Jona Vaughan Home Christmas Party
The Residents of Jona Vaughan were treated to a fun-filled Christmas party sponsored by the Lions Club of Amanzimtoti.
Festive décor, delicious snacks, lively music and happy guests created the perfect party atmosphere for the afternoon.
Each Resident was thrilled to receive a thoughtful gift from Santa; pictured here are Mandy Ngcobo, Nokuthula Mkhize , Sipho Chesterville and Lynda Kirkwood.
At the end of the Party the Residents (Debbie Geyer) gave flowers to Granny Pat Dalziel thanking her for her kindness, support and help throughout the year.
International Day for Persons with Disabilities
Sports Day for Mental Health Care Users
In keeping with the theme of “Upholding the Dignity and Self-worth of Mental Health Care Users, the Phoenix Sub- Office of Durban and Coastal Mental Health hosted a Sports function for Mental Health Care Users from the Phoenix Residential Care Centre, Challenge Protective Training Workshop: Phoenix and Phoenix Happy Hours Day Care Centre.
International Day for Persons with Disabilities was commemorated on 03/12/2017 and we showcased the abilities of our Mental Health Care Users through sporting activities. All our Service Users from the Challenge Protective Training Workshop, Phoenix Residential Centre and Phoenix Happy Hours participated in the event.
The details of the event were as follows:
Date: 04 December 2017
Venue: Phoenix Sub Office – 59 Clayfield Drive, Clayfield, Phoenix
We wish to thank all sponsors that made the event a success.
16 Days of Activism
“Count me in, says Durban and Coastal Mental Health ”
In keeping with the 16 Days of Activism Campaign theme of “Count me in”, mental health care users and staf…f of Durban and Coastal Mental Health-Phoenix together with stakeholders in the community raised awareness at the McDonalds Robot in Mount Edgecombe on 27/11/2017.
Motorists and passers by were given bumper stickers and pamphlets in an attempt to encourage them to create a violent free Society. The placards that were advertised by the mental health care users included messages that urged people to refrain from domestic violence. The demonstration received attention from motorists as they hooted, waved and even made comments.
Social worker, Mrs Sharleen Pillay encourages the community to make Violence Against Woman, Children and Persons with Disabilities a public issue rather than hiding behind it being private. We can all make a difference by taking action and reporting and/or referring such cases or even starting such conversations with our youth and families. Persons with disabilities are a vulnerable group in our community and we need to ensure that they do not fall prey to such abuse.
Couples with Disability Dialogue
Relationships and conflict management are part of human beings existence in Society, so to for persons with disability.
At Durban and Coastal Mental Health, we have found that domestic violence is evident and further perpetuated due to lack of information, inability to appropriate express frustrations and the general misconception that there is no recourse for offenders. When planning the activities for the 16 days of activism campaign for 2017, Social Worker, Mrs Sharleen Pillay included the “Couples with Disability Dialogue” as a prevention programme.
The programme invited 15 couples and was held at Durban and Coastal Mental Health, Boardroom at 59 Clayfield Drive, Clayfield, Phoenix. The Programme included a presentation on the types of abuse, Saps intervention options, Conflict resolution techniques, anger management and a role play on domestic violence. The speakers of the day included Mrs Sharleen Pillay and Sergeant Merle Govender. The initiative was supported by Phoenix Crisis Centre and SAPS Youth Forum.
The dialogue allowed couples to acknowledge triggers of abuse, brainstorm coping skills for emotional and verbal abuse, become aware of their rights in respect of sexual abuse and express their suggestions of overcoming domestic violence.
The Programme was a resounding success as many Mental Health Care Users expressed their thanks and appreciation for an initiative of this nature.
Launch of Disability Rights Awareness Month
We were honoured that Durban and Coastal Mental Health’s (DCMH) Projects were selected for the Launch of Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) 2017 by the Honourable National Minister, Ms Bathabile Dlamini of Social Development on the 3rd November 2017. We wish to thank the MEC for Social Development in KZN, Ms Weziwe Thusi MLP, for identifying our organisation for the Official National Launch.
Youth Day Celebrations
The CPTW programme acknowledged the anniversary of the march held by schoolchildren in Soweto on 16 June 1976, to protest unfair and poor conditions at their schools. Awareness talks were held and service users dressed in school uniforms as a sign of support for the learners who were killed 41 years ago. They were also made aware of the important issues like peer pressure, substance abuse and unemployment which affect the youth of today.
The Service Users of CPTW Phoenix put their creative hats on and came up with extraordinary hand crafted Fathers’ Day cards with special messages which they gave to their dads on Father’s Day 18 June 2017. We wish all fathers a Happy Father’s Day.
“Anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad”- Anonymous
Jabulisile’s Traditional Ceremony
Jabu’s dad hosted a lovely ceremony for his daughter and invited some of her friends from Sherwood Residential Centre to attend.
Our Residents decorated their outfits for the day with beads and participated in some of the singing and dancing.
Some of them were very generous and joined the Manager of the Centre in pinning money on her head gear.
The function ended with a delicious lunch and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
Sherwood Resident excels in Supported Employment
Mr Allan Burnham is a long-term Resident at Sherwood and he has been working for Saint Giles for more than 25 years.
Saint Giles is also a NPO for persons with Disability and they placed Allan at the Blood Bank in Durban.
Allan works with the team that is responsible for packaging pharmaceutical material at the Blood Bank.
He has been awarded a Certificate for Outstanding Achievement by Saint Giles for 2016.
This Award is to recognise Allan’s contribution and team spirit for the year at his place of supported employment.
Allan is overjoyed to receive this award and DCMH is very proud of him.
Persons with Mental Disability can integrate in the economic environment with the appropriate support and understanding.
Well Done Allan!
Family for Literacy Programme
KPMG – KZN through their KFFL Programme (Family for Literacy Programme) donated 268 books for our Service Users. Our Service Users are excited about having books to read during their holiday period. Our sincere thanks to KPMG Partners and Staff for this generous donation. Our Residents that live in our Residential Care Centres will have these wonderful books to read during their holidays.
76th Annual General Meeting
Durban and Coastal Mental Health’s (DCMH) 76th Annual General Meeting celebrations with 93 guests. Councillor Zamani Khuzwayo, representative for Her Worship, the Mayor Councillor Zandile Gumede provided an inspirational message of support. The President of the South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH), Dr Lochandra Naidoo also shared a wonderful message of support. DCMH was the Recipient of 9 National Awards from SAFMH and Dr Naidoo handed the Awards to DCMH. Our guest feature was “Art in Motion” – our Service Users were a shining example of doing their best during their amazing dance performance, their moving song rendition of DCMH’s Anthem and poetry recitals of poems composed by them at our AGM.
Residential Care Programme
Residents at Jona Vaughan Home were delighted to receive an elevated sand play table that was donated to the Centre by a few of the local businesses.
This project provides 24 hours holistic care for children and adults with Profound Intellectual Disability so receiving a wheelchair friendly sand table is very welcome.
Our Residents have been enjoying the feel, texture and fun with the sand as part of their daily Stimulation activities.
Thank you to the Amanzimtoti Community for bringing joy to our Residents!
Challenge Protective Training Workshop
The Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre performed a moving and beautiful dance drama entitled “Unclenching the Fist” which focused on the theme of domestic violence. 250 beneficiaries were engrossed in the poignant drama and participated actively in the discussion following the performance.
They were then engaged in a lively and fun dance workshop involving a lot of hip swinging and arm stretching with the dance team, which they all thoroughly enjoyed.
Siwela Sonke is one of the leading dance companies in South Africa, having performed nationally and internationally. Their work focuses on relevant, contemporary issues in South Africa and they have pushed the boundaries of Theatre and Art in the country.
Social Work Programme: North
Phoenix Happy Hours Day Care Centre commemorated Child Protection week on 01st June 2016 at with the children.
They were educated through song and use of dolls on Child Abuse and Protective Behaviours by Social Worker, Sharleen Pillay.
Parents of the children received educational pamphlets on child abuse signs and symptoms, rights and responsibilities of children and recourse that they can take if they are placed in child abuse settings.
The children were included in hand prints to show their contribution towards Child Protection.
If there are children in the community that require assistance in coping with child abuse, they are encouraged to contact
Durban and Coastal Mental Health on 031 5023622, 031 5021732 or visit us at 59 Clayfield Drive, Clayfield, Phoenix.
“Recognising Poverty Awareness Month and Anti-Tobacco Day”
The Staff and Mental Health Care Users of the Challenge Protective Training Workshop: Phoenix, a project of Durban and Coastal Mental Health commemorated Recognising Poverty Awareness Month and Anti-Tobacco Day on the 31st May 2016.
The Mental Health Care Users were encouraged by Social Worker, Mrs Sharleen Pillay on the value of caring for the less fortunate and were motivated to contribute items for grocery hampers. These grocery items will be collected and packed into hampers that will be distributed to impoverished families that require some material assistance. Mental Health Care Users were further educated on positive compassion for others in their surrounding areas and equipped with options of how to offer emotional support to the poor and needy.
With the momentum going of disciplined spending and caring for others, Mental Health Care Users were educated on the negative impact of smoking on their physical and financial well-being. Active discussions and interactions between Staff and Mental Health Care Users around smoking was well received and will hopefully result in decreased smokers at Challenge Protective Training Workshop: Phoenix.
Human Rights highlighted amongst Disability Sector
Durban and Coastal Mental Health implemented a day of fun and education For Mental Health Care Users to highlight the significance of Human Rights and Easter.
The programme included activities, an Easter Egg hunt, laughter therapy and educational presentations by the Social Worker, Mrs Sharleen Pillay. Mrs Pillay would like to place on record the generous sponsorship and assistance of Vernon Moodley and family, Jerome Maharaj and Krishnee Reddy for their time, sponsorship and kindness. The Mental Health Care Users were grateful for the initiative and understood their place in Society in respect to Human Rights. The event was on 19 March 2016 at 59 Clayfield Drive, Phoenix.
Challenge Protective Workshops
The month of love has been celebrated in style at the Challenge Protective Workshops. Service users were attired in the popular red and white theme colours for Valentines. Discussions were held on
the need to show love and care to everyone in our lives. Creative flair was encouraged through our card making competitions and off course the highlight is always the Miss and Mr Valentine’s Day. The members of CPTW Wentworth got their boogie on in the garden and had lots of fun.
Durban and Coastal Mental Health was the Winner of the Award for
“Best Community Impact in South Africa”
at the Business Excellence Awards Function at Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg on the 06th November 2015.
Dignity in Mental Health
At Durban and Coastal Mental Health, we are committed to helping Service Users with Mental Disabilities to break the seemingly unbreakable cycle of poverty, poor education, unemployment and disability discrimination, so that they can find their rightful place in society and the workplace. Our aim is to build their capacity and self-esteem, so that they can achieve a higher level of independence and improved quality of life.
In keeping with the theme of upholding the dignity and self-worth of Mental Health Care Users, and World Mental; Health Day that was celebrated on 10/1/02015 we the Phoenix Sub office of Durban and Coastal Mental Health in partnership with the Eastbury Sathya Sailum hosted a braai for mental health care users from Phoenix Residential Centre and Phoenix Challenge Protective Training Workshop. The braai was at Mahatma Gandhi Park on 24 October 2015. Social workers, Mrs Sharleen Pillay and Mrs Narisha Manelah expressed their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the donors for their sponsorship of the meat, coal, sound and the tent for the braai. Our Mental Health Care Users enjoyed the outing at the park, activities planned and the sumptuous meal.
We believe in the slogan of the South African Federation of Mental Health (SAFMH) “Mental Health is the Nation’s Wealth” and we are confident that activities of this nature uphold the dignity of Mental Health Care Users.
The Diamond Jubilee Tea events held in each of the Organisation’s projects to mark this special milestone of DCMH’s 75th anniversary were greatly enjoyed by all our Staff and beneficiaries. Beautifully iced cupcakes and a variety of cakes sponsored by Pan Bake, family members and a host of other well-wishers helped us to celebrate in style. All the events included special dance and song items and staff and beneficiaries shared messages on what DCMH has meant to them over the years. Well done to Staff for the splendid décor they created for the Diamond themed event.
Social Workers implement a campaign to stop Suicide
A new survey shows that for every suicide there are 20 attempts by young South Africans. The Durban Para-suicide study says up to one-third of all attempted suicides seen in hospitals involve children and adolescents. Social Workers from the North Central Social Work Programme embarked on a campaign in communities from Phoenix to Mandeni raising awareness on suicide especially as we head towards final examinations.
Social Workers shared the following suicide prevention tips with the youth:
- Suicide prevention tip #1: Speak up if you’re worried
- Suicide prevention tip #2: Respond quickly in a crisis
- Suicide prevention tip #3: Offer help and support
Social Workers also shared the following Suicide warning signs in teens:
Change in eating and sleeping habits
Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities
Violent or rebellious behaviour, running away
Drug and alcohol use
Unusual neglect of personal appearance
Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork
Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomach-aches, headaches, fatigue, etc.
Not tolerating praise or rewards
DURBAN AND COASTAL MENTAL HEALTH
75TH YEAR CELEBRATORY EVENTS
- A 75th Annual General Meeting on the 29th September 2015 at the Life Skills Room of our Sherwood Residential Care Centre;
- His Worship, Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo is hosting a Mayoral Reception in honour of DCMH’s 75 years of service to Persons with Mental Disabilities in the eThekwini Municipality;
- A celebratory cake and tea event at our Projects for our 1 300 Service Users at our 25 projects in the month of October 2015 as October is World Mental Health month and a celebratory lunch combined with a Christmas Lunch in December 2015;
- An invitation to key Stakeholders to join us for a Breakfast Presentation and a Tour at some of our 25 Projects on the 21st October 2015 to raise the profile of our Organisation;
- As a finale to 2015, a celebration and gratitude function for staff in December 2015 to acknowledge staff for their contribution to our Organisation remaining a leading service provider in the field of Mental Disabilities.
Casual Day 2015
Springing into Action
Colour, art, fun and laughter were the order of the day as the Challenge Protective Training Workshops pulled out all the stops to celebrate Casual Day 2015. In line with the theme, “Spring into Action” our Service Users crafted beautiful flowers, trees, butterflies and fairies and “dressed up” in their prettiest spring clothes. Slogans like “Beautiful butterflies, Beautiful Me” and “We are all unique pieces of art work” helped to enhance their sense of esteem and uniqueness. Music, food and modelling helped to add to the celebrations as all Staff and Service Users sported their Casual Day stickers in support of Persons with Disability.
A special word of thanks to UKZN Occupational Therapy Department and all our sponsors who contributed to making this a joyous occasion.
MANDELA DAY COMMEMORATION
Social Work Programme
In commemoration of 67 minutes on Mandela Day as well as build up to the 75th anniversary celebration for Durban and Coastal Mental Health, the social work team initiated the Mandela Day Programme on the 21 July 2015.
The objective for the day was for DCMH Staff to “adopt 67 Service Users for 67 minutes”. During this period the allocated Staff member got to know more about the Service User/s ( family background etc.). The Staff member in return briefed their Service Users on their portfolio within Durban and Coastal Mental Health and Service Users were allowed time to ask questions. The Staff brought in “goodies” for their adopted Service Users”. The Executive Director as well as all management team were also allocated Service Users to “adopt for 67 minutes”.
After the session, the Service Users as well as some staff rendered activities ranging from poems, singing and dance . The Executive Director also addressed all the Service Users and Staff. The tree was then planted which will serve as a constant reminder of Mandela ‘s idea of growth and change and spirit of Ubuntu amongst ourselves.
A word of appreciation and gratitude is extended to our sponsors for the day which were Gift of the Givers, Big Eye Branding for the gift packs to the “ adopted service users” and toys; Food For Life for a meal and S-Kape Productions for taking photo’s. “Plant flowers in others garden and your life becomes a bouquet “ Author Unknown.
Challenge Protective Training Workshops
“Giving Back” is what the 67 minutes of Community Service and Mandela Day is all about.
All the Challenge Protective Training Workshops engaged in an “Operation Clean Up” as their Contribution to the Community and environment. Many of them were also treated to cake, goodie bags and other gifts by the corporate sector. Our Challenge Protective Training Workshop Durban North had an enjoyable morning of fun and goodies from the Community Chest.
This display of generosity was in keeping with the spirit of Mandela Day which is to take a few minutes to show kindness and care as it makes a great impact on the lives of vulnerable people.
Phoenix Happy Hours Day Care Centre Celebrates Women’s Day
Children with Profound Intellectual Disability are special gifts from God and the mothers of these children and it was only fitting that these mothers were acknowledged and celebrated. On 22 August 2015 25 mothers from our Phoenix Happy Hours Day-care Centre were treated to a Women’s Day Pamper Session.
Youth leader, Linda Pillay from Members in Christ Community Church came with her team and blessed the ladies with fun activities, massages, manicures and tokens of appreciation. The women were empowered with a motivational speech from social worker, Sharleen Pillay, that focussed on women getting the ‘power back’’.
The parents association sponsored meals, a cake and gifts for the ladies of the Centre. The Women were grateful for the programme initiative as they had an opportunity to celebrate their womanhood. The following poem was delivered to all the ladies in attendance:
To all the special mums:
- Who traded sleep for dark circles
- Salon haircuts for a pony tail
- Long baths for a quick shower
- Late nights for early mornings
- Designer bags for diaper bags
- Fashionable outfits for sweatpants and t shirts
- Girls night out for quality time with the kids
- To all the women who wouldn’t change a thing
- Who don’t care what they gave up
- But instead love what they got in return
- Cheers to you all.
- Being a woman is one of the best things
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/
Social Work North
Operation Winter Warmth
Our Social Worker for the Phoenix area, Mrs Sharleen Pillay in collaboration with other Stakeholders embarked on a Winter Drive in the informal settlement of Riet River. Members of this community were treated to hot soup, grocery hampers, clothing and blankets. The community also benefitted from a talk by Social Worker Sharleen Pillay on Mental Well-Being.
Awareness and Marketing at Kalipha Special School
Our social worker for the KwaMashu area, Mrs Jabu Mkhize in collaboration with other stakeholders participated in an awareness programme for 800 learners and community members from L-Section in KwaMashu. Mrs Mkhize educated the participants on the services offered by Durban and Coastal Mental Health.
Child Protection Programme for Learners with Profound Intellectual Disability
National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the Rights of children as articulated in the Children’s Act of 2005. The aim of child protection is to ensure the safety, well-being, care and protection of children through an integrated multi-disciplinary approach. Our Social Worker for the Ndwedwe area, Ms Nomvuzo Khumalo held a Child Protection Programme for the learners of our Ninikhona Day Care Centre. The theme was “Working together to Protect our Children”. The children were educated on protective behaviours, staff members were also trained on signs of abuse.
CHALLENGE PROTECTIVE TRAINING WORKSHOP- SHERWOOD
YOUTH DAY 2015
Youth Day (June 16th) celebrates the young people of South Africa and their contribution to society. It also highlights the challenges faced by youth.
A fun educational programme was held at the Challenge Protective Training Workshop Sherwood which provided a platform for youth who are living with disability to discuss the unique challenges facing them whilst celebrating their energy, talents and creativity through Gumboot Dancing, Choral Singing, Afrikaans and English Poetry and Solo Songs.
Social Work North
Social Work North Staff raise awareness on Child Abuse
The Staff of the Social Work Programme: North, took to the streets in collaboration with other Stakeholders in Phoenix and participated in a motorcade to raise awareness on Child Abuse.
Community Members were made aware of the services offered by Durban and Coastal Mental Health in respect to child protection and trauma debriefing.
Mental Health Care Users enjoy a game of Volleyball
Durban and Coastal Mental Health prides itself in ensuring all the rights of persons with mental disabilities are upheld. One such right is the right to equal participation. On Monday, 30/03/2015, the residents of Phoenix Residential Centre and attendees of Phoenix Challenge participated in a volley match against each other on the Premises. Social Worker Narisha Manelah said that there were two teams of girls and boys who participated in the tournament while being cheered on by the remainder of the attendees. The winning teams were awarded medals. Sport plays an important role in the overall development of persons with mental disabilities. The event was welcomed and enjoyed by all. A huge bonus was the volleyball kits which was sponsored by the Department of Sports and Recreation through Operation Sakuma Sakhe of Ward 49.
Challenge Protective Training Workshop
The East Coast Radio Big Walk and Comrades Marathon are 2 key events on the Durban calendar. In fact athletes from around the globe congregate in KZN in May each year to participate in this popular race.
The Challenge Protective Training Workshops are very proud to be involved in packaging the Goodies Bags for both the events. Our Mental Health Care Users are responsible for packaging 30 000 goodie bags for the ECR big Walk and 14000 goodie bags for the Comrades Marathon involving 600 000 components.
Manor Halfway House – Day of Caring
Ubuntu Community Chest selected Manor Halfway House as one of the projects for Day of Caring 2015.
A group of Volunteers from Mass Discounters spent the day painting the passage and dining room walls.
The walls were very much in need of a fresh coat of paint and this initiative has significantly added to the aesthetic value of our Centre. The Residents are very happy with the newly painted walls.
A big Thank You to the Volunteers and to Dulux for sponsoring the paint!
Thank You to Ubuntu Community Chest for this wonderful project!
Human Rights Day
Was celebrated with a showcasing of the creative talents of our Mental Health Care Users.
From beautifully decorated collages spelling out the rights of persons with disability to group’s renditions of songs such as “We are the World,” “Heal the World” and “Imagine.”
The musical items helped to create a sense of unity and camaraderie amongst everyone and encouraged the usually withdrawn Mental Health Care Users to really let their hair down and belt out the songs with great enthusiasm.
We look forward to more programmes in the future which will allow Mental Health Care Users to display their talents.
Umlazi Halfway House gets a Facelift
DCMH was able to undertake major structural repairs to the buildings at Umlazi Halfway House to enhance the safety of our Residents. Donor funding from Iqraa Trust made this possible, and allowed us to paint and add to the aesthetic value of the Centre.
A plaque has been erected on the wall in honour of the significant contribution from Iqraa Trust. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of persons with Mental Disability!
Pictured from left is: Ms Paruk and Ms Harie from DCMH and Mr Baker from Iqraa Trust.
Mr Baker from Iqraa Trust & Residents from the Centre.
RESIDENT CONTINUES TO ACHIEVE IN SWIMMING
Sipho Mjoka participated in the KZN Aquatic Provincial Championship and won 10 medals; 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 bronze. Well done Sipho! – Watch this space to hear how he does in Senior Nationals coming up next month.
Sipho has also completed Level 1 of the Lifeguard Training with the KZN Lifeguard Academy. Being a Lifeguard is a childhood dream of Sipho’s and DCMH is proud to help him realise his dreams.
Sherwood Residential Centre
Sipho Mjoka, our sports hero participated in the KZN Special Olympics and won 4 gold medals. As a Resident at the Centre, Sipho continues to excel in swimming with the continued support he receives from DCMH. Well done Sipho!.
The Strategic Launch Function
7th March 2014
The new Strategic Focus Areas for 2014 – 2019 are:
- Staff Well-being
- Training and Development
- Service Delivery
- Financial Sustainability
- Marketing & Branding
The name for the new Strategic Plan is
“Isahamba Lenqola (The Train is Still Moving)”.
Feedback from the Executive Director, Gita Harie “I was overwhelmed by the creativity, talent and emotions displayed by the staff members that were involved in the poetry, song, dance and power point presentations. The only way that I can describe the Strategic Launch Function is “BEYOND BELIEVEABLE. It was a WOW”.
Feedback from Denean Lee of Isilumko: “The event really appealed to the employees as it encouraged all to part take in the event and work together to achieve the goals. The positive outlook and togetherness was incredible, I found that everyone took part in the event and the camaraderie between the employees was beyond encouraging. It was great to take part in your Strategic Review / New Strategy Launch Function and look forward to working with you in the future”.
Feedback from our Service User: Ms Yolanda Botha “I am happy that people are getting more involved in advocacy and using their hands to make craft items and doing gardening . I was excited to attend the function on the 7 March 2014 and see the social workers and other staff acting in the plays and reciting poems! I also enjoyed the dancing and didn’t know that the staff were so talented. I would like to commend Durban & Coastal Mental Health for what the organisation has done for me!”
Feedback from Staff: “The Strategic Review Function was an awesome event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all staff members. All the skits that were undertaken in respect to the different focus areas were truly magnificent and exciting. Thank you to the Executive Director for giving us this opportunity and for being a dynamic leader”.
The process we embarked on was:
An Organizational Scan Survey was undertaken wherein a Questionnaire was given to all staff members to poll their views for the future of DCMH.
The Members of the Governing Board met to map out the strategy of the next 5 years at their Strategic Planning Workshop.
- The Service Users met to map out the road ahead and compiled a strategy for the next five years and had proposed a change to the name of the programme from Service User Empowerment Committee to “Durban and Coastal Mental Health Advocacy Movement”. The acronym is DACMHAM with the “M” being silent.
- The Review of the present 5 Strategic Focus Areas was undertaken in the form of poetry, song, dance and power point presentations by staff and management.
The Challenge Training Academy held its 2nd Graduation Programme on 5th December 2013 and 30 adults with Mental Disability who had completed their Skills Development Programmes in Blockmaking and Cleaning and Hygiene, were the proud recipients of a Certificate and Medal from the Academy. During this graduation, the first two female trainees to undergo the Blockmaking Training Programme were also acknowledged and applauded. The Executive Director Ms Gita Harie thanked all the trainees for their commitment to the Training Programmes and to implementing the Skills they had acquired in the various projects of the organisation.
Residential Care Programme
Jona Vaughan Home Summer Stimulation
Residents have enjoyed spending the hot summer days in the swimming pool. Swimming is lots of fun and an excellent form of exercise. The younger Residents were assisted to walk in the shallow end of the pool, which helps to improve muscle strength. Some of the Residents with increased mobility were able to float around the pool using foam boards and pool noodles. The Centre has a hoist to transfer our Residents from their wheelchairs to the specialised wheelchair, which can be lowered into the water. This allows Residents with limited mobility to enjoy the opportunity of having fun in the pool. Hearing the sweet sounds of the Residents giggles and laughter from the pool is heart-warming for the Staff.
Skills Development and Stimulation
Social Worker Miss Nonhlanhla Ncwane held a skills training with service users at the Challenge Protective Training Workshop – Newlands. Service users received training on sewing quilts. Involvement in this project has contributed to the development of persons with mental disability and promotion of self- esteem by providing them with training on crafts. Through craft making projects persons with mental disability improve their thinking processes and fine motor skills.
FOOD GARDENS AS PART OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR HIGHER FUNCTIONING CHILDREN
Gardening was introduced in the Day Care Programme around year 2007 with the aim of providing skills training to higher functioning children with Intellectual Disabilities at six of our nine Day Care facilities. The aim being to equip these children with gardening skills so as to overcome poverty.
With a new facility at Kwa-Ximba which was officially opened in May this year, there has been even a greater need to upscale and improve our Gardening Project through capacity building in both children as well as staff and improving the project.
Soon after the opening of the new facility we started working closely with Mr. Mkhize whom we were referred to by your Durban Office. Mr. Mkhize has been a valuable resource in imparting vital knowledge and skills into this Project.
As part of this initiative a Security Tunnel was requested from the Department of Agriculture and was donated to the Centre. Service user, Nkosinathi Mkhize is seen here picking up spinach, under the supervision of the Centre Manager Thobeka Mthi.
Jona Vaughan Home Welcomes Spring
Residents at Jona Vaughan Home decorated posters in bright colours and special messages to welcome Spring. They are looking forward to warmer weather and their gardening project blossoming once again!
SOARING TO SUCCESS
Sipho Mjoka, a Resident at Sherwood Hostel was selected to represent South Africa at the 8th INAS World Swimming Championships in Noumea from 18th to 24th August 2013. Sipho returned with 4 silver medals and is now ranked TOP 3 in the World Rankings. DCMH will continue to support Sipho in soaring to greater heights!
Day Care Programme
The Phoenix Rotary Club sponsored children at the Day Care Centre with treats to commemorate 67 minutes towards Mandela Day.
Residential Care Programme
The Residential Care Programme was fortunate to have community members arrive at the Centres with treats and gifts for our Residents.
The Volunteers spent more than 67 minutes interacting and socialising with Residents, which has such a profound impact on our Residents
feeling special and cared for. Thank You to all our Mandela Day Volunteers, you make Madiba proud!
DCMH Residents also did their bit for Mandela Day:
- Residents at Umlazi Halfway House said a prayer by candle light for Madiba
- A tree was planted in commemoration of Madiba at Austerville Halfway House
- A group of Residents from Sherwood Hostel spent time volunteering at the local Hospice
Residential Care Programme
Sherwood Hostel Residents are learning how to play Bocce with the help of a generous Volunteer, who engages 11 Residents in weekly practice sessions. The group is hoping to participate in the 2013 Ethekwini Adult Athletes Bocce Games to be held in July 2013. DCMH wishes our Bocce athletes Good Luck!.
CHALLENGE PROTECTIVE TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Spinach, coriander, beetroot, chilli, lettuce, parsley, sunflowers and carrots are the order of the day as beneficiaries at the CPTW in Merebank engage in the therapeutic activity of gardening.
From a small patch of Spinach to 20 square metres of lush greenery the garden has grown in leaps and bounds through the dedicated nurturing of this group of Persons with Intellectual disability and Psychiatric illness.
The fresh produce is sold to the 130 beneficiaries at very reasonable prices to supplement their meals and contribute to their nutrition. Proceeds from the sales are used to develop the project further so that more people can acquire gardening skills. Beneficiaries enjoy working in their garden as a break from their packaging work within the workshop. Nedbank has sponsored a Jojo tank and shade cloth which has been a great asset to the project and has also enabled beneficiaries to learn about recycling as a means of protecting the environment.
DAY CARE PROGRAMME
OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW KWA-XIMBA HAPPY HOURS DAY CARE CENTRE
The Official Opening event of our new building at Kwa-Ximba was a huge success. We had 330 guests comprising of all our Funders, Government Departments, Parents, Community members, Corporates, Inkosi, Traditional Leaders and Councillors. The Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo was our Guest of Honour and undertook the official opening and the Chairman of the National Lotteries Board also graced our function. The dance performance by our children was exhilarating. DCMH is now on the map through this amazing project in respect to rural development and I believe that the opportunities forthcoming in respect to strategic growth of our organization are very promising. This project highlights DCMH’s conscious and strategic aspiration for excellence in Service Delivery in rural communities.
A Media article was published in the Edendale Eyethu on the 10th May 2013 and Themba Khumalo has advised that there was an article in the eThekwini Metro Ezasegagsini (City wide publication). In addition there was a media article in the Daily news on the 17th May 2013.
A few congratulatory messages were received for example “Congratulations what an amazing achievement!” received from Warren Farrer of Rainbow Chickens, “Thank you very much; it was really a pleasure meeting with all of you in that beautiful function.” Mahmoud Youssef Baker, Chairman, Iqraa Trust and “Thank you it was our privilege to partner with you on this project. The work being done by your organization is commendable and certainly one that we ARE Glad we got involved in.” Calvin Singh, Nedbank.
Challenge Protective Training Workshop
Pursuing Customer Service Excellence
Staff of the Challenge Protective Training Workshop Programme benefited greatly from a dynamic training programme on Customer Service by Bizztrain Training consultants on the 25th and 26th March.
The training focused on Understanding and Optimising our Customer Service Practices and helped staff gain an insight into the importance of excellent customer service as well as developing skills to enhance the level of service within the programme.