The Ubuntu Addiction Community Trust (U-ACT) has the mandate to treat, train and empower individuals, families, organisations and communities that are faced with the challenges of substance abuse. The schools’ programme is a unit of the trust that works with school learners in previously disadvantaged communities within the greater Gauteng area.
Addiction and substance abuse is a complicated behaviour that requires a re-evaluation of lifestyle, choices, relationships and attitudes, By working with communities using the empowering model of recovery coaching, addiction is addressed at its grass-roots level to ensure a sustainable, far-reaching effect.
The team works in schools to create “Recovery Capital”, which are the mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical resources needed to create a better, happier and more fulfilling life. The RECOVERY CAPITAL UNIT which currently works with almost zero funding, goes into schools to education, inspire and empower learners. These pupils then carry the work forward in the form of peer coaching by becoming Ambassadors of Change!
Peer coaching has been introduced to learners from Grade 7, who find themselves in an often traumatic and bewildering change process as they transition from primary to secondary school. It is at this time that youngsters are particularly vulnerable to the uncertainty of peer pressure and puberty. Students in Grade 10 and 11 have also been introduced to peer coaching and are being offered the opportunity of being Ambassadors of Change in their schools and communities. In the programme all the participants are given a chance to express the problems and challenges that they are experiencing in their homes, school environments and communities, and find assistance, support and understanding.