Parade Gardens gets stress management workshop
One hundred and fifty residents of Parade Gardens (central Kingston), are participating in a three-day workshop on stress management and parenting.
The workshop began Tuesday and will end today. The sessions are conducted from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Parade Gardens Community Centre.
The activity is being held under the Community Renewal Programme (CRP) of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, in partnership with the Art of Living Foundation.
Technical specialist for socio-economic development with the CRP, Charmaine Brimm, said the community of Parade Gardens was chosen because of the 'youthfulness' of the community and other socio-economic issues.
She pointed out that the community has a population of more than 11,000 persons, consisting mainly of the youth.
"So, when we talk about parenting issues, we talk about youth themselves who have become parents. So you can understand the complexities of that," Brimm said.
She explained that the workshop was in line with the social transformation goal of the CRP, but would form part of a holistic development plan for the community.
"The reality is you can't have full-scale development by giving it a piecemeal approach. So it can't be that we are just addressing parenting and then recognising that these people don't work. And they need to work, so the stressors will still be there," Brimm said.