For a decade prior to 2013, the future looked bleak for families living with people who have both Intellectual disabilities and behavioral challenges. After registering as an NPO and lobbying government for support, a joint decision was taken to renovate and open a 30-bedded supported living facility in the old nurses’ home on the grounds of Alexandra Hospital .

Members of The Open Circle Management Committee, with encouraging support from a Task Team of experts from the Departments of Health and Social Development and the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability, initiated the ground-work for this exciting venture.

The Open Circle was formally opened by Prof. Househam (Department of Health), Minister Albert Fritz (Social Development) and Minister Grant (Public Works) on 6 May 2015.

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