Ministry of Social Development and Family Services returns to Beetham Gardens

Deputy Permanent Secretary Dennis Williams responds to the questions and concerns of residents during the Ministry’s Public Information and Education Session.

Following the distribution of disaster relief grants on Monday September 3rd, 2018, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services once again visited residents of Beetham Gardens and environs on Wednesday September 12th 2018 to host an instalment of its Public Information and Education Session (PIES). The visit was planned in response to a request by residents who were interested in accessing additional information on programmes and services available to help enhance and transform their lives.

The Public Information and Education Sensitization (PIES) session are conducted through the Communication and Education Unit, with support from the various arms of the Ministry. The session focuses on bringing relevant and pertinent information about the Ministry’s various programmes, grants and services, directly to citizens in their respective communities, with the aim of clarifying issues related to access, whilst treating with concerns and responses from the Ministry. The session included representatives of the Social Welfare Division, National Family Services Division, Disability Affairs Unit and the National Social Development Programme (NSDP), where the SEED Programme, as well as grants for housing repairs, sanitary plumbing and electrical wiring were highlighted.

The Public Information and Education Session was also supported by the Inter-Agency Task Force, Councillor for Beetham/Picton, Akil Audian and the Beetham Gardens Village Council. Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dennis Williams applauded the residents for requesting such a programme and pledged the Ministry’s commitment to empowering and transforming the lives of those in our society who need it most. The residents were also informed that the captured data and requests for services, would be compiled and an intervention strategy will be developed to work with them, on an on-going basis, to help improve their quality of life.

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