Child Care Board Receives Funds to Assist with Programmes at Sterling Children’s Home

The Child Care Board (CCB) has received a helping hand from The Villages at Coverley following the presentation of a cheque valued at almost four thousand dollars. The funds were raised by The Villages’ annual charity 5K Run/Walk and will go towards the work being carried out at the Sterling Children’s Home.

Speaking during a recent ‘thank you‘ ceremony, Senior Child Care Officer with the CCB, Colin St. Hill said it was an honour for Sterling Children’s Home to have been selected as the charity of choice this year, especially as The Villages at Coverley has been organizing the event for some time.

Mr. St. Hill noted that while Sterling Children’s Home is a mixed gender adolescent facility, it is currently catering to only girls. Mr. St. Hill stated that this follows a decision by the CCB to work closer with the female residents, recognizing that they would benefit from specialized programmes.

“We also have transitional cottages at the Sterling Home. These are for children who are 16 years and over, who have finished school and are in the Youth Service, Barbados Community College, etc. This is done in an effort to prepare them to live in the community.”

Mr. St. Hill said the CCB recognized that there was a need to help the teenagers learn about independent living and as such, those in the transitional homes are taught how to cook, how to budget, various banking services and several other skills to prepare them to live on their own.

As it relates to sponsorship, Mr. St. Hill said the Board has received help from Corporate Barbados adding that several supporting organizations have worked closely with Sterling Children’s Home over the years.

Corporate Barbados has been pretty kind to the Child Care Board and Sterling in particular. This has been of great assistance to many of those adolescents who would have gone to the transitional cottages and who have moved on. That is what we are looking for – long term support; long term commitment.”

The cheque was presented by Administrative Assistant at The Villages at Coverley, Lea-ann Roberts who said it was a pleasure to work with the Child Care Board to assist with the programmes being run by the Home. She added that the 5K would not have been successful without the participation and contribution of patrons and sponsors.

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