Seniors targeted for learning

Old does not mean cold.

With the launch of the Unique Helping Hands Senior School at the Barbados Youth Business Trust, Building #6, Harbour Road in St. Michael yesterday this was made evident.

The school targets adults 50 years and older and its main objective is to facilitate the learning of seniors through interaction. Classes will be offered from Mondays to Fridays in areas such as Information Technology, Art and Craft, Motivational Discussions and Foreign Languages.

There will also be field trips and other activities to help them pass their time in an enlightened way.

Minister of Rural Development, Denis Kellman, who was present at the launch commended the management of the school for taking the step to cater “to a segment of Barbados’ population which demands our attention”.

He said that with many Barbadians retiring at a later age, now was the time for Barbados to up-scale preparations for the ageing population. Likewise encouraging others to also devise ways and means of assisting these people to remain active and make good use of their time by creating avenues to dispel loneliness.

Kellman, who is also responsible for Industry and Small Business as well, applauded the administration on the†establishment of the Senior School since it was a testament to the “diversity of the small business sector in Barbados”.

“It gives me great pleasure to be invited to the launch of any new business, whether it be in the area of manufacturing or the provision of a service. My pleasure comes from the realisation that these occasions convey the message that opportunities continue to exist in Barbados for business development and entrepreneurship.

“It reminds us that there are many opportunities available to those who are willing to search for existing niches and set themselves up. It also reinforces the fact that dreams can become realities if we are willing to take the risks. Unique Helping Hands Senior School found their niche by providing a service to and for the elderly.

“My presence here this evening is representative of the commitment of Government to the growth and development of the small business sector. We want those involved to succeed and move beyond being a small business. We are committed to creating the enabling environment that would allow you to do so. In this regard our agencies are collaborating with other agencies and support organisations to equip you with the tools that will assist you in making the right business decisions,” he said.

Unique Helping Hands Senior School is the offspring of the Unique Helping Hands Summer Camp which has been operating for 13 years and caters to children five through to 16 years old. (KC)

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