Minister of Social Development and Family Services Senator Donna Cox used Christmas afternoon to share news of her ministry’s new First Responders’ Initiative, during a walkabout in Weekes Trace, San Juan.
The First Responders’ Initiative will be formally launched in 2021 and aims to be more proactive in identifying needy families. A key component of the Initiative, which will be led by the Family Services Division, would be a formal collaborative approach to addressing family issues between the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and other ministries and relevant NGOs and state agencies.
Cox’s Christmas walkabout, according to a press release, also served as ‘an instrument for assessment of families and households within the area, so that a customised approach could be developed by the ministry in the promotion and implementation of its programmes, grants and services’.
Among the beneficiaries today were Tricia Straker, a mother of eight, and Lucien Joseph, a patient of Buerger’s disease, who both received hampers.