SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Poverty relief through economic empowerment and skills development.
At Durban and Coastal Mental Health we work to break the cycle of poverty by empowering people with mental disabilities to achieve personal and economic success: one person, one family, one country at a time.
The Challenge Training Academy, which provides skills development programmes for people with disability, was officially opened on 07.09.11 by Councilor Zanele Ndzoyiya. The celebration marked another important milestone in the organisation’s commitment to the empowerment of people with intellectual disability and psychiatric illness. Seen in the picture are Deputy Director – Suraiya Paruk, Executive Director – Gita Harie, Chairperson – Mr Walter Peterson, Councillor Zanele Ndzoyiya, Mr Aubrey Snyman – Board Member, Rev Ngubane – Board Member.
The contract work we secure from local businesses offers our service users the opportunity to develop their visual and motor skills through gluing, assembling components, packaging, labelling and heat sealing. Service users each earn a share of the income generated to help supplement their disability grant.
Higher functioning service users are placed in factories and companies to gain work skills in the open labour market. They receive coaching and mentoring and remain within the safety net of Durban and Coastal Mental Health.
Block Making Project
Our 3-month Block Making Skills Training Programme trains service users to make, store and care for blocks and bricks that are Contest Approved. Participants also learn basic marketing and bookkeeping skills. On completion, a Certificate of Achievement is issued and participants are able to seek employment in the informal sector or pursue entrepreneurial activities.
|If you wish to purchase our high quality blocks and bricks please call our Contracts Manager, Kevin Binah, on 031 209 5332.|
Our Cleaning Skills Development Programme includes theory and in-service training components. Job placements in the open labour market are explored through our Supported Employment Programme.
Open labour market placements
We link adults with mental disabilities to employment opportunities in factories, businesses and NGOs to undertake work in packaging, reception, administration, cleaning, manufacturing blocks and bricks, and more.
Adults and children with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers learn skills and are supported in producing beaded items such as traditional skirts, jewellery, belts and badges.
|To purchase exquisite beaded items call Londiwe Dlamini on 031 207 2717 or Carmel Murugen on 031 209 5331/2.|
We help people with mental disabilities to develop sewing skills and to learn to produce place mats and traditional skirts. We’ve also trained parents of children with mental disabilities to sew Zionist Uniforms and traditional skirts to order.
We equip adults and high functioning children with intellectual disabilities with gardening skills. Participants have produced a wide variety of vegetables including beetroot, chillies, spinach, lettuce, herbs, carrots and beans. Our gardening projects in KwaMashu are funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, and empower unemployed and disabled people to earn an income and feed their families.