Social workers in densely populated communities such as Haynesville, St James have a key role in community development.
This was highlighted during a pilot project conducted by the UWI’s Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work, where three social work interns, were placed in the Haynesville community for a nine-month period.
One of the interns, Adona Bradshaw, told Barbados TODAY that based on the results of the project, it was evident that social workers were needed within the community to counsel, guide and help residents find solutions.
She disclosed that although various social services are offered, residents remain unaware and uneducated, hence the need for social workers at the grassroots level to keep the community informed.
“All these different things are there but somehow people hardly leave their environs to go and find help, so it is always good to have help on the ground,” Bradshaw said.
“I see a place for non-governmental organizations [and] social workers to come together and get into communities and really help people because they really need help.”
Bradshaw and her colleagues Tanya Lewis and Stephanie Burgess provided stress management and communication programmes for the residents.
The interns today hosted a community empower exposition where entrepreneurs from the community showcased their products.