CHALLENGE PROTECTIVE TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Durban and Coastal Mental Health promotes self-worth, dignity and self-reliance for people with mental disabilities, while facilitating their involvement in the socio-economic development of their communities.
Our Protective Training Workshops offer nearly 700 people with mental disabilities:
- work skills training through contract work involving folding, assembling, packing, heat sealing.
- job creation initiatives through block making projects, gardening projects and supported employment.
Adults with mental disabilities have the opportunity to interact with and develop friendships with others attending the Workshops. They also derive a sense of purpose and meaning as they learn new skills.
Challenge Protective Training Workshops are situated in:
- Durban North
Where possible, service users from the Challenge Protective Training Workshops are placed at participating factories or local businesses. While these service users work within the open labour market, they still receive support and coaching from Durban and Coastal Mental Health.
The ultimate aim of this initiative is for service users to secure permanent employment with all the relevant employee benefits such as pension, unemployment insurance, sick leave and annual leave.