Epworth Children’s Village is a Methodist children’s home and therapeutic treatment centre, situated in Germiston, Gauteng. Epworth was established in 1914 as a residential home for children orphaned as a result of the war. Over the past 97 years, the services have changed and adapted to the needs of the times. Between October 2008 and December 2010, 1226 children and family members were assisted through Epworth’s programmes.
Epworth has made a remarkable journey since its beginnings. Originally Epworth was a home for white children. Now we offer services to children of all races, religions and languages in South Africa. In 2006 51 families were assessed and received therapy; in 2008 this number went up to 222 families and in 2010 706 children and their families received assessment and/or therapy. Epworth runs a unique and comprehensive therapeutic programme, which assists children at risk and their families. Our programmes help keep families together and place children back with their families. Each child takes part in a personalised therapeutic programme run by professional therapists. Our programmes are managed and supported by a dedicated team of professionals including psychologists, social workers, and an occupational therapist.