1st QUARTER 2015


On 12 January 2015 the Society rolled out a Work Skills Pilot training workshop to all instructors at the Society's workshops. The purpose of the program is to empower instructors with more confidence in their training abilities and to create a pool of trained Mental Health Care Users who will be ready for specific employment.

70 Mental Health Care Users will, by the end of October 2015, have completed 5 modules viz cleaning, gardening, laundry, catering and car wash. Each module will comprise of 8 lessons. Mental Health Care Users will receive a certificate of attendance for each module completed and then graduate on completion of all 5 modules.

At the end of the first quarter, the first round of modules had been completed and the Mental Health Care Users received their attendance certificates.

The program will also be used as a benchmark for the development of further programmes where necessary and adaption/improvement of the existing training programmes to develop Mental Health Care Users' skills.





Umgeni Water and Bonitas celebrated a 10 Year Wellness Day at the Umgeni Water's Head Office situated at Mkondeni, Pietermaritzburg recently.

Sihle Kraai, Manager Social Work, addressed the attendees on mental health issues such as depression and bipolar disorder,  which impacts on the employee's service delivery if not addressed in time.

Symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of the two disorders were discussed. The day was filled with lots of information and participation of various activities.


The Society set up an awareness table for the first time on 26 and 27 March 2015  at the Edendale Mall and had a number of shoppers making enquiries. The Social Workers are looking forward to the next campaign in order to continue to dispel myths of mental health conditions.



14 February is always a highlight at the Workshops where everyone gets an opportunity to dress in red. A Mr and Miss Valentine is chosen and a fashion show, where everyone shows off their red outfits, enhances the celebrations!

This year was no different and everyone enjoyed the red hearts which decorated the walls and made by the Mental Health Care Users themselves - and of course, chocolates made and donated by the staff!



The first fundraiser for the year was Tea For Two, held at the Aintree Lodge in Scottsville. Some 30 guests enjoyed home made treats and the guest speaker, Lois Swart shared some very interesting and informative facts about osteoporosis and the prevention thereof - 15 minutes in the sun everyday supplies the body with sufficient vitamin D for the day!

Items made by Mental Health Care Users were sold at the function.  

The afternoon was a great success and we are looking forward to the next fundraising event taking place on Friday, 24 July which will focus on Stress in the Workplace. Diarise this date now as we promise this to be a great morning!





The residents enjoyed being spoilt with nail painting.

Residents Siyabonga  and Jennifer attended a Trustfeed Community Project meeting. MHCUs were addressed on the mission, objectives and the activities of the Advocacy Movement.

The importance of self advocacy and the rights & responsibilities of people with disabilities were also discussed.

The residents of P Pillay Home were thoroughly spoilt, Mr and Mrs Davechuran took the residents to a special birthday party! The residents were bussed to Woodlanders Club for a sit down lunch, games and a singing competition. The day was closed off with lots of prizes. Thank you to two wonderful people and thank you to Mr Davechuran for sharing his birthday with our residents!


Valentine‚Äôs Day was celebrated by a visit from youth from Sunlit Gardens who had high tea with the residents. The afternoon was  enjoyed with lots of eating and laughter.



Mrs Malzahn, mother of Phillip, a resident at The Palms,  invited German exchange students along to the Home to enjoy a morning of painting with the residents.

Everyone had an opportunity to place their hand into waterpaint and leave a hand watermark on a huge piece of art paper. Various easter egg picture were coloured in and the morning was a great success! 

Thanks to Mrs Malzahn and the students!


Residents from Sunnyside Farm enjoyed a picnic at the  Howick Falls. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed the outing.


Residents at  Joan Tennant House recently visited Wylie Park where they enjoyed a picnic in the lovely sunshine.