Month: September 2014

Living Hope can now count itself among the accredited training providers in the Western Cape. Living Hope has received the final stamp of approval from the Services SETA for accreditation of the Way To Work course. This 9-day course teaches the soft skills needed for employment such as work ethic, time management, integrity, communication and more and has been a long-standing programme within Living Hope.

Nathan Panti displays the Statement of Achievements certificate with Services SETA approved results

Nathan Panti displays the Statement of Achievements certificate with Services SETA approved results

Programme Coordinator, Nathan Panti, shared that becoming an accredited training provider gives Living Hope an edge over other training organisations offering this type of training. “This accreditation certifies that we have a high quality training that meets the guidelines of the Services SETA. Not all training providers in this field are accredited so this gives us an advantage in being attractive to job seekers looking for skills, companies wanting to upskill their staff, and helps us in applying for tenders from the city to provide training.”

The original material was created for training the unemployed in soft skills and has since found a market among employers looking to increase the skills of their staff. What this means for Living Hope is that Way To Work can now be offered in multiple versions both as a resource for the community and an income-generating project as businesses are willing to pay for high quality training, explained Panti. The corporate version piloted with two trainings for the agricultural testing company, Bemlab.

“The opportunities for this programme to expand are limitless,” Panti said. “We are excited to see more people being trained in skills that will benefit them not only at work, but in all areas of life.”

To find out when the next Way To Work course will be held or to arrange a training for your company please call Nathan Panti, Programme Coordinator, at 021 784 2838.

Peter Lovick writes,

At Living Hope’s Recovery Programme the morning discussion topic with our clients was on Heritage. The question was asked what is a heritage? Someone in the group responded with,” it is something you receive from the past you did not earn….like an “ in-heritance”. This sparked lots of lively interesting discussion.

It was noted that we have a great heritage in South Africa with many things to be very proud of and that in every culture there are the “giants” who left us an inheritance of good values and traditions. ( E.g. Achbishop Tutu and Madiba)
This then led to the comment does your heritage define who you are? It was agreed, in many instances yes, one can recognise a person who speaks English with a Greek accent and who loves Greek food as a Greek person. Following this line of the discussion found the group asking so what kind of heritage are we leaving the coming generations? Gangsterism, Women abuse, Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Prostitution, Child abuse and neglect…. the discussion became very sombre and reflective.

Then almost in a whisper someone said, “that’s why I am here, to change what I have received and to leave something better for the future.” Like a ripple in a pond the individuals lifted their heads and said me too, me too, me too….

I thank God that there is a place like Living Hope’s Recovery Programme where people can find deliverance from the past and become new creations in Christ Jesus (II Cor 5:17). Where the chains of addiction and old negative behaviour gives way to peace, joy, love forgiveness and hope.

We hope you enjoy a very happy healthy Heritage Day, have a great braai too. If you have a good Heritage stop for a moment and give thanks and if you don’t perhaps you too will join us at Living Hope’s Recovery Programme to make a new start on a better future.

God bless!