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Ministry of Social Services and Bahamasair provide “Day Away to Exuma” treat for youngsters residing at Social Services Children’s Homes

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Bahamasair along with the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development provided youngsters of the Ministry’s Homes for Children with a special “Day Away to Exuma” treat on Monday, December 26, 2022. The children were accompanied by Minister of Social Services and Urban Development the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Bahamasair staff, and the children’s caregivers. They toured the island and spent time at Sandals Emerald Bay’s Activity Center playing games such as ‘connect four,’ ‘toss-hoops-for-gifts,’ ‘fish-the-bottle’; there were bouncing castles, food; and Santa came to visit and provide gifts to all children in attendance.

Social Services opens two satellite centres in Grand Bahama for ease of access for senior and disabled citizens Social Services opens two satellite centres in Grand Bahama for ease of access for senior and disabled citizens GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas — The Department of Social Services has designated two satellite distribution centres on Grand Bahama for clients enrolled in the monthly food assistance program and will cater to seniors one week ahead of the start date for general dissemination. Department of Social Services Northern Bahamas District Chief Welfare Officer and Officer in Charge Dorothea Gomez explained at a press conference at the department’s office on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 that their clientele has increased since May of this year and the move is to alleviate the long l...

Social Services to honor senior women during the month of October

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas — The month of October has been globally designated as the ‘Month of the Older Person.’ The Department of Social Services in Grand Bahama has organized a number of activities designed to highlight and celebrate older persons in Grand Bahama, with special emphasis on older women. “To accentuate and honor the outstanding older women in our communities on the island of Grand Bahama, the Senior Citizens’ Division has planned a number of exciting events that are sure to make our older persons feel appreciated,” said Brahnae Bannister, Special Projects officer at the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The events and activities include a church service at Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King on Thursday, October 6th; a talk show on matters per...

Persons with Disabilities discuss range of topics at Town Hall Meeting

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Equal opportunities, disability and disaster preparedness, registration of persons with disabilities and an Access Ability Bahamas App were among the topics discussed at a Hybrid Town Hall Meeting hosted by the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at the Hearing Room of The Ministry Of Social Services & Urban Development. Participants in the two hour event included Townsley Roberts, Deputy Executive Secretary, NCPD; Lisa Bowleg, NEMA Training Coordinator; and Andrea Newbold, Shelter Management and Selection, Department of Social Services. Among those in attendance were the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development; Joel Lewis, Permanent Secretary, Desiree Clarke, Executive Secretary, NCP...

Minister of State LaRoda makes assessment of impacts of Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana

NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Hon. Myles K. LaRoda, along with a contingent  of Government Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Disaster Managers and Planners, Damage Assessment personnel, and personnel from the Ministry of Works, Bahamas Power and Light, the Department of Social Services and the Royal. Bahamas Defence Force, departed New Providence Wednesday morning for Mayaguana to conduct first-hand assessments of the impacts of Tropical Storm-Force winds associated with Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana. State-Minister LaRoda was joined by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources with responsibility for Local Government, the Hon. Clay Sweeting; Mr. Basil McIn...

Social Services holds One-Day Symposium on the Proposed Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Officials of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, hosted a one-day Symposium on the proposed Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, at SuperClubs, Breezes, September 15, 2022.  In attendance were representatives of the three branches of government — Executive, Legislative and Judicial, and also large number of clergy, civil society, and various community organizations. Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe was the moderator.  Presentations were given by former Magistrate Mrs. Cleopatra Christie of the Bahamas Crisis Centre; Bishop Delton Fernander, President of The Bahamas Christian Council, who spoke on the Biblical Perspective of Marriage; and Sena...

Wilchcombe applauds CTU Week for focus on Persons with Disabilities

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe, applauded organizers of the Caribbean Telecommunication Union ICT Week, 2022 for encouraging the participation of Persons with Disabilities through the hosting of two Workshops designed specifically for Persons with Disabilities. Hosted by the Government of The Bahamas, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Week concluded Friday (September 9) at Margaritaville Beach Resort, West Bay Street. The Workshops featured hands-on sessions for persons with disabilities who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, or with mobility challenges, to demonstrate in a tangible manner, the impact ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) can have on thei...

Technology allows for every person to have opportunity,’ Minister Wilchcombe points out

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Technology is the equalizer for all citizens of the world, and especially for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe, said Friday. Addressing the Morning Session of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union ICT Week’s Persons with Disabilities Workshop (held Friday, September 9), Minister Wilchcombe said the Davis Administration is going to define equality for Persons with Disabilities by the action it undertakes to promote equality, accessibility and inclusion. (The Workshop, which was divided into a Morning and Afternoon Session was also addressed by Mr. Wayde Watson, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs; Mr. Rodney Taylor, Secretary-General, CTU; Mr. Carlton Smith,...

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