Role and Impact

STTOP is dedicated to strengthening the leadership and organisational capacities of member organisations by providing:

  • A cohesive voice and profile to influence policy and service delivery
  • A vibrant network for exchange of ideas, practice and experience
  • training and development for member organisations’ staff
  • knowledge exchange for sector-specific research
  • platform for sector innovations profiling effective, affordable and sustainable services

Rather than organisations working in isolation, value is co-created through a sector-based approach for solutions that address priority needs.

Impacts

Through advocacy work STTOP has orchestrated an important policy shift at the local Department of Social Development (DSD), towards recognising and funding community-based housing. Potentially 500 000 social pensioners in the Western Cape will be able to access to safe, affordable and dignified accommodation.

STTOP’s 12 member organisations benefit from the network through interactions with organisations beyond its’ immediate sector. For example: SA Human Rights Commission, and STTOP’s 14 member organisations benefit from the network through interactions with organisations beyond its’ immediate sector.

STTOP facilitated partnerships for AgeWell (founded by Dr. Mitch Besser) and other members, to participate in Peer-to-Peer pilots (support health/social well-being) in Sea Point and Khayelitsha.

On behalf of it’s members STTOP championed a policy revisal for social pensioners’ incontinence materials to the local Minister of Health and saw a new policy reinstated via prescription.

STTOP has launched a project called the Knowledge Exchange to showcase and share the knowledge inherent in the leadership. Sessions are designed around the members requests for information and are open to the public. A best practice model of the delivery of affordable assisted-living packages was shared in detail via a STTOP member and offers a real and replicable solution to member organisations with financial constraints.