Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government is seeking to identify suitable premises to house a model place of safety, which will provide appropriate medical, psychological and psychiatric treatment for children in the care of the State.In her presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 18, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, noted that many of the children, who end up in state care, have experienced significant trauma in their lives, including sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to domestic and other forms of violence.“Many suffer from depression and other mental illnesses and some try or succeed in harming themselves,” she said.She informed that the Ministry has the support of a dedicated group of medical professionals as part of an advisory council of psychiatrists to assist in this process and thanked them for their services.The members include: Dr. Aggrey Irons, Dr. Pauline Milbourn, Dr. Ganesh Shetty, Dr. Myo Oo, Dr. Charles Thesiger, Dr. Judith Leiba, Dr. Clayton Sewell,Dr. Terrence Bernard, Dr. Gillian Lowe, Dr. Yvonnie Bailey-Davidson, Dr. Frank Knight, and Dr. Maureen Irons-Morgan.Minister Hanna noted too that the Ministry of Education has committed to providing teachers for juveniles in correctional facilities, which will increase the hours and quality of teaching available to them.Meanwhile, starting in September, children in state care will benefit from art therapy. The project duded ‘Art for Life’, will run for one year initially and is being funded by the CHASE Fund in the amount of $5 million.Phase one of the project will target girls in detention, providing them with therapeutic and expressive outlets as well as marketable skills.“The programme will initially involve female children at Fort Augusta, the Horizon Remand Centre and the Homestead Place of Safety in Stony Hill,” Minister Hanna informed.The Department of Correctional Services, Child Development Agency (CDA),Edna Manley College, the National Gallery, the Institute of Jamaica and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) are collaborating on the initiative.Contact: Andrea Braham RelatedJamaican Culture on display as JCDC Performing Arts Finals get underway Govt Addressing Medical and Psychological Needs of Children in State Care CultureJune 20, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham RelatedCrime Prevention Strategy to Focus on At-Risk Youth RelatedJCDC to Unveil Slate of Activities for 50th Anniversary
Governor Peter Shumlin today announced the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will be awarding $504,279 in grants to 15 municipalities and non-profit organizations across Vermont for recreational trail projects. Grants are provided through the Recreational Trails Program, and more money is on the way.’ Recreational Trails Program funds come from the Federal Highway Administration, helping to improve livability for Vermonters.’ Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails and trailhead facilities for non-motorized, motorized, and/or multiple compatible recreational trail uses. ‘ “Vermont’s outdoor recreation opportunities are so important to our way of life and our economy. These grants provide opportunities for Vermonters to spend more time on our trails, encouraging outdoor activity and healthy living,’ said Governor Shumlin.’ ‘By improving access to public lands and waters, these grants also support both local tourism and recreation businesses,’ said Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder. ‘ About half of the grant funds are awarded to VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) for grooming, signage and safety patrol of the statewide system of snowmobile trails, with the other half divided between fourteen other project sponsors in increments of $20,000 or less. Sponsors are required to contribute at least 20% of the total project costs.’ Applications are reviewed and ranked by a five-member citizens’ committee based on rigorous criteria, and only the highest priority projects get funded.’ Fortunately, funding for this important program is made available to Vermont on an annual basis and the next grant funding cycle is ready to begin. Municipalities and non-profit organizations can now apply for Recreational Trails Program grant funds for fall 2014 and spring 2015 construction seasons. Applications are available online through the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation’s website at http://www.vtfpr.org(link is external) . The deadline for grant applications to be submitted to the Department is February 28, 2014.
A theatrical fairytale dance show called Once Upon A Dance Night takes place at the Artscape on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27. It includes belly dancing and hip hop. The dances studios taking part are Sanaa-Moon Belly Dance Studio, SOMA, Simply Belly Dancing, Maya Belly Dance Troupe, Hip Circle Belly Dance Studio and Beat Rock Dance Studio.Proceeds of the show and merchandise will be going to Scarlett Paws who assist animal shelters in need. Tickets cost R150. Book through Computicket. Pictured at back is the Evil Queen Genevieve James and in front is Tammy Rossouw, the Good Queen.