New community resource centre for Sav-la-Mar residents
RESIDENTS OF Savanna-la-Mar and neighbouring communities are set to benefit from a newly constructed community resource centre.
The Source Savanna-La-Mar is a multifaceted community centre which will function as a business hub and training centre that offers Internet and various other community ser-vices for residents in neighbouring Barracks Pen, Gully Bank, Gratto, Seaton Crescent and Russia, all volatile areas.
Jamaica National Building Society and the Digicel foundations have been working assiduously for the completion of the newly constructed community resource centre, which is expected to be ready by January 2011. Persons from both foundations and members of the Y's Mennetts Service Club on Saturday painted and cleaned the facility. A workshop was also hosted at the site.
Created by residents
Unlike many other community pro-jects that claim to be in the interest of people, the idea for The Source Savanna-la-Mar was created by the residents for the residents.
They were consulted with regard to what areas of training/specialisation was necessary for their sustainability. The construction of the centre provided temporary employment for residents of those five communities, as work was shared on a weekly basis.
The Source Savanna-la-Mar will feature an auditorium (for distant learning for universities and community meetings), four business incubation units available for short-term lease, a healthy-lifestyle café, a library, a créche for the children of young mothers who are training at the facility, a kitchen for culinary arts classes, multi-purpose courts and a recording studio.
The Jamaica Business Information Centre will also be housed at The Source, to provide hand-holding support (business plans and registration) for entrepreneurs. The Community Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) will also provide entrepreneurial training, parenting workshops, conflict resolution, mentorship and leadership opportunities to the communities at large.
Simeon Robinson, programme manager of CSJP, said the idea for the facility was a great one. The CSJP will be providing equipment and furniture for The Source.
Y's Mennetts Service Club donated the land, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Social Development Commission are also partners in the project.
The Source Savanna-la-Mar will be the fifth of its kind island wide.
- Janice Glenn