Life is change and these are times of change for The Crisis Centre. As we have indicated for some weeks now, we will no longer be able to work out of Knowles House as the construction on new operating theaters at PMH is about to start. At least for now, the Crisis Centre is being offered two rooms in the hospital from which to operate our services. This will require a major adjustment to staff and clients alike but our main concern is that clients continue to come for counseling and crisis intervention. Volunteers will be kept up to date on the move.
Another change is a transfer of responsibility for our website. I designed the site in 2001 and it has proved useful to people here and abroad in learning about the services we offer. It has had nearly 25,000 hits mostly from the Bahamas but also from all over the world.
However, many of our younger members in particular feel that it needs to be rebuilt and it is admirable that such interest is taken in it’s design and content. With this in mind, I have today handed over to a new webmaster and we look forward to seeing great things on the website. The forum and this blog will continue to be managed by Sue and myself, respectively.
In other news, the Night For Hope and Healing will take place next Thursday, 7th October at 7pm on Fowler Street. It is hope as many volunteers as possible will attend. Please call the office if you need further information.
The Crisis Centre will be participating in Mental Health Day on Friday 8th October at Church of God Auditorium on Joe Farrington Road with a display of our posters and brochures.
- National Day to End Sexual Violence. Since the Regional Conference was held in 2007, we have recognized the 29th September as the National Day to End Sexual Violence. Two years ago we held an exhibition in the Mall at Marathon and last year, we held a press conference in the cemetery at St. Matthews Anglican Church. This year, Donna Nicolls is organizing a “Night of Hope and Healing”.
This event will be held at ‘The Indaba Tent’, home of The Indaba Project, afterschool programme, Fowler Street, on Wednesday September 29, at 7 – 9 pm
- Reorganization of the Crisis Centre. It is hoped to set up two committees, one Executive and one Advisory. This item will be further discussed in October.
- Crisis Centre/Zonta Partnership. Zonta has offered to partner with the Crisis Centre and will be focussing on teen relationship violence and, from November 25th for sixteen days, will be going into the schools to address this issue. Donna will be training those who will be visiting the schools. Zonta is also willing to help the Centre finance a new building.
- Crisis Centre Month. Jadetra and Candice have been planning several events/activities for the month of November to recognize Crisis Centre Month, including flooding the airways and TV (particularly Channel 12) with information on the Crisis Centre, a fair to be held on R.M Bailey Part, exhibitions in the Mall at Marathon, and possibly a fundraising party. The 13th November was considered for the fair.
- Update on Building. It seems that the Crisis Centre will have to move and we have no alternative accommodation as yet. We are to be offered two rooms in PMH as a temporary measure. Other ideas are being investigated.
- Family Violence Summit. This is to be held this coming week from Wednesday 22nd – 24th September at the Police Headquarters from 9.30-4.30. Friday is for men only when the Bahamian branch of Cariman will be launched. Cariman is a Caribbean movement of Men Against Violence. One of the organizers Peter Weller from Jamaica will be in Nassau to share about this movement.
- A discussion was also started on the type of situations/crises facing citizens and residents alike in The Bahamas today. The number of suicides or suicide attempts of young people is of particular concern as well as the financial stress being experienced by so many people. It was suggested that a round table discussion should be organized to discuss these issues in more depth.
We hope that more volunteers will attend the next meeting in October. Please call the office if you would like any further information on any of the topics addressed at the meeting held yesterday.
Our monthly volunteer meeting will be held at 10am on Saturday, September 18, 2010, in the J. Whitney Pinder building on Collins Ave. and 1st Terrace. Please call the office for directions if you are not sure of the location. See you there!