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View Speech by Minister Stephenson 2019
Our mission is to facilitate social, cultural and economic development at the community level.
Our mission is to promote sustainable economic development by engineering and regulating a vibrant co-operative sector in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Our mission is to provide persistently, effective programmes and efficient services aimed at advocating equity in family relations, fostering the Rights of the Child, persons with disabilities, the elderly and enhancing the socio-economic development of all family members.
Our mission is to ensure that all citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have equal access to opportunities that will shape their social, cultural, spiritual, educational, economical and political development.
Our mission is to provide a caring environment in which boys 7 – 16 years old having familial, educational, social, emotional, and or behavioural difficulties can develop skills that would allow them to become responsible and productive citizens.


Hon. Orando Brewster

Following the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano on April 9th 2021, many Vincentians in the Red and Orange Zones were displaced from their normal way of lives and homes. 

Many of whom found refuge in the various shelters designated by the Government and NEMO as spaces to house persons who evacuate their homes.  This disruption caused many to experience trauma, grief, shock and disbelief, while at the same-time coping with their new living conditions.  It was therefore necessary for the provision of psychosocial support and therapy for the affected persons.
The government through its international agencies were provided with this support through UNICEF.  The Goodness Tour was then organized and sent to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to assist in this regard through innovative ways.  The Goodness Tour provides music and art experiences to persons facing adversity all over the world.  The Goodness Tour infuses hope, resilience, positivity, joy and love into the hearts of those who are facing aversity.

The expected activities to be conducted on Saint Vincent are as follows:
1. Facilitation of 40 two hr creative therapy classes with adolescents and caregivers in selected communities.
2. Painting of 6 large community murals at strategic location within the disaster zone; local artistes and community individual would be welcomed to paint.
3. Distribute Government/UNICEF information cards with messages on the prevention and response to all forms of child abuse and gender-based violence sessions as is possible.
4. Hosting of one community engagement in capital Kingstown between the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in association with UNICEF and partners; this would be used to communicate the importance of community healing and the recovery processes.
This collaboration is between the Ministries of National Mobilisation et al, Tourism and Culture, UNICEF, Water Mission, and Alliance of artists in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and community actors.

SOURCE: SOURCE: Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, Youth, Housing and Informal Human Settlement

Family Services Division

We Facilitate and identify alternative homes for abused children and the elderly.  Liaise with child care agencies, regional and International. Prepare social inquiry report for the Court and relevant international agencies.

Our Division is located in Pauls Avenue in the Co-operative Credit Union League Building. Find out more on what we offer

Contact Information

Permanent Secretary
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
Tel :(784) 450-0395
PBX :(784) 456-1111
Ext : 395/396
Fax :(784) 457-2476 


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Local Government, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Settlement

Halifax Street Kingstown St. Vincent

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday - Sunday