Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Nationwide consultations on community centres continue

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Arts is continuing national consultations on community centres throughout the country in a bid to improve community facilities.

Citizens can attend the following sessions as follows:

Caroni District

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

9:00 am-1:00 pm

Warrenville Regional Complex, LP 27 Warren Munroe Road, Warrenville, Cunupia.

St. Patrick East & West Districts

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

South Oropouche Community Centre, Tito Hill, South Oropouche.

Nariva/Mayaro District

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Boos Community Centre, Corner Hibiscus Arch and Ecclesville Road, ¼ m.m. Rio Claro, Mayaro Old Road, Mayaro.

St. George East District

Saturday, June 20, 2017

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Upper El Dorado Community Centre, Caura Royal Road, El Dorado.

The Ministry says the consultations are an opportunity for stakeholders from all geographic areas to share their concerns and recommendations regarding the use, refurbishment, maintenance, construction, rental fees and other related matters in order to arrive at increased relevance and efficacy.

At the forum held on May 16 at the Sangre Grande Civic Centre for the St. Andrew/St. David district, Gwyneth Morris-Alexander, Deputy Director of the Community Development Division encouraged stakeholders to share their ideas, visions, opinions and recommendations.

Morris-Alexander also implored them to think outside the box because their perspectives were integral in the formulation of a new policy and guidelines regarding community centres.

She said it will also ensure that the ministry is on the right track to facilitate meaningful projects and programmes to the benefit of the communities.

Stakeholders attending the forum comprised of forty organisations, several interest groups, user groups and individuals from Rampanalgas, Guaico Tamana, Cumuto, Matelot, Plum Mitan, San Souci and environs.

Also speaking at the forum was Premnath Samlal, Supervisor II of the Community Development Division who thanked all the participants for their feedback and their commitment towards making their community a better place for us all.

Some of the recommendations made by participants were the inclusion of a craft room to accommodate training programmes such as fabric design, screen painting and pottery; availability of a ramp or elevator for the physically challenged and facilities that can accommodate future growth and environmental considerations.

These consultations, facilitated by the Community Development Division, will enhance the community engagement relationship between the Community Development Division and the communities, thereby ensuring that the community’s priorities and values continue to shape the services delivered by the Community Development District Offices.

For further information, please contact the Community Development District Offices to register for the respective fora: Caroni at 693-0928; St. Patrick East at 649-2473; St. Patrick West at 648-0818; Nariva/Mayaro at 644-0849 and St. George East at 662-4241. 

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