TWU equips more than 600 persons with intellectual disability with vital skills for socio-economic inclusion, resilience and independence.
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
Individual donations or gifts - 2%
Foundations or NGO grants - 4.2%
Bequests - 0%
Corporate contributions - 10.8%
Grants or contracts (State subsidies, SETA Skills grants) - 69%
Earned income (sales, professional fees, contract work, rental income) - 14%
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
Our strategy encompasses national training and the sale of training materials to transform and shift the mindset of protective workshops that are members of the SA Federation for Mental Health, to do a large-scale employer survey, and to develop accredited and structured post-school qualification for youth with intellectual disability.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
TWU trainees can participate actively in a Women’s Advocacy Group, Training Committee, Trainee Council, Advocacy Pressure Group, Peer Supporter programme and as Mental Health Advocacy Officers. A service user with intellectual disability serves on the board of Cape Mental Health and attends national meetings of the SA Mental Health Advocacy Movement (SAMHAM).
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
TWU received national awards from the Department of Social Development (2015 Ministerial Youth Excellence Gold Award) and the SA Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH), and in 2017 an Innovative Practices Award from Zero Project for employment and vocational education &training programmes for people with disabilities.
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
We have partnerships with the Departments of Social Development, Health, and Education & Labour. Through our Innovation and Training Department, TWU will roll out its training and career pathway to protective workshops who are members of the South African Federation for Mental Health. The collaboration of AMSOL has allowed Cape Mental Health to roll out the Easy to Read programme to close to 1000 service users within the organisation.