BARP’s new Executive Manager plans to aggressively tackle challenges such as recovering lost CLICO funds & Disabled Parking abuse
In keeping with BARP’s vision and Mission, I am committed to improving the quality of life for the over 50 group in Barbados through advocacy and lobbying on behalf of our members as well as education awareness activities and events where appropriate. In these tough economic times, the over 50 age group, retirees and pensioners, can play a part in the economic recovery. With over 35,000 members we have a strong voice, the expertise and the willingness within our membership to make a difference.
Tapping into the skills and expertise of our members
Many of our members have years of experience and expertise in a wide range of professions and industries. That expertise is largely untapped. Given the state of the economy, these highly qualified, knowledgeable and responsible persons are a most valuable resource pool for the wider community.
We are in the process of updating our information database with the skills, interests and areas of expertise of our members so that we can market their skills to provide an extra source of income for them, as well as to use their skills in our ongoing projects. These projects include advocacy and lobbying at many levels; government, corporate and community to fight against discrimination and stereotyping and to address issues, social and economic that affect not only BARP members but also the nation as a whole.
- Project examples:
To encourage legislation for reverse mortgages so that senior citizens who own their homes or other property can use these to provide income in their retirement years to maintain their quality of life.
NIS taxes: Lobby to seek the removal of taxes from National Insurance Pensions
Crime against the elderly:
Ongoing advocacy with regard to crime against the elderly, e.g. chain snatching, ‘granny dumping’, abuse in the home, stealing of pensions, psychological abuse etc.
Facility for older persons:
There is pressing need for facilities to take care of older persons. BARP is in the process of planning the construction and operation of a facility to provide day care, assisted living and long term living for older persons. The project estimated to cost approximately Bds $23,000,000, will be built on 6.5 acres of land in St. Philip.
There is no reason why a person’s standard of living should deteriorate substantially on retirement. Many people underestimate the amount and type of resources required for their retirement. In some cases, some persons are just unable to plan adequately or plan at all for retirement.
We propose to conduct seminars for our members to help them in this regard and we are also encouraging corporations to conduct retirement planning events targeting persons from an early age to impress upon them the need for retirement planning, not just from a financial aspect but also with respect to health, housing, living arrangements and all the aspects that must be considered. The quality of life on retirement is directly related to the planning done earlier in life. Unfortunately, when in our youth, many of us see retirement as something in the distant future and do not pay attention until it is too late. Early planning assistance will not only benefit individuals but relieve some of the social burden on the already strained government resources.