Sustainable Livelihoods

INFORMATION AND REFFERAL

Face –to –face assistance

• Profiling of all clients visiting the Centre
• Career related books, journals and user friendly place to peruse them
• Free Access to internet access to Job Seekers
• Compulsory Life skills services (group or individual counselling)
• Referral books for in-house training provided by centre
• News papers and Notice boards for Job-seekers to check from.
• Referral services to government services and follow-up done.

SOCIAL PROGRAMME

PURPOSE

Primary

To promote health and well-being, within communities through facilitating awareness sessions (meetings or  workshops) that relates to social issues aimed at empowering communities on matters such as education, early childhood development, housing, family violence prevention, substance abuse, help for persons with disabilities and income assistance.

Secondary

To provide material assistance and social relief to household and individuals who are poor and in distress, or those participating in the skills development programme Material assistance is in form of the following :-
Material Assistance – informed by case management
• Food Banks, in case of families which are hungry
• Financial assistance
• Prepared meals for Beneficiaries in training
• Other exception as part of material assistance can be made either based on the assessment of the situation of an individual being assisted or social worker assessment.

Social Work Services

These are cases that require professional intervention either as result of the awareness programme, individuals will come forward to present their cases and the centre refers them to social workers for intervention.

 

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

PURPOSE

Overall objective is to alleviate poverty and unemployment by supporting vocational training and job-creation projects for unemployed, especially those from historically-disadvantaged communities. The training must mainly be relevant to the demand to the economic sector and it must result in the following;-
• Individual being able to secure a job opportunity
• Individual or group being able to start a business enterprise.

The skills development training has the following three Bouquet
• Life skills - as a soft skills project
• Technical skill - what enables an individual to be technically knowledgeable in a sector
• Business skill - skill that enable an individual to understand the business component of the technical sector e.g. costing, and business management requirements. (this is especially useful for those wanting to become entrepreneurs).

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

PURPOSE

The General objective of the program is to nurture a new generation of business and social entrepreneurs who are change agents and change makers within their communities, emanating from training they received from the centre.
Entrepreneurship Programme aims to contribute to poverty reduction through entrepreneurship development programmes— with focus on incubating and mentoring income generating projects emanating from skills training programme or special income generation linked to  centre.

Individuals or groups to be supported by centre must be able to do the following:

• Demonstrate skills in business start-up
• Demonstrate skills in maintaining business longevity
• Demonstrate knowledge of business closings versus failure
• Ability to find next level of training or access other resources and services
• Demonstrate business management/ operation skills – task must be provided
• Use components of a business plan
• Determine impact on unemployment
• Changed attitude toward entrepreneurship as a means of making a living
• Changes in personal and career attitudes including
• Self-worth
• Ability to control one’s own life
• Self awareness
• Self management/ personality responsibility
• Transfer of learning
• Motivation
• Teamwork
• Interpersonal communications
• Problem solving
• Creativity