In the of spirit giving and learning some new professional skills, the second year students in the Associate Degree in Applied Arts Social Work Programme embarked on a funding raising venture to make a donation to the Barbados Prison Fellowship’s Christmas Tree Project.
To accomplish their fund raising goals the eighteen students organised a series of cake sales on the College Campus as well as at TriMart Supermarket and they created special donation tins. During the development and implementation of the project, students learnt valuable skills in leading, organising and facilitating social work task groups.
The group chose the Barbados Prison Fellowship’s Christmas Tree Project in recognition that children with incarcerated parents often face additional risks and the Barbados Prison Fellowship was having difficulties raising donations in the current economic environment. The Barbados Prison Fellowship’s Christmas Tree Project presents gifts each year to the children of inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, Dodds.
The Honourable Steven Blackett, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development was on hand to witness the presentation. The donation was presented to Mr Win Callendar, Chairman, of the Barbados Prison Fellowship. Mr Callender noted that ventures such as these provided significant assistance to non-profit organisations and make children feel special at this time of year.