De­part­ment of Pro­ba­tion and Pa­role’s Buddy Pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

“We will do it again.” That’s how of­fi­cials from the De­part­ment of Pro­ba­tion and Pa­role Ser­vices have summed up the re­cent suc­cess of two of their sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­grammes for men. The pro­grammes took the form of a health dis­cus­sion hosted by med­i­cal doc­tor Joachim Jimmy and a so­cial ses­sion where men played domi­noes and dis­cussed their con­cerns with pro­fes­sional coun­ter­parts who helped them to ad­dress con­cerns in­clud­ing health and well­be­ing, spir­i­tu­al­ity and par­ent­ing.

Of­fi­cials say men seem to be evolv­ing from the stereo­typ­i­cal per­sona that they are in­vin­ci­ble, and are will­ing to ac­cept help in deal­ing with per­sonal is­sues. One of the or­gan­is­ers com­mented that men seem to be look­ing for av­enues to share ex­pe­ri­ences and find so­lu­tions.

“We were re­ally pleased to meet their ex­pec­ta­tions but they sur­passed ours with their level of en­thu­si­asm and par­tic­i­pa­tion. Def­i­nitely we will at­tempt to reach out to them again next year” one of­fi­cial said. The two ac­tiv­i­ties cen­tered on the ob­ser­vance of Fa­ther’s Day in June.

On the heels of this suc­cess, the De­part­ment of Pro­ba­tion and Pa­role Ser­vices has set its fo­cus on the Buddy Pro­gramme which will be rolled out later this month. The De­part­ment is call­ing on whole­some ci­ti­zens to be­come men­tors or to in­di­rectly sup­port the pro­gramme. Per­sons wish­ing to be­come bud­dies should visit the De­part­ment‘s of­fices in Cas­tries or Vieux Fort.

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