Training, Development and Mentorship

The general objective of the training and development programme is to facilitate and present quality training by experienced trainers to selected participants from a cross-section of local rural communities.  Through the provision of excellent well-being training and accredited courses, the aim is to influence positive health changes which lead to improved quality of life in rural communities. 

Formal training courses are offered in the CHoiCe Trust headquarters as well as other facilities- this includes in-service training which takes place on-site and home-based training. Accredited training provided by CHoiCe Trust include Level 1 and Level 2 for Ancillary Health Care.  Also, through our partnership with St. John Ambulance and the courses and services designed by them, CHoiCe Trust is able to expand its training and services. 

Non-Accredited training provided by CHoiCe Trust include:

·   Health trainings (including HIV, TB, STIs, NCDs)

·   Food Garden training

·   Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) training

·   Stigma and Discrimination training

·   Journey of Life training

·   Voluntary Savings and Loans training

·   Let’s Talk training

·   Vhutshilo training

·  Organisational Development training (including fundraising, financial management, human resources and strategic planning).

Mentoring has also been added to the services supplied by CHoiCe Trust after local Community Based Organisations expressed the need for a deeper, continued support following training.  Government representatives and donors encouraged the shift towards a more intense learning experience by CHoiCe Trust.  This programme has garnered positive results, making it clear that intensive and deeper involvement with a CBO’s lead to more sustainable results.

Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

In order to address the vulnerabilities faced by children in South Africa (particularly as a result of the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on households), CHoiCe Trust provides direct services to children.  With interventions aiming to build and capacitate circles of support around the child, the organisation works to identify the most vulnerable households and ensure that they receive the services that they need.

Interventions include:

·  Treatment adherence support to children and guardians of children who are HIV-positive to ensure that they take their medication correctly.

· Support groups with children and guardians using the Vhutshilo, Let’s Talk and Families Matter  methodologies.

·  Food garden and voluntary savings and loan training and mentorship to strengthen the economic situation of households.

·  Direct psychosocial support to children including, but not limited to extra-curricular activities such as   Scouts.

·  Mentorship and support to community structures including Home Visitors and Community Care Workers to   ensure targeted interventions for children continue. 

Palliative Care

In partnership with the Department of Health and funded by FM Trusts, CHoiCe Trust’s Palliative Care nurse, Jamela Tiva, works in the Greater Tzaneen sub-district area to provide palliative care services to patients who suffer from chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The programme has a holistic approach and focuses specifically on pain management for the patient as well as psychosocial, spiritual and emotional support to the patient and their family members.  With a focus on cancer patients, CHoiCe Trust’s palliative nurse works directly with health facilities so that their care continues from the public health sector to their own households. Training family members for home-based care is part of our programmes initiative to ensure continuous comfort and support for the patient.  

Dialogue Facilitation

Making use of the Community Capacity Enhancement methodology, CHoiCe Trust facilitators conduct dialogues in communities and amongst targeted populations (including farm workers) to provide a platform for beneficiaries to engage on matters which affect them.  Through the steps of concern identification and concern exploration, communities are able to more deeply engage on matters which affect their health and development. 

After establishing an action plan, a member of the community is elected to represent and serve the community on a task team, CHoiCe Trust is then able to work with individuals in the community to enhance their own capacity and tap into the social capital which exists to ensure that actions are implemented in direct response to what the community has identified.  This methodology has been proven to result in behavioural change amongst communities as a result of its approach in building a voice for communities- it’s for communities by communities.

HIV and TB Testing

With a team of trained and professional Lay Counsellors, CHoiCe Trust provides HIV testing services in community and workplace settings.  Providing health education, condom demonstrations and distribution, HIV testing services, hypertension and TB screening, CHoiCe Trust’s team implement outreach services so that clients can access these services in their own spaces. This contributes towards communities taking responsibility and treating those with HIV and/or encouraging preventative measures.  

Through partnership with the Department of Health, CHoiCe Trust ensures that clients who test positive for HIV or TB are able to access the care and support that they need at health facilities.  These interventions contribute towards the 90-90-90 goal of South Africa to have 90% of the population knowing their HIV status; 90% of those who test positive placed on treatment; and 90% of those on treatment being virally suppressed. 

CHoiCe facilitates Adherence Clubs for over 500 patients in the Tzaneen area with technical support from HPCA and the CaSIPO programme.  The Clubs enable clients who are on chronic treatment to access their medication in a time-efficient manner and to reduce the burden on the client as well as on the health facilities.