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Annual Report 2010/2011

Community Care Worker Assembly 2011 (Download pdf)

CCWM Policy Framework v.6

Notes on meeting with civil society and Dept of Health representative on SANAC Yogan Pillay.doc – This meeting took place between representatives of civil society and DOH to raise our issues of concern on 25 Nov 09 (download document)

Key Civil Society issues.doc – This is a 12 page document that reflects civil society issues regarding the policy which was submitted to NDSD and NDOH and a gives an overview of the policy (download document)

Summary of Key Civil Society issues Nov 09.doc - This is a 2 page document that summarises the concerns as identified by civil society (amongst them care-based organisations like your own). (download document)

CCWPF Draft 6.pdf - The actual policy draft 6. (download document)

CFC Workshop Dates 2010
(download CFC Workshop dates 2010.pdf)

For more information or to book contact Thandiwe at our office.

223 Lower Main Road

Tel. +27 21 448 7228
Fax: +27 21 448 7240

Henley Project Team

Care for Caregivers programme overview
Phase One
Phase Two

Phase Three
Phase Four
Capacity building for coordinators
Care for Caregivers Manual
2009 Training Workshop Schedule

Care for Caregivers programme (CFC)

We provide support and care to those who care for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS to renew their spirit and to enable them to carry out their work more effectively. Whether home-based, clinical or pastoral, caregivers are central to  all strategies aimed at combating HIV and AIDS. Yet little attention is paid to supporting and sustaining those at the coalface of the pandemic.

There is a great demand for the Care for Caregivers (CFC) workshops. These CFC workshops promote self-care techniques and education for caregivers in HIV and AIDS related organisations. The workshops were initially provided to only five Community Organisations. At present we service over 520 caregivers from a pool of 100 Community Based, not –for- profit organisations and state health facilities per year.

Since 2007, we have been working with similar organisations in the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.

The CFC Programme offers residential “time-out” opportunities for groups of women and men who care for those living with HIV and AIDS. Caregivers are provided with self-care techniques, a space to reflect on and share their experiences and to find healthy, sustainable ways of coping with the trauma and stress imposed by the pandemic.

Through four phases, caregivers acquire self-care techniques in tranquil environments chosen to reinforce the experience of relaxation:

Phase One:
Caregivers are provided with a space for self-reflection and to explore stress management and coping mechanisms.

Phase Two:
Caregivers explore a deeper understanding of self, enhance communication skills and are trained in conflict management. Emotions are explored using the “Capacitar” approach that allows the participants to enjoy an experience that connects body, mind and spirit.

Phase Three:
Highlights the individual and communal benefit of mourning. Using various methods, including physical relaxation and breathing techniques, caregivers explore cultural mourning practices and grieving rituals.

Phase Four:
The last phase is themed “celebrating interconnectedness” and participants are encouraged to form peer support groups to set up lasting connections of support in their workplace and communities.

Capacity Building For Co-Ordinators

The Co-ordinator’s Capacity Building Course offers organisations who are responsible for co-ordinating the work of caregivers – including civil society organisations and government clinics – techniques to create a more enabling environment for caregivers and to facilitate self-care on an ongoing basis.

Participants attend a 5-day foundation module followed by 10 workshops over the course of a year. The sessions are developed in response to organisational needs.

The core content of the course is informed by Transactional Analysis and Capacitar methodologies. It also incorporates a wide range of interactive and holistic approaches such as narrative therapy, yoga, reflexology, relaxation techniques and art therapy.

The Care for Caregivers Manual

We have developed and published a Care for Caregivers Manual. This manual provides additional support to organisations who would like to integrate a care-for-the-carer perspective into their work. The objective is to mainstream a care-for-the-carer perspective to ensure that the concept of self-care becomes integral in the workplace.

Training Workshop Schedule
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