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Longville Park association seeks to enhance residents' lives

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston
Baldvin McKenzie

The Longville Park Citizens Association, through its recently formed Human Resource and Welfare Committee, is seeking to improve the welfare of residents through various initiatives.

President Baldvin McKenzie, said the committee is dedicated to helping to make life better for the residents of the Clarendon community.

"The committee comprises select members who can ensure that training, employment and welfare are undertaken," he told Rural Xpress.

unattached youths

According to McKenzie, with many in the community losing their jobs, facing health and other challenges, as well as the rising number of unattached youths, committee members are working hard, implementing initiatives that will make a difference in the lives of residents who need assistance.

For the unattached youths, the National Housing Trust (NHT) has sponsored a skills training course in general construction, food preparation and hospitality, managed by the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART/NTA).

This month, in a bid to help residents become more marketable, the committee has organised training in customer service and leadership.

On International Women's Day - March 8 - the human resource team will be spearheading a women's conference in the community.

McKenzie explained that focus would be placed on empowering women in the community and its environs through various workshops with specially selected speakers.

The conference, which will be targeting 200 women, will be hosted under the theme '50/50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality' and will form the framework for the Longville Park Women's Support Group.

Among the topics that will be explored are: domestic violence, women's health, women in business, and single mothers' challenges. An awards ceremony will also be held for special women in the Longville Park community who brought about change.

The committee has its challenges but the president said with the vision to make Longville Park a model community they will be pressing along.

"It's the single largest community in Jamaica and indeed the Caribbean. To organise initiatives is a huge task, but we are hoping residents will buy into the vision and help us create a better future for the youths coming up," he said.