Bigger challenges : Our house to be re-decorated as furniture is starting to look old and well used An even bigger job – more offices and desks as we are sharing space with each other
We exist to facilitate the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of victims of trauma, crime and abuse.
Empathy – we treat each person with respect, self determination – we work with each client allowing them to determine for themselves what works best for them, it is not for us to tell clients what they should or should not do.
Confidentiality is at the core of our intervention
Integrity – honesty and ethical behaviour is our motto
Responsible – we work in a responsible manner, knowing when we should refer clients to other service providers who are better equipped to handle a situation.
Dignity – we treat each person coming to ATU with absolute dignity and respect, irrespective of their age, race, sex, culture, socio-economic, religious beliefs or circumstances
Advocacy – we speak up for victims of abuse and domestic violence.
Lynette was born in South Africa but grew up and schooled in Zimbabwe. She trained as a teacher and then spent 43 years in Education teaching children from 5 yrs through to matrics. She ended the last 14 years of her career as principal of a primary school.
She is the proud mother of three children, three in law children and 7 grand children.
Throughout her life she has taken a keen interest in people – especially children and parents – understanding, empathising and nurturing those in need.
She joined ATU in 2012 and was elected as board chairman, a position she has held since then.
Gail is a Social Worker and is currently enrolled in the Masters programme with the University of KwaZulu Natal.
She has over 25 years experience in Non Profit organisations, having founded and led several organisations over this period. This includes the Pregnancy Resource Centre, Africa Cares for Life and Haven of Love – all based in Amanzimtot, on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal.
Gail believes that violence on vulnerable women and children is an indictment of a sick society. Her passion is to be a catalyst for change and to make a meaningful contribution to her community.
Gail is married to Gary and they have 2 children and are blessed with 3 grandchildren.
Nokwanda Dlamini is ATU’s recently appointed social worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Africa in 2013.
She previously volunteered at Durban YMCA where she was involved in their child and youth development programmes. Nokwanda was recognised as one of the most dedicated volunteer of the year in 2011. Working with children and vulnerable people remains her biggest passion. She believes in fair and equal treatment for all people and respect others where respect is due.
Nokwanda is a mother to a 6 months old boy and she loves spending time with her family.