SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION
Our organisation continuously explores new innovative and economically viable opportunities in aid of our core focus in caring for persons with visual impairments. We are extremely proud to have recently launched several new projects that offer vocational skills training, therapy and sheltered employment opportunities to 178 persons who are visually and additionally impaired and cannot be accommodated in the open labour market. These projects empower them to become independent, economically viable citizens who participate in activities that contribute towards the sustainability of our organisation.
The establishment of the Groundskeeping Team offers visually impaired persons the opportunity to undergo skills and vocational training in this field. Through in-house experience, skills training and support, we can also train more visually impaired persons in this project to prepare them for engagement in the open labour market.
The Groundskeeping Team, currently employing 7 partially sighted resident and 1 sighted supervisor, sees to the overall aesthetics and tidiness of the grounds and gardens of our 6 residential facilities and would appreciate your support in sustaining and expanding this project.
The establishment of the Maintenance Unit offers visually impaired persons the opportunity to undergo skills and vocational training in this field. It also provides work opportunities that improve their quality of life, gives them a sense of independence, improves their dignity and provides joy and fulfillment at work.
Through in-house experience, skills training and support, we can also train more visually impaired persons in this project to prepare them for engagement in the open labour market.
Our Maintenance Team currently employs 4 partially sighted residents and 3 sighted supervisors and assist with the upkeep and preservation of our 6 residential care facilities accommodation 362 residents.
Innovation for the Blind's Residential Care Facilities previously made use of out-sourced laundries but the potential to develop an in-house laundromat project that would not only generate income, but also be economical and offer employment opportunities to visually impaired persons, was identified.
We service ±16,000 in-house washing items and ±2,000 public items per month and the volume has doubled since its launch in January 2017.
Our laundry unit offers vocational skills training and employment opportunities to 11 visually impaired staff members and 2 sighted supervisors.
The Metal Workshop was established in 1936 and currently offers vocational skills training and job opportunities to 14 visually impaired residents and two sighted staff members.
The quality of the manufactured products competes with items sold in the public and private market and boasts excellence workmanship. To continue production of superior quality items and keep up with the demands of more than 35 loyal clients and new customers, it is not only necessary to add additional equipment and tools to the current production line, but also important to replace and upgrade some of the older equipment.
Some of the bigger machines are more than 57 years old and the speed and efficiency with which they operate makes it more and more difficult to compete with the turn-around time of its competitors.
Did you know that we have our own custom coffee blend: Blindiana Blend?
Partnering with Beans for Africa Coffee Roasters we established our very own coffee brand – packed, labelled and distributed by visually impaired and multi disabled employees, thereby creating gainful employment in a sheltered environment.
We’ve launched our own internal radio station in September 2018. The radio station is a wonderful platform for our residents to share music, stories, information sessions, important news and interesting facts. Our residents are responsible for various recordings and programmes. This project ensures a positive culture on our premises.
The need for the development of a therapeutic program arose due to a great need for more in-depth skills development projects for our residents.
We had vocational programs in the past, but due to the lack of funds and opportunities within a competitive market, these services had to be reinvented.
The Massage Wellness Centre is a pilot project and aims to create a training facility for 19 visually impaired residents where they can acquire the skill of massage and aroma therapy. Nine of these visually impaired trainees will assist in the daily running of the centre, admin, telephone, bookings, general neatness and upkeep of the facility.
We also offer the following programmes:
- Braille Training
- Computer Training
- Music - Jembe Drumming/Band Training
- Exercise Classes
- English Classes
- Chess Training
- Cellphone Assistance
- In-house Library
- Dog Walkers