Global Connections…
The Excitement and Challenges of
Partnerships: South Africa and Australia
Margie van Zyl
Director : St...
It all started on a dusty road in the rural district of
Rorke’s Drift, KwaZulu Natal….
SAGE, Australia and EMSENI, Rorkes’ Drift, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
LONDON IAHSA
sets the stage
Emseni’s first ironing ...
IAHSA LONDON 2009 was the springboard
for this global connection
South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal
 Durban
 Pietermaritzburg
 Wasbank
 Rorke’s Drift
 Kokstad
KwaZulu-Natal
Connections facilitated since IAHSA London 2009:
SOUTH AFRICA AUSTRALIA
Elonwabeni Eldercare Inc.
Emseni SAGE
Issy Geshen ...
St Joseph’s in Australia, and Issy Geshen Old Age Home
in Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Grande Pacific, Gold Coast, Australia and
Sunnyside Park in Pietermaritzburg, KZN
Sometimes, like friendships,
partnership...
Aged Care Channel, Australia, has partnered with
South African long term care facilities through SAAHA,
the South African ...
Global links need to be “relational”
This programme is about
• building authentic relationships
• developing friendships
•...
This takes TIME… and… PASSION
Connections that last, and are sustainable,
are connections of the HEART.
What are the benefits?
• Fun
• Friendship
• Sharing
• Learning about each other
• Exchange of staff and residents
Not just...
Ultimately the global link should be interactive -exchanges
between both staff and residents can be both formal and
inform...
Each country needs a Champion – someone to enthuse
other organisations, someone who is passionate and
appreciative of the ...
Some of the Challenges:
• Introducing the concept of international
friendships/partnerships to folk who have had no
experi...
A huge challenge for some rural homes is being without the
internet due to poor reception deep in the hills, so reliance
i...
Looking for an International Partner:
Emuseni Centre for the Aged, Plessislaer, Pietermaritzburg –
A sub economic home in ...
EMUSENI: Showers & flooring in need of repair
St Antonine’s Home for the Aged
Wasbank,KwaZulu Natal
Meet Sister Lucia, the Director and Charles Ngubane,
the Chairman, a...
St. Antonine’s greatest need… a new water pump
For the future… a connection between homes that have
started the journey of the Eden Alternative in South Africa
and Eden ...
So… watch this space as IAHSA continues
to reach out, facilitate partnerships and
create global connections
of reciprocal ...
Margie van Zyl
Director: Strategic Partnerships
GERATEC, South Africa
Contact:
mvanzyl@geratecza.com
+27 84 556 2076
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  • and since then a further gift gave them new curtains.
  • Before one links homes need to know what you are hoping to achieve and identify residents and staff who can run with the programme. Must know life stories of residents to be able to encourage their participation.Before one links homes need to know what you are hoping to achieve and identify residents and staff who can run with the programme. Must know life stories of residents to be able to encourage their participation.Before one links homes need to know what you are hoping to achieve and identify residents and staff who can run with the programme. Must know life stories of residents to be able to encourage their participation.Before one links homes need to know what you are hoping to achieve and identify residents and staff who can run with the programme. Must know life stories of residents to be able to encourage their participation.
  • Raelea , ex ThomsonAdsett, after IAHSA London 2009, was excited and connected with a group of older women in KZN who met regularly as crafters. This was through PADCA an NGO serving older people in the communityShe sent over parcels of craft material beads, patterns, lots of ideas for doing craft differently – their value from this was learning new skills, and also the blessing of the gifts of materials
  • Need local champion in organisation to involve all residents and staff/board in this new relationshipSustain contact through Facebook, Skype, emails etc
  • Global Connections in Long-term care - IAHSA 2012

    1. 1. Global Connections… The Excitement and Challenges of Partnerships: South Africa and Australia Margie van Zyl Director : Strategic Partnerships GERATEC
    2. 2. It all started on a dusty road in the rural district of Rorke’s Drift, KwaZulu Natal….
    3. 3. SAGE, Australia and EMSENI, Rorkes’ Drift, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa LONDON IAHSA sets the stage Emseni’s first ironing press – a gift from the delegates at IAHSA London The excitement…the first global connection is made and formalised
    4. 4. IAHSA LONDON 2009 was the springboard for this global connection
    5. 5. South Africa KwaZulu-Natal
    6. 6.  Durban  Pietermaritzburg  Wasbank  Rorke’s Drift  Kokstad KwaZulu-Natal
    7. 7. Connections facilitated since IAHSA London 2009: SOUTH AFRICA AUSTRALIA Elonwabeni Eldercare Inc. Emseni SAGE Issy Geshen St Joseph’s Sunnyside Park Grande Pacific SAAHA Aged Care Channel Crafters Raelea Emuseni ARCARE St Antonine’s Uniting Care NSW
    8. 8. St Joseph’s in Australia, and Issy Geshen Old Age Home in Durban, KwaZulu Natal
    9. 9. Grande Pacific, Gold Coast, Australia and Sunnyside Park in Pietermaritzburg, KZN Sometimes, like friendships, partnerships struggle, and don’t succeed. Possible reason: Partnership entered with different expectations. What began… • staff emailing and residents writing to each other
    10. 10. Aged Care Channel, Australia, has partnered with South African long term care facilities through SAAHA, the South African Association of Homes for the Aged. Regular donations of Learning Resources – training DVD’s and notes – have been shared, and used in training, particularly in the rural homes.
    11. 11. Global links need to be “relational” This programme is about • building authentic relationships • developing friendships • exchanging stories, happenings, ideas • triumphs and challenges, as well as • sharing resources, both material, financial and expertise
    12. 12. This takes TIME… and… PASSION Connections that last, and are sustainable, are connections of the HEART.
    13. 13. What are the benefits? • Fun • Friendship • Sharing • Learning about each other • Exchange of staff and residents Not just about finance and handouts.
    14. 14. Ultimately the global link should be interactive -exchanges between both staff and residents can be both formal and informal. An informal connection… between crafters
    15. 15. Each country needs a Champion – someone to enthuse other organisations, someone who is passionate and appreciative of the value of such connections. Each organisation needs a Champion. Organisations need to be encouraged to tell their stories: story telling is powerful, so too are pictures! It’s all about Champions… and visionaries... Ordinary people doing extraordinary things
    16. 16. Some of the Challenges: • Introducing the concept of international friendships/partnerships to folk who have had no experience of such a “connection”. • Particularly in the rural homes in South Africa, people have worked for years in isolation. • New to networking, even local networking, the value of international networks has to be explained, understood and embraced.
    17. 17. A huge challenge for some rural homes is being without the internet due to poor reception deep in the hills, so reliance is made of faxing (when the fax line works!) EMSENI experiences this problem
    18. 18. Looking for an International Partner: Emuseni Centre for the Aged, Plessislaer, Pietermaritzburg – A sub economic home in the peri-urban area
    19. 19. EMUSENI: Showers & flooring in need of repair
    20. 20. St Antonine’s Home for the Aged Wasbank,KwaZulu Natal Meet Sister Lucia, the Director and Charles Ngubane, the Chairman, after their introductory slideshow…
    21. 21. St. Antonine’s greatest need… a new water pump
    22. 22. For the future… a connection between homes that have started the journey of the Eden Alternative in South Africa and Eden homes in other parts of the world. Sharing a philosophy of care makes for a good foundation of shared values in order to establish working partnerships. Eden in OZ and NZ and Eden UK have expressed interest.
    23. 23. So… watch this space as IAHSA continues to reach out, facilitate partnerships and create global connections of reciprocal value! Come along… Join hands too!
    24. 24. Margie van Zyl Director: Strategic Partnerships GERATEC, South Africa Contact: mvanzyl@geratecza.com +27 84 556 2076

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