The Crouch Bursary Fund (registration no. 2019/462842) was established to provide research funding for occupational therapists in the fields of psychiatry and mental health. The Fund was officially registered as a non-profit company with the CIPC on 16 September 2019.
It replaced the Crouch Trust, an NPO registered with the Department of Social Development(registration no. 047-796) on 19 April 2006.
The Crouch Bursary Fund's main objectives are to:
Secondary objectives are to:
Honorary Life President
Secretary / Bursaries
Marketing and Website
Bursaries and Awards
Policies and Procedures
Vivyan Alers worked with Rosemary Crouch to set up the Crouch Trust (the predecessor of the Crouch Bursary Fund) as a means of funding occupational therapy research in the fields of psychiatry and mental health. She passed away suddenly in April 2018 and is deeply missed and mourned by the board members.
Co-editor of three editions of "Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health", she was also an expert clinician, academic and author who held both an MSc Occupational Therapy (Wits) and a social work degree.She was principal editor of “Occupational Therapy: An African Perspective” (OTARG) and a popular lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She underwent training in sensory integration and chaired the South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI) for a period, and after undergoing psychodrama training in the UK, Jerusalem and France she became a recognized expert in a technique known as The Therapeutic Spiral. She used this to good effect when working with bereaved and traumatized community members through her non-profit organisation, situated in the poverty-stricken township of Ivory Park on Johannesburg’s outskirts.
Vivyan’s kind and vivacious spirit enriched the lives of family and friends alike, along with her generosity, love of gardening and expertise on the African bush, her creativity and artistic abilities and her overwhelming presence. Many individuals in need of support globally benefited from her collaboration, teamwork and joint productivity.
Rest in peace Vivyan