Males and females over the age of 18 years, under 60 years, with intellectual disabilities.

Fairly independent activities of daily living (walking, washing, dressing, eating and able to participate in Centre activities) and able to live peacefully in a communal setup.

  • Individuals with psychiatric problems or diagnosis
  • Individuals with a history of aggression or aggressive behaviour
  • Individuals with a history of unacceptable sexual and related behaviour
  • Individuals with a history of substance abuse
  • Individuals with physical disabilities

Vacancies only become available when a resident leaves or passes away. The waiting period for admission can therefore be quite long.

We advise that family do not wait until the person seeking admission is over 40 years, as adaptation to communal living and the Centre way of life becomes more difficult with age.

When an application meets the criteria, which will include an interview with the resident and family, a three-week trial period is arranged.

A twofold assessment is done, firstly, whether the potential resident enjoys Centre living and wants to stay, and secondly, whether his/her integration with the other residents is successful.

The Centre is funded by the Department of Social Development in the form of monthly subsidies for each Department approved resident. Furthermore, SASSA disability grants and a monthly boarding fee is added.

This covers half the operational cost.  The other half has to be obtained through fundraising.

  • Bakery – residents assist with various tasks within the bakery, from mixing, weighing, rolling, decorating and packaging and labeling of produce.
  • Home Industry Kitchen – residents assist with cleaning of bottles, grating, chopping, mixing, packaging and labeling of produce.
  • Handcrafts – a variety of handcraft work is done i.e., spinning, weaving, embroidery, mat making, knitting and loom knitting, crocheting, leatherwork, etc.
  • Pottery – a variety of ceramic articles made by hand or potter’s wheel.
  • Some residents are placed in other work areas, assisting, for example, in the kitchen and on the grounds.
  • All residents assist in keeping their units tidy.

The Centre does cater for those with medical conditions that require special diets e.g., diabetics and those with allergies. The Centre liaises with family for contribution towards extra costs incurred.

On average, a unit houses 14 residents, with 4 double rooms and 6 single rooms. One house parent per shift takes care of the residents, with the exception of two units where there are more carers and night staff.

We have a total of 2 female units, 4 male units and 1 mixed gender unit.

The Centre has 4 holidays during the year, somewhat coinciding with school holidays, and 1 out weekend per term, when residents can visit family.

Exercise is important to remain physically healthy.

In summer residents can swim in the pool; the soccer field is used for soccer, soft ball, cricket and there are a few runners and walkers amongst the residents.

Indoor exercises is done when the weather is bad or for those not able to participate in outdoor activities.

From after supper, residents have free time.  There are televisions in the two communal main lounges where residents can socialize.

All residents celebrate birthdays and these are either celebrated as a dance or a DVD evening.

Staff organise various dances throughout the year, e.g., Valentines Dance, Spring Dance, Old Years Dance, which are usually in the evenings.

It is not difficult to find a reason for a dance at the Centre. :)

The Centre does not close during the year. However, holiday times, when there are less residents, staff takes the opportunity to go on leave.

During holiday periods, there are less residents and staff.

Outings and special meals are arranged and the public (churches, clubs, individuals) often arrange to support the residents, spending time with them, doing a braai or entertaining them e.g., with music.

Some residents do have cell phones, laptops or DVD players, for which the Centre cannot take responsibility.  Use of these items are controlled during the day.

Residents are not allowed to have pets at the Centre.

There are animals (cats & dogs) on the grounds which belong to staff and residents enjoy their presence.

Provided visitors arrange with the office during office hours or with the house parent, residents can receive visitors ideally over weekends in the mornings and after rest time in the afternoons.

The Centre management evaluates, upon application, to see whether the parents or guardians have a trust or a Will in place or some financial arrangement to ensure financial sustainability once they are no longer there.  Someone must be nominated and the Centre must know who will take over their role when they fall away.

We request that family make provision for the resident’s financial care needs well in advance, to prevent a resident from being destitute when family is no longer there.

Lake Farm Centre applies Christian principles.  Residents start their days with singing and scripture, and end the day in their units with prayer.  This is very much enjoyed by our residents.  We will not force any religion on a resident.

We arrange church services some Sundays at the Centre and make use of the services of various denominations.

We are dependent on the support and assistance of volunteers who donate time and expertise.

Please contact the office at 041 379 1555 or for more information.

Please support our shops by buying our products and advertise our products through word of mouth.

Cash donations are always welcome.

Donations in the following forms are welcomed:

  • For the kitchen, bakery and home industry: flour, sugar, oil, baking and cooking aids; fruit etc.
  • For the workshops: material, wool, thread, fabric paints, any craft related items.
  • Clearing out house and / or garage?  We can either use or sell gently used items, from crockery to furniture.

If you would like to suggest any initiatives to assist, please contact our Office at 041 379 1555 or


The percentage of residents who do not have families to support them financially is growing.

Our residents have the privilege at the Centre to enjoy being useful and feel needed and worthy; to live a full life with friends and others who accept and love them.

We need people who are willing to assist us financially to keep residents, who have no financial support, to continue living at the Centre.

Contact our office for more information at 041 379 1555 or if you are interested to sponsor a particular resident.