We had a really good turn out, considering volunteers were not sure if training was to take place or it was a general meeting.
In the absence of Dr. Patterson, Camille Smith held the meeting. She explained that training had to be postponed as there were too few volunteers signed up for the first session. Both sessions will now be combined and will definitely start on Thursday, 23rd April at Knowles House. Camille went through the modules so that volunteers have an idea of how the training will proceed. Veteran volunteers are also asked to attend to update their expertise and knowledge, particularly those who take on Hotline Duty.
The main focus of the meeting, however, was the Family Fair and Cultural Show to be held on May 9th at the National Theatre for the Performing Arts on Shirley Street. This will be a major fund raising event and all volunteers are asked to participate or assist in other ways in making the event a success.
Jadetra Ingraham presented on the progress made so far and it was obvious that the committee is working very hard to ensure everything is in place to make this an exciting event.
So far there are 13 booths, selling books, clothes, T-shirts while you wait, etc. TCC volunteers will be responsible for selling sodas and the concern is that there are no food stalls at the present time. Volunteers are urged to encourage any food vendors to participate. Time is of the essence as food vendors have to produce food handling licences before a permit can be issued, which can take over a week to acquire.
For the Cultural Show, several artistes have committed to perform, including singers, dance troupes, marching bands, Indian dancers etc. The Defence Force band will be playing during the Fair itself and Clico Colours junkanoo band will be performing.
Also at the Fair, there will be a Bouncing Castle, Adventure Learning Centre and Face Painting.
Volunteers were asked to purchase T-shirts, which will also be sold at the Fair.
Still needed were:
- an electrician to advise on the availability of electricity to those booth holders who need it
- ice coolers to hold the sodas
- any more cultural groups or individuals who would like to participate
- information on any organizations who would like to set up booths to do medical testing or educate on the services they offer
- volunteers to donate cases of sodas
Tickets for the Cultural Show cost $10 and volunteers were informed that they are responsible for any tickets they accept from the Centre. If they are not able to sell those tickets, they will be expected to pay for them. This is most important to keep in mind before taking too many tickets!!
To get the Fair off onto a good start, there will be an official opening, with singers and a marching band.
Ads have been sent to the Community Channel and appearances will be made on various radio stations to let the public know about this event. Flyers will be distributed throughout the island and on the electronic media.
There will be a further meeting on Tuesday, 21st April to distribute flyers. All volunteers are asked to become involved in any way they can.
The Crisis Centre also has a page on Facebook and we have created an event on Facebook in the hopes that each member will send out invitations throughout the Bahamas to encourage support.
Please call Novelette on 328.0922 for further information.
I am sorry to say I did not attend the meeting but was given information from those who were there. This post has been delayed too by the fact that I have been busily preparing posters for an exhibition to be held in Princess Margaret Hospital to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month, more recently named Child Protection Month. The exhibit will be up from 6th April until the end of the month.
The meeting was fairly well attended with quite a few new volunteers who are anxiously awaiting training. Donna Nicolls, who is coordinating the training sessions gave an overview of what the training will comprise.
The first dates are April 16-18 (Thursday evening until Saturday morning), or alternatively April 23-25. The modules will address Self Awareness, the Crisis Centre, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence, which includes Human Trafficking.
The second sessions will take place on either April 30-May 2 or May 14-16 and will address Child Abuse, the Effects of Trauma and Hotline training.
The final session will be on Saturday May 30 or June 11 which will be a test/evaluation.
Volunteers will be able to choose on which dates they will attend.
Tony Smith gave an inspiring presentation on Budgeting, setting out a budgeting plan which included determining objectives, definitions, establishing how one should live financially, given one’s means, getting out of debt, how to snowball your debt (paying off the smallest ones first) and most importantly, creating a budget and sticking to it.
Volunteers found the information very helpful.
Chekera gave an update on the Fair to be held on May 9th. She and her team members have worked hard to make the Fair and Cultural Show a success. All volunteers are asked to participate as much as possible.
I hope you all have a peaceful and blessed Easter. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, 18th April (to be confirmed as training is at that time too!)