Clarendon association makes a difference one community at a time
On Monday, the Clarendon Parish Schemes Association, formed four years ago as a National Housing Trust initiative to strengthen the bonds in the various schemes in the parish, took to the streets of Monymusk.
Chair of the association, Social Development Commission (SDC) parish manager, Baldvin McKenzie, said the visit to Monymusk was a follow-up to interventions started in that community.
"Four persons were killed in there several months ago and several agencies started various intervention programmes. We revisited to see how people - especially the youth - are coping," Mckenzie told Rural Xpress.
Describing Monday's experience, McKenzie said there was plenty interaction between the association and the youths.
"They were able to share with us how well they are coping and rap about issues that are impacting them. One of the good things is that there is now an active youth club that is spearheading a number of activities in the community," he said.
Sharing further plans, McKenzie said the SDC will be using sports as a vehicle to engage the wider community.
"The Parish Schemes Association will host a parish sports day, and efforts are being made to get the youth in Monymusk to participate in netball, football, domino basketball and cheerleading competitions."
The association also visited Hayes phases one and two, with the other 12 schemes being targeted.
Among the other schemes in the parish are Mitchell Town, Longville Park, Mineral Heights, Lionel Town, Predies and Busy Park.