At Student Counselling and Development our social workers strive to promote and address social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment of students. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversity are central to us.  We engage students and structures to address life challenges and enhance well-being. Services we offer may vary between campuses and may include (but are not necessarily limited to):

The Meal-a-Day project

The Meal-a-Day project provides meals to deserving, needy students across the whole NWU. In order to be a Meal-a-Day recipient, students should meet the following criteria:

  • No full bursary that includes provision for meals
  • Unemployed parents or a single parent or no parents
  • A single parent with a low income
  • A good academic record
  • An undergraduate student

Documentation required to apply depends on each applicant’s situation:

  • Certified copies of death certificates of parents/guardian/foster parent
  • Certified copies of ID and proof of income of single parent
  • Certified copies of affidavits and IDs of unemployed parents
  • Certified copy of foster care or adoption order
  • Academic record or test or assignment results

Enquire with Student Counselling and Development to find out how to apply.

Social work assistance

Social workers may assist to identify and work on stressors that impact negatively on the student’s life.

These stressors may include but are not limited to:

  • Death of family members
  • Maintenance and financial difficulties
  • Alcohol and drug addiction
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Pathogenic families
  • Teenage pregnancy and motherhood
  • Sexual abuse and rape

Drug and alcohol abuse counselling and support

We offer the following counselling and support with regard to drug and alcohol abuse:

  • Awareness and wellness campaigns
  • Counselling to students who are addicted to and dependent on alcohol and drugs
  • Referrals to rehabilitation centres
  • Aftercare and support during and after discharge from rehabilitation centres
  • Support to the student’s family
  • Support groups for affected students
  • Support to students who have been arrested for drinking and driving
  • Creating dialogue on the prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse