On 9 October 2014, CAST, Careerlinx, and World Changers Academy partnered to organize a “Job Readiness Day” in KwaDabeka. Almost 70 community members attended to hear several local speakers, including Joe White of World Changers Academy. Topics focused on interview skills, writing CVs and cover letters, and general job search tips.
With an unemployment rate of 35.4 percent, the community of KwaDabeka was targeted in order to prepare community members for interviews and the job application process. Careerlinx is committed to community upliftment and focused on empowering the unemployed and under-employed.
However, Careerlinx could not have accomplished this event without the help of CAST’s Social Work students (Wandile Dladla, Phumlani C Memela, Nondumiso Ntshangase, & Thembelihle Makhanya) from UKZN who are doing their practical placement within CAST’s Counselling Programme. During the past year, CAST has made an intentional effort to better integrate services in order to provide holistic care. The recent Job Readiness Day was a great example of teamwork between CAST’s Counselling Programme and Careerlinx.
Similarly, CAST’s Social Work students have also been a great asset to the Counselling Programme by providing a conflict resolution support group to a special needs class at Addington Primary School. Since September, the Social Work students have meet twice a week with 14 students in Grade 3.
As one of the Social Work students stated, “The group was a necessity for the kids because of behavior problems. The kids would tease each other and fight.”
Even in the group setting, tackling behavior problems became a challenge. However, during the course of the group, the Grade 3 teachers began to notice a difference in their students thanks to the hard work and persistance of CAST’s Social Work students. Many of the behavior problems in the students stem from core family issues, which affect their learning as well. CAST’s Social Work students believe that therapeutic groups are the answer for many of these problems.
Thanks to our Social Work students, CAST is able to provide additional supportive services to the communities in which we work. These services are vital to achieving the mission of CAST’s Counselling Programme: “Providing centres of care and support in the heart of communities, that offer help and advice to people in need, moving them from helplessness to confidence.” If you would like to know more about the integration of CAST’s Programmes, please visit our website at: http://cast.org.za