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SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  

Awareness and prevention: An awareness and prevention campaign was held in one of the High schools in the Helderberg basin where we informed 1020 learners about the dangers of substance use. We did this by first assessing what their knowledge of substance abuse was (baseline study) and then checking after the sessions what the change in their perceptions were. The topic we used was addressing the myths surrounding substance use and presenting the learners with facts.

Early intervention: 40 teenagers were presented with a brief intervention. This entails 6 individual counselling sessions, 6 group sessions and 3 family sessions.

We are finalizing Brief Intervention sessions with 120 learners in two schools this week.

Treatment: 45 individuals were presented with a twelve week treatment based on the Intergrative Motivational treatment model (IMTM). This includes individual counselling sessions, group sessions and family sessions

Motivational interviewing training: This was done in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch, training 75 social workers in the way they approach their clients.

University of Stellenbosch: MI training completed with 25 Social Workers in DSD employment, Tygerberg, Cape Town.

Ubuhlobo Women’s Society: Three days training in Substance Abuse has been completed and three days MI training is planned. We will start with this as soon as the funder gives the go-ahead.

Training was done with different Support Groups in the communities.

Aftercare: Clients were presented with sessions where their progress and reintegration in society were assessed.

Networking: Department Social Development, Abba network (Stellenbosch), Ubuhlobo Women’s Society, Masincedane, Cape Town Alcohol and Drug Action Committee, NACOSA, Welfare Organizations, Hospitals, Mental Health Organizations, Medical Doctors, NGO’s.

Projects in Progress:

  • DSD Western Cape: A five day training session is planned for them in the near future.
  • The 12 week IMTM program is continuing and we are well ahead of schedule.
  • Early intervention program was started and several clients are participating.

Funding: The Help-Me-Network CSP receives funding from DSD Western Cape, the Nussbaum Foundation, Unitrade and community members. Other funders presently considering funding us are WHEAT and the Mayco of City of Cape Town. This funding supplements our earnings that we get from training and treatment.

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