Keeping busy at Fountain House
A community based rehabilitation centre, Fountain House (SA) plays a vital role in the lives of people living with psychiatric disabilities. It creates opportunities for them to begin the journey of recovery, find meaning in life and actively contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of each other and their families.
The aim is to enable persons living with psychiatric disabilities to ultimately become reintegrated into society and the workplace. This is achieved through participation and training in four work units at the centre: administration, catering, a paper making workshop, and the employment/communications unit.
Persons attending Fountain House benefit from:
- a work-ordered day programme, where they receive "on-the-job" training in a variety of skills through their involvement in the activities of the work units at the centre;
- Exposure to employment and/or income generating opportunities, such as the Transitional Employment Programme (TEP), supported employment opportunities, independent work placements, learnerships and further education and training;
- Training in computer and internet skills, assistance with CV creation, development of interview skills, career guidance, education about employment rights and micro business training including business plan preparation;
- Greater insight into their psychiatric disabilities;
- Poverty alleviation initiatives including balanced, nutritional meals at a low cost and opportunities to buy clothing at a reduced rate;
- Social and recreational programmes to enhance social competencies and social networks. This is done through monthly social events, birthday parties, a varied afternoon programme and an annual holiday.
Your gift today could help someone change his or her life around – and become a contributing, happy member of society.