Health Fairs and Buddy Walks - Ministry of Social Development Partners with Organisations for Outreach

Supporting Persons with Down Syndrome: Director of Social Welfare, Mrs Cheryl Layne-Perreira, interacting with participants of the National Down Syndrome Family Network, 6th Annual Buddy Walk, at the Ministry’s information booth on Sunday 29th October, 2017.

November 7, 2017: As an agency committed to its purpose and mandate to help empower and transform lives, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services participated in a number of outreach initiatives on the weekend of 28-29 October, 2017.

On Saturday 28th October, 2017 the Retiree Adolescent Partnership Programme of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services conducted their Health Fair and Family Outreach at the La Horquetta Regional Complex. Attractions included, the distribution of seedlings by the Ministry of Agriculture Land and Fisheries, information and support for children with Cancer by the Just Because Foundation, free vision screening by Optometrist Today and the North Central Regional Health Authority who provided free blood and pressure testing and other health services. Scores of persons from the La Horquetta community attended and accessed these services.

Also on Saturday, the Ministry joined the First Belmont Assembly Church at the Enforcer’s Grounds, Upper St Francois Valley Road, Belmont for their health, wellness and education fair. At this initiative, staff of the Ministry provided information and support on its many grants, programmes and services that are available at the Ministry. Some of the other services provided at the Fair were: free vision screening, legal advice and information, blood and pressure testing, HIV/AIDS testing, information and Cancer support, home improvement grants and more.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 29th October, 2017, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services proudly supported the National Down Syndrome Family Network for their 6th Annual Buddy Walk. The Buddy Walk promotes acceptance, awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. Yet again staff of the Ministry was on hand to interact with participants providing information and support on its cadre of programmes and services which persons with Disabilities can access.

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services continues to be a proud advocate of these organisations and provide support as we work together to empower and transform lives across the country.

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For more information contact:

Communications Unit
Ministry of Social Development and Family Services
(868) 623-2608; Ext 5405/5424/5432
cceu@social.gov.tt

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