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Happy Progress Reports In St Philip South
Monday, 19 April 2010 09:47
CHAIRMAN of the St Philip South Constituency Council Endearl Lorde is happy to report that the Council has had a relatively good five months since its establishment.

"I am happy with the progress we have made so far, since we have started, and I know the Council will make a significant impact on communities," says Lorde.

"We have been reaping success in referring persons to the right agencies, making links with organisations, and various community groups, as well as government and non-governmental institutions," he states.

This Council is now in the final stages of completing a needs assessment survey to determine the needs of the constituency as well as discover the resources available within the community.

According to Lorde, the data collected "will determine the future programmes that will be undertaken by the Council."

"We have also embarked on a debushing programme whereby we are clearing bush from dangerous corners and in various communities. This programme is providing short-term employment for some residents. We've also painted the homes of elderly persons, and carried out work on the Ruby Park play park for use as a recreational facility."

Lorde explained that the Council was approached by young men in the Ruby Park community who said if the area was cleared, they would form an organisation to maintain it.

Lorde said that this kind of team work was what the Council was looking for.

The St Philip Polyclinic was also the benefactor of the Council's help. Through their outreach programme, members of the polyclinic conducted a clean up and environmental quiz competition among students of the Reynold Weekes, St Martin/Mangrove, St Philip Primary School, Hilda Skeane, Bayley's Primary and St Catherine schools.

On the recommendation of the polyclinic, the Council presented a quantity of books for use in the schools.

Lorde further disclosed that Council members "are receiving a large number of requests for physical development and that training in business would be provided for interested constituents.

"We are still working on the development of the Volunteer Programme. With this in place, the Council would be able to do much more work within the constituency," he stressed.
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