Workshop Facilities and Employment Programme

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME

The aim of the employment programme is to develop the full potential of mental health care users (MHCUs) by enabling them to acquire work related skills, work opportunities, inclusion and participation in sports and recreation.

The Society has three protective workshop facilities where Mental Health Care Users (MHCU’s) are trained in work related skills, personal independence and socialization skills, thus empowering people with a mental disability to achieve their optimum level of functioning. The three protective workshops in Pietermaritzburg are Buxton Workshop in the city centre, Inkanyezi Workshop in Imbali and MH Moosa Workshop in Northdale.

The eventual goal of the programme is to place and support suitable persons with a mental disability in the open labour market, for short or long term employment within any business.

HOW TO APPLY

Make an appointment with a social worker at the Society’s Social Work Centre situated at Jabu Ndlovu Street, entrance in Temple Street. Applicants are screened by a social worker at the Social Work Centre and potentially suitable applicants are given application forms for completion. The completed forms are then presented to an admissions committee for approval before candidates are admitted. Fees are payable upon application and annually for those attending the workshop.

WHO QUALIFIES

Admission is open to the following individuals who fulfil the following criteria:-
•  18 years or older
•  In receipt of a disability grant
•  Have a recognised disability (mental?)
•  Be able to perform at least one basic task at the protective workshop and have the potential to be trained for one or more tasks

SERVICES PROVIDED AT THE PROTECTIVE WORKSHOP

•  Professional services from social workers provide group work and individual counselling and assist with family problems
•  Empowerment through Advocacy Forum training
•  Basic life skills, work and social skills
•  Possible employment opportunities in open labour
•  Participation in sport,recreation and fundraising programmes.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

How Businesses Can Benefit:

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY ACT.
This states that 2% of the workforce must be persons with a disability. Placement of persons with disabilities in the open labour market can benefit the business as well as the community. Thus, businesses can be compliant with the Act by working in conjuction with the Society’s employment programme.

JOB SUPPORT AND COACHING AT NO COST TO COMPANY
Mental Health Care Users (MHCU's) placed in the open labour market, via the programme, are monitored and assisted by trained personnel who help them adjust to the work environment, thereby saving any effort from the business itself. This support to both the Employer and employee is ongoing.

PACKAGING AND ASSEMBLY WORK
Packaging and assembly work is done on a contract basis and done at the protective workshops.

WIN-WIN RELATIONSHIP
Businesses have the opportunity to support a good cause by empowering the disabled sector of the Society.

Buxton Protective Workshop

established in 1985

 

The Workshop is situated in the centre of Pietermaritzburg and close to our residential homes. Residents of The Palms and Joan Tennant House, as well as Mental Health Care Users from the local communities, attend the workshop on a daily basis. A well organised program is run with the Mental Health Care Users. The Workshop Manager is assisted by workshop instructors. The Workshop provides a protective working environment for intellectually disabled adults. The Society offers competitive rates for contract work such as simple assembly work, packaging and labelling, etc. A caring and dedicated staff teaches basic life and work skills.

The Mental Health Care Users undertake contract work for; Matelec, Papini, Community Chest, Asmalls, gardening services at Peter Pan School and the Workshop also has its own car wash team.

For admission to this workshop contact the Social Work Centre on 033 392 7240.

M.H. Moosa Protective Workshop

established in 1988

The Workshop is situated in Northdale and provides a protective working environment for intellectually disabled adults.

For admission to this workshop contact the Social Work Centre on 033 392 7240.

MH Moosa Workshop is renowned for great furniture restoration at the upholstery section.

We offer competitive rates for contract work undertaken at the Workshop. Caring and dedicated staff is involved in basic life and work skills. Mental Health Care Users are productively involved in contract work for; Ramsay Engineering, Matelec, Nampak; Preformed Line Products, GUD Holdings; Wildlands Trust and Asmalls Clothing.

Below are some photos of various activities and contract work that mental health care users are involved in.

Inkanyezi Workshop

established in 1972

Inkanyezi Workshop, situated in Imbali provides a protective working environment for intellectually disabled adults. The workshop provides contract opportunities at the workshop for mental health care users living in the local community. The Workshop offers competitive rates for contract work. A caring and dedicated teach basic life and work skills to the Mental Health Care Users. The staff also supervises the contract work undertaken for local firms and factories.

For admission to this workshop contact the Social Work Centre on 033 392 7240.

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