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Solidarity, your career partner. Social work can be a thankless profession where you are usually the first to be criticised and the last to receive recognition. You perform miracles in an environment that is politically driven and economically challenging, an environment in which not everyone wants to be helped.

Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Social Workers understands the challenges you face, and developed unique benefits and training opportunities specifically with you in mind to ease your daily challenges.

We offer social workers a place that they can call their career home.

Make your ideal future a reality together with Solidarity, your career partner.
professional security Don’t leave your professional security and the resultant career success to the control of those who do not have your interests and prosperity at heart. Create a space where you can intentionally take responsibility without interference, thus determining your career course yourself.
BENEFITS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Social Workers pays recognition to the fact that social workers are passionate about their profession. They want to make a difference in people’s lives. They are exposed to very little recognition and a great deal of emotional trauma, but the spirit of your calling cannot be extinguished.

As a guild member you are part of Solidarity, and as such, you qualify for all the benefits the trade union offers.
For a list of the benefits click here ►

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS SOCIAL WORKERS ENJOY WITHIN THE GUILD:
  • Solidarity acts as a watchdog for your profession.
  • You have access to Solidarity Financial Services, our partner for all financial enquiries and services, which include but are not limited to the following:
    • Income protection
    • Assistance in drafting a budget
    • Savings plans and investments
    • Medical aid options
    • Retirement planning
    • Insurance
  • Industry-specific news
  • Quality networking opportunities where industry-specific solutions are created
  • The opportunity to act as a mentor
IN the news
How to prevent burnout

By Nico Strydom Burnout can have a seriously negative effect on physical and mental health and can influence anyone. Burnout is characterised by a loss of enthusiasm, feelings of pessimism, a low view of personal performance and can seriously harm your life at work and at home. There are quite a few signs that can indicate burnout and these include pain such as headache, stomach pain and muscle pain, anger and irritability, a feeling of unconcern, negativity and exhaustion. Burnout can also lead to severe stress, insomnia, alcohol and drug abuse and susceptibility to certain illnesses. Should these factors be
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How to handle anxiety

By Nico Strydom Anxiety is a natural way of handling stress but if the feeling persists for a very long time, it could be indicative of an anxiety disorder. Feelings of anxiety are normal in stressful situations where, for instance, you have to address an audience or before a job interview. Normally the anxiety will come and go depending on the situation in which you find yourself. However, when it interferes with your daily life it could point to a bigger problem. If you feel anxious all the time, it can be debilitating and result in your having to withdraw
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Social workers: A shield for the defenceless

By Mia Slabbert They have one of the most challenging jobs imaginable. Yet, social workers do their daily work without any physical protection and without a personal agenda. In South Africa social workers are snowed under with cases and complaints that deal with domestic violence and the neglect of vulnerable individuals. A simple thank you is often the last thing they will hear during the course of a normal day’s work. According to Colleen Strauss, a social worker and chief executive of the Sinoville Crisis Centre in Pretoria, the main characteristic of a social worker is the belief in change
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Do you qualify for a SASSA grant

By Emsie Martin Sometimes it is really difficult to understand when you qualify for an old age grant. An older person’s grant is paid to people who are 60 years or older and it used to be called old-age pension. The following important points are given by the Department of Social Development of South Africa: How do you know when you qualify? You must be a South African citizen or permanent resident. You must live in South Africa. You may not receive any other social grant for yourself. You may not be cared for in a state institution. You may
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How to live purposefully and get the most out of your day

How do you manage to cope?” is a question I often hear.   One away-from-home hubby, two sons, one teenaged daughter(!), two dogs, cats, fish and budgies, a tortoise, an 8 to 5 job, two “bosses”, an exercise routine, a household, friends and family, hobbies, school assignments, household chores and the extramural activity I have recently ventured into.   On some days everything goes like clockwork. I wake up before the alarm clock goes off at 05:00. My morning run feels like a walk in the park. My coffee is strong and it tastes delicious. The children, dogs and hair
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State wants to change legislation on adoption

If adoption is not managed effectively, the current child protection crisis in South Africa will simply get worse. The Department of Social Development is proposing amendments to adoption legislation without following a transparent process to get public input.

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