The Johannesburg Institute of Social Services (JISS) is a child and family welfare institute that extends services to individuals, families and communities irrespective of race, gender or creed. JISS endeavours to deliver services that reflect the demographics of South Africa.
Child and Family Care Units operate from the two JISS Centres in Mayfair and Lenasia. Social work services and community development/empowerment programmes including the complementary charity work of volunteers is delivered to the community from the two JISS Centres. Child abuse awareness and prevention programmes, an HIV/AIDS programme focusing on orphaned and vulnerable children as well as educare and outreach facilities in informal settlements are some of the community work programmes that JISS is involved in. Two Senior Citizens Luncheon Clubs enjoy the use of the JISS Centres.
Included under the JISS banner is a school in Lenasia for children with special needs, the JISWA School, as well as a Profound Unit for severely mentally challenged children.
JISS is an important centre for the training of student social workers from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg who do their practical work under the supervision of JISS’ social work managers.