Man of the people

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett and retired nurse and member of the St. Michael Central Constituency Council Paulette Drakes presenting school supplies to these little ones.

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Steve Blackett has been quite a busy man in his St. Michael Central constituency.

The hands-on representative has been out and about dealing with environmental issues in his constituency, providing assistance to house holders and prospective home owners, bringing cheer to constituents over the Christmas holiday and assisting many parents with providing their children with back-to-school supplies.

Residents of Godding’s Road, Station Hill, St. Michael got some relief recently with the clearance of a canal that had led to flooding in the area and affected the day-to-day activities in the community.

Blackett was on hand to direct workers on the extent of the problem and what was needed to alleviate it.

Housing is always an important feature of any community and Theral Barker of Dean’s Village, St. Michael had many reasons to smile after his representative visited him on the completion of the repairs to his home, which Blackett had spearheaded.

Wyatt Roach, of 3rd Avenue, Park Road, Bush Hall, who is confined to a wheelchair also had his prayers answered when in collaboration with the Urban Development Commission, Blackett ensured that he received spanking new accommodations. This was part of 25 housing projects which constituents of St. Michael Central have been able to benefit from as a result of Blackett’s direct intervention.

The minister told Barbados TODAY that every attempt has been made to focus on families with pressing needs and to deal with their concerns with as much consideration and alacrity as was possible. He said his social care involved having an interest in the wellbeing of the youngest child to the oldest person in any household.

This care has been manifested in the breakfast club that caters to children in the constituency and involves from educational tours, picnics, camps and assistance with school supplies.

Following the last Common Entrance Examination, 75 children from the constituency had the time of their lives with a “stress down” at Casa Grande Hotel, St. Philip.

Blackett added that mothers in the constituency were never left out and pointed to the annual Mother’s Day luncheon held at Tropical Winds Hotel in St. Philip, where they were given the royal treatment.

Christmas is always special in the St. Michael Central constituency, and this year was no different. Minister Blackett and wife, Eleanor, had a grand time at the Andrew Alleyne Community Centre where hundreds from the community were feted for the Yuletide season.††

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