The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK) Community Interest Company registration no. 8211259

Registered address: Elsby & Co Solicitors, Thistledown Barn, 204 Holcott Lane, Northampton, NN6 0BG. 

The VdTMoCAF (UK) is a UK based not-for-profit community interest company which serves the community of occupational therapy practitioners, researchers, students and educators with an interest in the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability.  The VdTMoCAF (UK) has been established with the approval of the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation, South Africa which acts as the guardian of the model.  These two Foundations collaborate with and support each other.

What is a Community Interest Company?

“Community Interest Companies (CICs) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage."  Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2012). The VdTMoCAF (UK) CIC has directors who are responsible for the company financially and legally, and for the day-to-day running of the company to ensure that it meets its aims in serving the community. It is also necessary to have a designated Treasurer and Company Secretary.  The directors’ designated roles and responsibilities reflect the priority work that needs to be undertaken by the Foundation. 

Our purpose as a CIC is to: 

  • Lead the UK development of the model
  • Liaise with experts in global contexts and collaborate with the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation, South Africa for international development of the model
  • Develop a database of creative ability trained clinicians and researchers for networking purposes
  • Develop a database of literature, research activity and interest
  • Explore and document education in the model and application to practice
  • Monitor dissemination of information for accuracy and quality to maintain the integrity of the model
  • Monitor the development, use and quality of assessment tools
  • Provide information via the Foundation's website and members’ area/forum and monitor its use
  • Allocate awards 


The VdTMoCAF (UK) can be financed in any legal way.  However, CICs are less like traditional companies and more like charities. That is, while the company may undertake some trading activities, it also relies on donations.  Its concern is not primarily to make profit and does not seek profit for personal/private gain.  The concern of the CIC is to serve the community.  Therefore any income generated is used for the benefit of the community it serves, not for the benefit of its directors. A main source of funding is the membership subscriptions, so ‘thank you’ to everyone who supports the VdTMoCAF (UK) by becoming a member and renewing membership.  It is and will continue to be your support that makes the work of the VdTMoCAF (UK) possible.  We cannot stress enough that each membership subscription is extremely important – we hope that you will support us and renew your subscriptions annually. We also aim to undertake some fund-raising activities such as delivering study days, workshops or other beneficial CPD opportunities. Our financial year runs from 1st October to 30th September.  You can view our annual statement 2018-19 here.

Please contact our Treasurer Mary Dickson for further information at -


As a member of the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK), you are part of a close, friendly and supportive community of practice  

As a member you will:

  • Have access to experts knowledge in the VdTMoCA 
  • Have discounted rates for VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) Study days 
  • Have access to a literature database of published and unpublished resources
  • Have the opportunity to join the Forensic Special Interest Group
  • Have access to the VdTMoCAF (UK) community for networking and as a potential sample for research
  • Be on the Foundation’s e-mail and twitter list to be notified of news and up-coming events
  • Have full access to the members’ resources page 
  • Gain an update on essential information on the VdTMoCA for clinicians, educators and students
  • Have input into the development of the website
  • Have the opportunity to give suggestions for members benefits 

Please see our terms and conditions for use of this website and our Privacy and Data Protection Policy. 


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  • Feb 09, 2020 by Tori

    Opportunities for networking

    In terms of ideas for the new website, does anyone have any ideas around creating opportunities for networking - particularly around interacting with clinicians working within a similar field of practice. We have opportunities for those within forensic services through the Special Interest Group (SIG) - however, I am just mindful of clinicians working other areas, or perhaps those working in isolation. 

    How could we create opportunities to interact remotely? 

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

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  • Mar 25, 2020 by Tori


     Hi Lou, 
    Thank you for creating this discussion. Within the high/medium/low secure hospitals I work in, we have at present ceased all off ward activity and stopped all Section 17 Leave – which I imagine will cause frustration for those who have progressed to lengthy periods of either escorted/unescorted period of leave from the service. We have developed programmes that can be delivered at ward level, whilst still maintaining the principles of social distancing. I think the focus across all services at the moment is supporting the ward staff and maintaining some consistency for the service users.  We have circulated "easy read" documents for service users around information on COVID-19, detailing information on how to keep themselves safe and well, hygiene procedures and information to reduced anxiety. The staff have also distributed resources to promote ideas around self directed activities and visual materials around keeping occupied and engaged in meaningful activity whilst self isolating. In the MSU, the Therapy Staff have developed resources to be used on the wards to support service users in keeping busy and have completed a revised interest checklist document. 

     We have also circulated easy read letters to the patients to notify them of any treatment groups that have had to be postponed to help manage their expectations and reduce anxiety. 

     At the moment, everything seems to be changing frequently and there is a lot of uncertainty. However, it has been positive to see how supportive, creative, flexible and committed staff have been during this time. 

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