Theory of Change


“Breaking the cycle of trauma
is critical for the well-being of family and children,
and has a relevance to social justice,
because trauma  diminishes life opportunities  across generations and hinders social mobility.”

In 2019, 72% (67% IN 2018) OF LEARNERS
interviewed after therapy experienced a positive improvement in the problems they initially presented with and their general functioning

In 2019, 94% (90% in 2018) OF LEARNERS
who made use of the Community Keepers service indicated that they would recommend Community Keepers to someone else

In 2019, 79.75% (77% IN 2018 ) OF EDUCATORS
polled indicated observing an immediate positive behavioural and attitudinal change in learners after being seen by Community Keepers

These figures reflect the impact of our work in the year 2019 and the cumulative impact since Community Keepers launched in 2008.


Below is an update of impact as at end September 2020

Programme Outcomes

Support Keepers (therapeutic interventions)

A therapeutic intervention lasts for an average of 6 weekly sessions of 45 minutes, but can extend to a year or longer in some cases.

  • a safe space where learners can receive therapeutic support to reduce the negative impact of challenges
  • clients who are supported and assisted when reporting and following up on a statutory case
  • learners with the social and personal skills to deal with everyday life and make positive life choices
  • parents and educators with the knowledge and skills to fulfill their responsibilities to learners
Life Keepers (prevention, motivation, encouragement and enabling through group work)
  • learners with the knowledge and skills to make positive life choices
  • learners who realise their own potential
  • learners who can work productively and fruitfully
  • learners with greater resilience and who can cope with the normal stresses of life
  • learners who are able to make a contribution to the community
  • healthy, effective, self-sustaining communities
Parent Keepers (support through one-on-one engagement and group workshops)
  • a safe space to discuss challenges and concerns
  • supported and empowered parents with the skills they need to raise their children
  • parents who realise their own potential and can identify their child’s potential
  • parents who are actively involved in their children’s lives
Teacher Keepers (professional development)
  • motivated educators with the practical and emotional skills to realise their own potential
  • educators with the knowledge on how to work productively and fruitfully
  • educators who prioritise and practice mental well-being
  • educators who build healthy relationships, and teach learners to do the same
  • educators who are able to make a contribution to their community.