Community Development and Social Services

The Department of Community Development and Social Services is a government entity that primarily serves a dual role. It is responsible for providing social assistance services and fostering community advancement efforts geared towards meeting the needs of the most vulnerable households/individuals and positively impacting communities.

Mission Statement

To create an environment conducive to a client driven, proactive, efficient, effective, solution-based approach to social problems, through the delivery of quality services and employing the highest standard of performance.

Vision Statement

Growth and empowerment of all citizens through poverty alleviation services, focusing on care and enrichment programs for the most vulnerable, coupled with community education utilizing community organizations for the advancement of communal living.

The Department is guided by the Statement of Philosophy & Principles.

Our values and beliefs require that we are:

  • Professional
  • Client Focused
  • Gender Sensitive
  • Team Focused
  • Integrity Focused
  • Confidential
  • Impartial
  • Transparent and Accountable
  • Efficient
  • Evidence Driven
  • Effective

Principles include:

  • Social Justice
  • Participation
  • Equality
  • Learning
  • Cooperation
Policy and programmatic objectives

The Department’s Policy and programmatic objectives are integrated in the following documents:

  • National Social Protection Strategy
  • Community Development Strategic Document
  • Department’s Operations Manual
  • Government’s Estimates 2020

Services offered

A monthly food voucher is made payable to the head of a household for one (1) to two (2) years on behalf of the needy persons in that said household.

Vulnerability is measured in part by an income and expense analysis of the household. Where the remaining balance from the income is less than the minimum disposable income threshold, a food voucher benefit will be considered. The amount granted is typically based on the amount of dependents that require the assistance.

Vouchers are valued as follows:

  • For a family of one to two persons $200.00
  • For a family of three to four persons $300.00
  • For a family of more than four persons $400.00

Requirements for applications are as follows:

  • Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant
  • Pay Slip
  • Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses including cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc.

It is important to note that a National Household Registry (NHR) Assessment will be conducted at the applicant’s home to further determine the household’s level of vulnerability.

A Funeral Grant of up to EC$1,000.00 is granted on behalf of a deceased person whose family or guardian does not have sufficient resources to settle the burial expenses.

Requirements for applications are as follows:

  • Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant
  • Pay Slip
  • A Copy of the Death Certificate
  • Quotation from the chosen Funeral Home showing the full expense of the funeral
  • Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses (eg. cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc).
  • Evidence of Life Insurance for the deceased (if applicable)
  • Evidence of Indemnity Plan with Credit Union, Eastern Benevolence Society Funeral Plan or any other death insurance plan (if applicable)

In order to be eligible for a funeral grant, the total cost of the funeral cannot be more than EC$10,000. Vulnerability is measured by an income and expense analysis of the household.

Once application is approved, payment is made directly to the funeral home.

Medical Assistance is granted to a citizen of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis who is unable to settle medical related expenses for primary, secondary or tertiary level medical care. It is granted based on the outcome of the applicant’s income and expense analysis.

The maximum payable benefit to an individual is $5000.00 USD.

Medical assistance is inclusive of the following:

  • Airline tickets for overseas treatments
  • Medication
  • Eye Glasses
  • Surgeries
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasounds
  • Mammograms

Requirements for applications are as follows:

  • Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant
  • Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses (eg. cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc).
  • Quotation of requested medical service
  • Completed Medical Report form by applicant’s Doctor (forms can be collected at the Victoria Road Office in Basseterre)

This assistance is granted to an individual or household who has suffered loss as a result of a fire.

The application for Fire Victim Assistance MUST be completed by the individual or head of household who was affected by the fire.

The following are services provided for items destroyed by fire as specified in the fire report:

  • Emergency Food Voucher
  • School Uniform Assistance (if applicable)
  • Bed (if destroyed)
  • Completed C101 Form for Duty Free Concession for onward submission to and approval by Ministry of Finance

Requirements for applications are as follows:

  • Report from Fire Department
  • Report of Items Lost

The Department liaises with agencies such as the Red Cross Society to more holistically assist families.

Caters mainly to older and disabled persons within the community who desire geriatric care and attention. Visits are conducted at least twice weekly for a minimum of 30 minutes.

It is granted to residents and nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis who are in need of varying degrees of care at home owing to ageing, disability, illness and retirement.

Services under this program include, inter alia:

  • Companionship
  • Bedside and Personal Care
  • Medical Services
  • Minimal Household Care

Requirements for applications are as follows:

  • Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant
  • Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses (eg. cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc)
  • Completed Medical Report form by applicant’s Doctor (forms can be collected at the Victoria Road Office in Basseterre.

Annual Programmes and Activities

School uniforms are granted to most needy families who foresee a difficulty in providing school uniforms for their child/children to attend school at the start of each academic year.

Applications MUST be completed by the custodial parent or legal guardian of the said child/children. The application process usually starts during May of each year. Both uniforms and school shoes are granted using a newly-established criteria that takes into consideration applicants’ level of need or deprivation.

Requirements for applications are as follows:

a. Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant

b. Pay Slip Child/Children’s Birth Certificate for first-time applicants

c. Correct Uniform Size(s)

d. Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses (eg. cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc)

e. Acceptance Letter

f. Tuition Fee Payment Receipt

Each year, October 01st is internationally recognized as the Day of Older Persons. In line with this intention, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates October as the month of older persons. To observe this important period, the Department, in conjunction with the relevant stakeholders, plan and execute a number of activities in an effort to promote active ageing.

These events have included but are not limited to the following:

  • Seniors Fun Day
  • Beach Picnic
  • Church Service
  • Scenic Train Ride
  • Movies Day
  • Seniors Gala

Community Development

The Community Development arm of the Department is established to aid in facilitating the creation of an enabling environment which allows for active participation of community members in the identification, formulation, implementation and monitoring of their own development solutions.

The objectives involved in the process are:

a. Social development and economic growth enabled

b. The enhancement of capacity of community members – so that they are empowered to articulate their needs, plan, implement and monitor programs that are beneficial to their development – enhanced

c. Inter-agency collaboration and partnerships between government, non-government, donor agencies and other service agencies is enhanced

d. Sustainable development through community ownership of programs which facilitate their own development is enabled.

Community Development Officer

The purpose of a Community Development Officer (CDO) is to work with individuals and groups in the community so that they are enabled and empowered to enhance their social and economic condition for the betterment of themselves and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis by providing community direction which:

1. Begins a process that empowers communities to participate in self-reliant sustainable inclusive programs

2. Engages others to build social capital, reduce isolation and anti-social behaviours in communities

3. Fosters an environment which brings about meaningful social and economic change to individuals and communities

4. Engages and enhance participatory governance and accountability in St. Kitts and Nevis

5. Ensures effective management of assigned community centers

Contact Listing

Name: Osslyn Ward-Harris
Designation: Director
Assignment: The Dept. & Saddlers Home
Email: Osslynharris.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 467-1222/1314

Name: MaryAnn Wigley
Designation: Deputy Director
Assignment: Dept. & Saddlers Home
Email: Maryannwigley.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 664-3711 or 467-1310

Name: Andrea Douglas
Designation: Registry Operations Manager
Assignment: All Areas/Zones
Email: Andreadouglas.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 467-1312/1314

Name: Erslyn Bridgewater
Designation: Senior Community Development Officer
Assignment: All Areas/Zones
Email: Erslynbridgewater.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 467-1315

Name: Frances Madir
Designation: Supervisor at the Saddlers Home
Assignment: Zone 4B
Email: Francesmadir.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone:466-4998/767-0483

Name: Lyncia Dore
Designation: Case Manager
Assignment: Zones 4B & V
Email: Lynciadore.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 467-1224

Name: Dahlia Scarborough
Designation: Case Manager
Assignment: Zones 1 and II
Email: Dahliascarborough.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 767-048

Name: Tashine J Stevens
Designation: Case Manager
Assignment: Zones III & 4A
Email: Tashinehenvillestevens.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 467-1224

Name: Larissa Riley
Designation: Social Assistance Officer
Assignment: Zones III (Challenger-Sandy Point)
Email: Larissariley.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 466-8699/667-3209

Name: Maricia Kelly
Designation: Social Assistance Officer
Assignment: Zones 1 (East Basseterre – St. Peters)
Email: Mariciakelly.govkn@gmail.com

Name: Rhyllis Wattley
Designation: Social Assistance Officer
Assignment: Zones 4B (Parsons – Christ Church)
Email: Rhylliswattley.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 662-5405

Name: Kedauna Gumbs
Designation: Social Assistance Officer
Assignment: Zone II (West Basseterre – Palmetto Point)
Email: Kedaunagumbs.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 763-8463

Name: Carisma Mulley
Designation: Social Assistance Officer
Assignment: Zone 4A (Newton Ground-Dieppe Bay)
Email: Carismamulley.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 763-6483

Name: Delicia Crawford
Designation: Social Assistance Officer
Assignment: Canana Estate
Email: Deliciacrawford.govkn@gmail.com
Telephone: 667-3048

Name: Chantelle Pemberton
Designation: Community Development Officer
Assignment: Zone I
Email: shantellepemberton.govkn@gmail.com

Name: Delroy Prentice
Designation: Community Development Officer
Assignment: Zone II
Email: Delroyprentice.govkn@gmail.com

Name: Dorothy Caines
Designation: Community Development Officer
Assignment: Zone III
Email: Dorothycaines.govkn@gmail.com

Name: Carolyn French
Designation: Community Development Officer
Assignment: Zone 4A & 4B
Email: Carolynfrench.govkn@gmail.com

Name: Chadi Garnette
Designation: Community Development Officer
Assignment: Zone 4B
Email: Chadigarnette.govkn@gmail.com

Name: Haniff Charles
Designation: Community Development Officer
Assignment: Zone V
Email: Haniffcharles.govkn@gmail.com

Name: Amoy Richards-Brandy
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone III
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Merle Woodley
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone III
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Freedom Wilkes
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone III
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Iotha Charles Banjamin
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone I
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Andria Caines
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone I
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Venecia Wharton
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone I
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: NatikaMcCall-Clarke
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone V
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Carren Hicks
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone V
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Charlotte Salters
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Saddlers Home Attendant
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Bernadette Duncan
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Saddlers Home Attendant
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Carlene Richardson
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Saddlers Home Attendant
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Veronica Hendricks
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Saddlers Home Attendant
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Jacqueline Francis
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Saddlers Home Attendant
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Henrietta Ward
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Saddlers Home Attendant
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Isis Nisbett
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Saddlers Home Attendant
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Melissa Hazel
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone 4B
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Denise Browne
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone 4B
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Florence Francis Henry
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone 4A
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Veronica Greene
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone II
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Janice Bailey
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone II
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483

Name: Camel Johashen
Designation: Home Care Officer
Assignment: Zone II
Telephone: 466-4998/767-0483