Durban and Coastal Mental Health has received the US Ambassadors HIV and AIDS Community Grant for the third time. Chief Social Workers, Ms Thembi Ngcobo and Ms Moonira Khan collected the award on behalf of Durban and Coastal Mental Health, During her speech the U S Consul General informed the audience that she has been to Durban and Coastal Mental Health’s Peer Education programme and has seen the wonderful work that we are doing. Well done to our team of Social Workers for your amazing work in moving towards zero new infections amongst adolescent girls and young women.
Awards of Excellence
Durban and Coastal Mental Health scooped 9 Awards of Excellence at the South African Federation for Mental Health’s Awards Function on the 14th September 2016. The following are the Awards:
1) Lalita Harie (Gita) for Outstanding Individual in the Field of Mental Health.
2) Walter Petersen – Volunteer Award.
3) David Justin Warmback – Appreciation Award
4) Social Work Programme: Circle of Hope: Foetal Alcohol Programme. …
5) Social Work Programme: HIV and Disability Programme.
6) Creative Arts Project for Children with Intellectual Disabilities.
7) Kerry Sharp: (Service User with Intellectual Disability) for Special Achievements.
8) Yolande Botha: Service User with Intellectual Disability) for Special Achievements.
9) Gorima’s Spices – Workplace Award
Social Work Programme
received Appreciation Award and Achievement Award for Good Governance and Compliance
from National Lotteries Commission for Arts and Crafts.
Our Social Work Programme (For the projects in Umbumbulu, Bhamshela & Kwa Mashu communities) the Recipient of an Appreciation Award and Achievement Award for Good Governance and Compliance from National Lotteries Commission for Arts and Crafts.
The Executive Director, Ms Gita Harie, submitted a nomination for Awards to NLC for our projects in the Charities Sector, Sports Sector and Arts & Culture Sector. DCMH was shortlisted and representatives of NLC did a site visit on the 09th November 2015.
FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN SELECTED !
Our Executive Director, Gita Harie has been selected by the US Government as one of 6 Gold Stars’ Alumni NGO leaders worldwide to go to the USA on an International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) fully sponsored by the US Government. She represented the NGO Sector for the African Region and left on the 01st May 2015 for this 21 days programme. She is the first South African that has been selected since the launch of this Gold Stars’ Alumni Project. The IVLP Gold Stars’ Project is a special initiative for IVLP Alumni’s’ to participate in a second exchange experience in order to reconnect with their US counterparts from their first project visit, and to develop new connections in their field of interest. Her first IVLP project visit was in 1998. Ms Harie shared: “This was a wonderful opportunity to share and exchange knowledge and to network with mental health professionals, volunteers and consumers during the 26 meetings that I participated in during this period. Many best practice models of service delivery were shared with me, some of which can be implemented in South Africa which will contribute to transforming mental health services in our country. I want to thank the US Government for selecting me as the first South African Gold Star Alumni and for affording me this incredible opportunity. I believe that this IVLP Gold Star Alumni Journey has contributed tremendously to my growth and development, both at a personal and professional level and I am inspired and motivated to direct Durban and Coastal Mental Health’s services to greater heights and Mental Health Services in South Africa.“ You can follow her participation in America that is uploaded on the following IVLP Blog. http://ivlpgoldstars.tumblr.com/
Durban and Coastal Mental Health has journeyed through 7 decades through many challenges as well as many triumphs. Great strides have been made to improve the quality of life of persons with mental health challenges. The organisation is a champion of rehabilitation and the promotion of mental well-being within communities. Our string of awards bears testimony to our work:
An awards function was held by the South African Federation for Mental Health in Gauteng and DCMH scooped the most number of awards. There were 8 categories and we won 5 Awards in 5 of the 8 Categories out of 17 Mental Health Organisations in the country.
- Winner Award: Innovative Programme in the field of Intellectual Disability – Jona Vaughan Home – DCMH
- Winner Award: Special Achievements – Intellectual Disability – Sipho Mjoka – DCMH
- Winner Award: Workplace Award – Uvex Safety SA – DCMH
- Winner Award: Appreciation Award – Andre Duvenage – DCMH
- Runner Up Award: Volunteer Award – Mr Walter Petersen – DCMH
The organisation also received awards from the Hamlet Foundation Annual Awards Banquet November 2014: –
- Outstanding Award – Yolanda Pearly Botha (Individual) – Person with Intellectual Disability
- Merit Award – Jona Vaughan Home Stimulation Programme (Other)
The Executive Director, Ms Gita Harie attended the National Lotteries Board Indaba 2013 Gala dinner and DCMH is proud to have scooped four awards at the prestigious National Lotteries Board Inaugural Awards Evening on the 18th April 2013. The Awards were :-
1. Achievement Award for Compliance : Sports
2. Achievement Award for Compliance : Arts
3. Achievement Award for Governance : Charities
4. Overall Winner Award for Compliance: Charities
Sherwood Residential Centre
DCMH proud to report that Sipho has received yet another accolade. He won the Award for KZN Sportsman of the Year (Sportsman with Disability Category) at a glamorous function hosted by the KZN Department of Sports and Recreation last Friday (4th October 2014). Sipho is extremely thrilled with this accomplishment and for having had the opportunity to be congratulated by one of his swimming heroes, Mr Chad Le Clos. DCMH continues to support Sipho in his drive to qualify for Paralympics 2016!
Sipho Mjoka does us all proud once again! Sipho participated in the Senior Nationals Swimming Championships held at Kingspark from 16th – 22nd April 2012. He received 4 medals (1 silver and 3 bronze) and the Anton Van Niekerk Award for the most Inspiring Swimmer of the tournament. Sadly, Sipho did not make the qualifying time for Paralympics 2012; however, he is already geared up for 2016.