The Lebone Centre is a Grahamstown/Makhanda NGO focusing on literacy development, Early Childhood Development (ECD) and the support of vulnerable children in the surrounding community.

Started in 2005 as part of the growing community engagement efforts of Kingswood College, the Centre was intended to serve the dual purpose of addressing the needs of vulnerable children in the immediate community, as well as offering a space where Kingswood staff and pupils could express the Methodist philosophy of ‘service’.  Under the auspices of the Integrated Community Development Programme (ICDP) Trust, the Lebone Centre was acquired – a house adjacent to the Kingswood campus – and before long, the project took on a life of its own.

The Lebone Centre has become an active hub consisting of the Little Red Dragon Pre-school, the ACE after-care programme for vulnerable children, and the Lebone Literacy Programme.  The Centre has become a recognisable face in the arena of literacy development, ECD, and the support of vulnerable children.

News & Updates

Lebone Centre COVID-19 response

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world, and, while at Lebone, we are accustomed to having to make daily changes and decisions that will have to change tomorrow, Covid-19 has introduced an ever-moving target of uncertainty – the ‘Coronoacoaster!  .  Yet, there are...

Moms become storybook authors!

We are so proud of our wordless storybook authors!  Read all about them in the recent Grocotts article - click here.                              

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Members of the public are welcome to visit us at the Lebone Centre to see our projects and meet our staff.  We welcome volunteers who are interested and experienced in literacy projects.

15 Currie Street, Grahamstown/Makhanda

Call Us: (046) 622-7985

Email: a.maritz[at]lebonecentre[dot]org