About WUCT

Westlake United Church Trust (WUCT) is a non-profit organisation, established in February 2002, by various churches in Cape Town. We are assisting the residents of Westlake Village who were previously living in shacks and have now been rehoused in low-cost government housing, to improve their quality of life and to become a self-sustaining, thriving community.

WUCT has renovated the Commando Hall for use as a Community Centre and is running a registered pre-school called Emmanuel Educare Centre for 180 children aged 3-6 years. We also run a Community Advice Office and a crafts center, where crafts such as beadwork and sewing is taught. As well as a Second Hand Shop. 

There are 3 registered Professional Nurses (PN’s) who are also known as Outreach Team Leaders (OTL), 24 Community Healthcare workers (CHW’s), who visit and take care of sick people in their homes in Westlake, as well as the surrounding areas.  They also facilitate an HIV support group, and 5 chronic disease support groups for people with conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

The Board of Trustees for the WUCT include:

      • Harold Stemmet (Chair)
      • Chris Heilberg
      • David Walsh
      • Di Forrester
      • Ann Albrecht
      • Fundisele Mbesi

Our Vision

To serve the Westlake Village community as witness to our Christian Faith.

Our Mission

Our mission is to uplift and empower the residents of Westlake Village through education, skills development, youth development, job creation programs and home based care, so that it becomes a self-sustaining and thriving community.


    • There are approximately 20 000 people living in Westlake Village.
    • It is estimated that the rate of HIV/AIDS infection in Westlake is over 30%.
    • There are 650 houses in Westlake, with an additional over 2 000 informal backyard dwellings (bungalows) built with either wood or corrugated iron.

Want to know more?

We are a Community organisation, by the community, for the community and welcome anyone who wishes to donate to us. This could include your time, household goods, clothing, school stationery, or financial donations towards any of our programs. Come and see what we do and meet the people behind our great organisation!

office hours

Monday to Friday

08:00 to 16:00


Westlake Community Centre, Corner of Egret Street and Stibitz Street, Westlake, 7945




+27 21 702 1697