The Urban Development Commission (UDC) will take the spotlight soon when it hosts a week of activities to celebrate its 16th anniversary.

Urban Progress, Urban Culture, Urban Life ??? 16 years of Urban Development is the theme of the celebrations, which will commence on Sunday, August 11, with a thanksgiving service at 9:00 a.m., at Bethel Methodist Church, Bay Street, St. Michael.

The following day, Monday, August 12, Director of Youth, Cleviston Hunte, will deliver a public lecture at the Urban Development Commission, Bridge Street Mall, Bridge Street, Bridgetown, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Hunte will look at Urban Progress, Urban Culture, Urban Life ??? 16 years of Urban Development and will focus on the youth living in and around urban Barbados.

On Wednesday, August 14, the staff of the Commission and Berger Paints will partner to beautify the home of a 99-year-old man, who resides at Westbury Road, St. Michael. The staff will also develop a small garden to enhance the house???s surroundings.

Celebrations will climax with a UDC Market Place on Thursday, August 15, on the Chamberlain Swing Bridge, Bridgetown, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There will be product displays by some local small businesses, with patrons getting an opportunity to purchase the exhibits. Health checks will be available to the public during the day.

The aims of the Market Place are to foster a developmental platform for entrepreneurs and merge efforts of the private and public sectors to enhance business opportunities.

The mission of the UDC is ???to provide services and programmes that would assist in the alleviation of poverty, and to enhance the sustainable quality of life and high standards of living within the urban population???.??


The Christ Church West Constituency Council will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings commencing on Thursday, August 8, at the Clapham Resource Centre, Clapham, St. Michael. The topic will be Hurricane Preparedness and all sessions will commence at 7:00 p.m.

All residents of the Christ Church West Constituency, community groups and leaders in the constituency are invited to attend.??


The Community Development Department???s 10-week Community Technology Programme (CTP) will begin on Monday, September 23.

The programme, which is free to the public, will offer training in Microsoft Office 2010. Level one classes consist of Introduction to Computers; Introduction to Email; Introduction to Internet; Introduction to XP; and Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010. Meanwhile, Level two, or Advance classes, will provide training in Word and Powerpoint 2010; Excel and Publisher 2010; Access 2010; and Outlook and Internet.

The Community Development Department is, therefore, inviting persons to register at the nearest Resource Centre. Interested persons who reside in St. Michael may contact one of the following Resource Centres: Bush Hall, at 427-7278; Bonnetts, Brittons Hill, at 435-2427; Deacons, at 421-8425; Grazettes, at 425-1183; and Haggatt Hall, at 436-6839.

Residents of Christ Church may contact the St. Christopher Resource Centre, at 420-7771 or the Briar Hall Resource Centre, at 430-1421, while persons from St. Philip may contact the Rices Resource Centre, at 271-2548 or St. Marks Resource Centre, at 423-7342.

St. Peter residents may contact the Resource Centre at Speightstown, at 422-1940, or the Centre at Black Bess at 422-1250, and St. James residents may call Weston Resource Centre at 422-5630, to enroll in the CTP.

To register at the St. Elizabeth Resource Centre, St. Joseph residents may call 433-9903, while persons from St. George may contact the Centres at Drax Hall at 228-2893; the Valley at 437-0621; or Greens at 271-4168.??


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