit, Monica Gawises, for the establishment of a community wellness centre called the De Duine Wellness Centre.

The centre will be based at the De Duine Secondary School but will serve the entire region. The vision for the centre is to equip parents, teachers and learners with tools to grow spiritually, adopt a healthy lifestyle and build a better character. Focus areas will be on the body, soul, mind and spirit of an individual.

Regarding spiritual aspects, they will have Sunday evening sessions comprising sessions on values, community transformation, parenting, marriages, and the impact families can have on a community, praise and worship nights, acquiring guidance from God’s word, forming smaller groups for connections on spiritual formation, and a follow-up with prayer and counselling. They think of hosting youth events in future either on a Friday or Saturday evening. During the week there will be counselling and spiritual guidance for the learners, as well as weekend or holiday camps.

Regarding mental aspects, learners will receive counselling on various topics, training in study methods, career guidance, peer mentoring and leadership training. Teachers will receive training in team dynamics and teamwork as well as providing emotional support for learners.

Parents will be able to attend seminars on financial stewardship, parenting, and discipline on boundaries.

Britz also said that it will be fitting to try and host the Global Leadership Summit in Narraville and Kuisebmond to cater for the leaders in those communities.

“We will set up a health clinic as well, with consultations with dieticians for the learners, as well as assistance with gym equipment. We will assist students to organise walks, and running and cycling events in and around Narraville as part of their community awareness campaigns.”

“Beside setting up the centre at De Duine, we will invest in a complete sound system for the school hall, a LCD projector with a laptop, and training for the counsellors and mentors.”

Gawises said she applauded and supported the initiative taken by the pastor and his team, and advised them to follow the correct procedures to set up the centre.

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