U-ACT | Community Empowerment
How we can assist you!
How we can assist you!
The Ubuntu Addiction Trust (U-ACT) Not for Profit Section 18a Trust (IT 9717/07) has initiated a project named Ambassadors of Social Change. This two-year project is aimed at enhancing young community leaders, women in particular, in the fight against substance abuse and addictive behaviour disorders (addiction) with specific knowledge and skills to manage their own preventative, treatment and reintegration resources to society work at grassroots level.
TRAINING: The organisation aspires to train 1000 young Recovery Coaches from disadvantaged communities. These individually-selected trainees will receive recovery coach training in a three-module live course tailored to the South African environment but meeting the requirements of The European Recovery Coaching Certification Board (ERCCB). The ERCCB is an independent, non-governmental, community interest company registered in the United Kingdom that offers certification for Recovery Coaches and Recovery Coach Supervisors in the United Kingdom, EU and South Africa. The U-ACT Recovery Coach training is also aligned with The Foundation for Recovery Coaching (FRC) International and the International Recovery & Wellness Coach Certification Board (IRWCCB).
EMPOWERMENT: From the initial 1,000 trainees, there is a plan to select 100 certified Recovery Coaches who will be given further training to operate and manage #RecoveryCapital Resource Centres in vulnerable communities and assist their communities in finding solutions that will help them to:
CORPORATE WELLNESS ASSISTANCE: Following the initial training of #RecoveryCapital Resource Centre managers, the organisation plans to select a further 25 – 50 certified Recovery Coaches from the training who will be further trained and equipped to enhance existing Corporate Wellness Programs. These coaches will be trained to facilitate The Foundation Recovery Wellness Program, which is aimed at individuals in recovery who are wanting to develop tools, techniques and methodologies to support them in their sustained, long-term recovery.
This a a holistic 21-day program that focuses on assisting individuals and groups to:
U-ACT has trained more than 30 recovery coaches who are currently working in communities and organisations in many parts of South Africa, including Ennerdale, Eldorado Park, Eden Park, Soweto, Sebokeng, Polokwane, Cape Town and Queenstown. The aim of the organisation’s training initiative is to train coaches to assist individuals, families, organisations and communities in the areas of South Africa that are most adversely affected by addiction, substance abuse, addictive behaviour and mental health disorders. Through the training that the organisation offers, Recovery Coaches are able to have a positive impact on the lives of those who are seeking practical, empowering assistance. Recovery coaches are trained to understand the systemic relationship that exists between the addicts, their families and the community and work within the crisis, chaos and conflict of the situation.
U-ACT Recovery Coaches are also part of a professional network which ensures that the mental, emotional, spiritual, social and physical health and wellbeing of the client are always a top priority. This referral network ensures that each client’s individual needs can be addressed within the recovery coaching, psycho-social, medical and self-help areas of recovery, and that the receive the best support and assistance that is available to them.
U-ACT and The Ambassadors of Social Change plan to set up #RecoveryCapital Resource Centres that aim to provide a safe, supportive and normalizing environment for individuals labelled “mentally ill” in their communities and families, especially those who are isolated and marginalised, have rejected substance abuse treatment, and to whom even substance abuse treatment settings are not meeting their needs. These drop-in-centres will expand the knowledge of available community resources, allow individuals to learn from one another through peer support, and provide a place where health and wellness dialogue can occur. This will enable individuals with severe emotional difficulties to better manage social or communication problems and assume productive lifestyles in their families, communities and organisations.
Goals of #RecoveryCapital Resource Centre