012 348 6747

29 Glenwood road
Lynnwood Glen

Donations and Sponsorships


Whispers Speech and Hearing Centre officially opened its doors under new management and a new name on 1 April 2014.  This was mostly just an administrative change, as the important part of what we do had remained exactly the same… to provide early intervention, care, education and most of all language to hearing impaired children.

Whispers Speech and Hearing Centre now functions as a Not for Profit Section 21 Company under a Board of Directors whose diversity reflects the many communities that we work in. The Centre is registered as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO 126-074), a SARS Public Benefit Organization (PBO 930 046 427) and is BEE level 1 compliant.

Whispers Early Childhood Development Centre

A full time Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre. For children with hearing and communication difficulties.

Our challenges
  • Funding – more than 50% of the children are on subsidies and hence the largest part of our staff salaries have to be sourced elsewhere.
  • Real cost is almost R10000 per child per month, full paying children are only paying between R4550 and R5100 a month, depending on the hours spent in the programme. Hence bursaries for children are necessary.
  • Space – if our current trend toward growth continues we will run out of space by the end of the year.
  • We need to increase security measures for the registration of the school – gating off stairs, closing kitchen, safety gates on outside doors, etc.
Our vision for the future

For many of our children with some extra time they will have access to better long term educational placement – hence we dream of going to at least Grade 4. (We have an informal agreement in place with a small private school some distance away – ultimately we would like to be closer in location as this will facilitated a better working relationship and ensure continuity of the programme). Full time therapy services of at least one speech therapist, occupational therapist and later a physical therapist – on sponsored salaries as most of the children in the programme have access to limited health insurance.

Parent Guidance Department

A parent-directed information sessions, in the language of the parents, to educate parents as to what home interventions are best for the stimulation of their children with hearing impairment. This is also provided to educators and caregivers of children who have graduated and entered mainstream education.

Our challenges
  • Staffing – currently this department supports 60 children (59 families) with only one therapist.  We are trying to source funding to employ and train another therapist.
  • Internet – the current state of the internet available at the Centre is not enough to run the SkIP (Skype Intervention Programme) programme – the therapist runs this part of the programme from her home at her own expense in order to help the families. Most of these sessions are done at 6h30 in the morning because of the internet signal and also in order for the therapist to serve the other children in the programme during the rest of the day.
Our vision for the future

Find and train a remedially qualified teacher who can take over the mainstream support functions and open a separate department for optimal support of our children in inclusive education.

Start support groups for our children in each of the different phases of our programme – group for parents of a newly diagnosed child, our primary school children – and expanding to high school children – a very real need. Expand our SkIP programme to reach more children in Africa who are not able to access therapy services.

Youth Skills Development and Education Program

Preparing the next generation of therapists and caregivers is essential to us. We work closely with schools and Universities to teach and assist children and youth to work with our disabled children whether on a voluntary, academic, or community service manner.

Our Biggest Challenges

The small amount that is generated by fees being paid to the Centre for all services, only covers around 20% of the finances needed in the delivery of all the services provided.

Our staff salaries are a big part of our running budget due to the fact that all our staff are trained and experienced in the fields that they are involved in, and by virtue of the children we work with, a high adult child ratio is required in order to achieve success (2:6 in the junior groups and a maximum of 2:8 in our older groups).

We believe we are effective because we work in small groups to allow as much one-to-one interaction time to facilitate language learning. All classes have full-time trained teaching assistants to assist with this. Sourcing regular dependable financial assistance to make up the largest part of our running budget remains the biggest challenge we face in keep our doors open and fulfilling our mission.

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