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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

The Liberty Lodge Boys Training Centre launched a “Big Brother" Mentorship Programme on Wednesday, 5th April, 2023 at the Centre in Largo Height and with eleven mentors taking on the responsibility of providing guidance to boys at the institution for at-least one year.

The goal of the programme is to support the healthy development of residents by addressing their psychological needs thereby reducing risks factors of negative behaviours.

Minister of National Mobilisation Hon. Orando Brewster, urged the lads to “take the programme seriously” and to not see themselves as victims, but individuals with ‘great potential and purpose.’  Minister Brewster thanked the eleven mentors for participating in the programme while encouraging other individuals to come on board to help provide mentorship for the boys.

The launch of the Big Brother Mentorship Programme coincided with activities to commemorate Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month in April, under the theme: “You have the power to create a better future for us the children, treat us well.”  Director of Child Development Division, Jemma Alexander said the Big Bother Programme is tailored to providing “supportive mentorship relationships to boys at the Centre.” Alexander said a mentor is a ‘role model that a mentee can talk to and share experiences with.’  

Featured speaker at the ceremony, Legal Officer at the General Employees Co-operative Credit Union (GECCU) J-Lany Williams, congratulated the organisers within the Ministry of National Mobilisation for initiating the ‘Big Brother Mentorship Programme.’ Williams said the mentorship will help break the stigma associated with young men being underachievers, by giving them support as they embark on a journey to become outstanding citizens.

The Liberty Lodge Boys Training Centre offers activities in farming (poultry and agriculture), craft and other skill-based initiatives.  

The mentors who have signed on to be a part of the programme are:  Able-body Seaman Bobb of and Chief Petty Officer - Edwin Durrant of the RSVG Coast Guard, Constable Elroy Quammie and Corporal Roderick John of the RSVG Police Force, Ari Shaw - Teacher at the St. Martins Secondary School, Kamiel James - Farmer, Ashené Peters - Entrepreneur, Adrian Dole - Barrister-at-law, J-lany Williams - Barrister-at-law and Legal Officer - GECCU, Pastor Dexter Kirby from the Grace Community Baptist Church, and Keith Williams - Entrepreneur.


SOURCE: Agency For Public Information

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 Secretaries
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
PS For Housing and Informal Human Settlement
Location: Granby Street, Kingstown
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 4681

Mrs. Merissa Finch-Burke 
PS For Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, and Youth
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 3863


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, 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