Income opportunities for occupants

The new and improved interior of Clyde Gollop Shelter.

Staff at Clyde Gollop Night Shelter at School Road, Hindsbury Road, St. Michael, have successfully enabled the 35 occupants to become equipped with skills which have provided income generating opportunities.

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett, made this disclosure earlier today while speaking at the re-opening of the re-furbished facility.

He said: “Some occupants have participated in task-oriented groups that have empowered them to focus on critical areas such as communication skills, personal hygiene, anger management, budgeting and money management. For example, through advocacy and networking, one private sector organisation has provided tools for the occupants to engage in a landscaping venture.”

The St. Michael Central MP noted that throughout the past 18 years, the staff of the Night Shelter have been able to assist some of the men to re-integrate into society by offering support and a home base from which they could make future plans. Blackett further noted that some of the occupants have been able to start their own families or re-connect with estranged family members.

It was explained that some previous occupants have been able to find alternative rented accommodation, while others have become home owners.

Blackett pointed out that shortly after its establishment in 1994, the staff of the Night Shelter have been reaching out to corporate Barbados, Faith Based Organisations, Non-governmental Organisations, and civil society which were interested in assisting occupants of the Night Shelter.

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