MONDAY JANUARY 18, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD-AND TOBAGO – The Coterie of Social Workers in Barataria now have a comfortable upgraded space for seniors. The recent upgrades included re-painting of the inner and outer walls, purchase of fans, tables, chairs, and a sound system. The team partnered with the Digicel Foundation to complete the TT$25,000 EPIC initiative with hopes that when restrictions are lifted the seniors will have a relaxed space to gather and socialise.
Prior to COVID-19, the seniors’ activity centre was buzzing with activity such as dance, music, and other developmental and fun workshops. Fundraising has been challenging for the community group with little priority for enriching the lives of the elderly. Vice Chairman of The Coterie of Social Workers, Cynthia Sifontis expressed that they felt hopeless before the Digicel Foundation stepped in. She said, “This refurbishment was long overdue and sourcing funds to execute the project became very difficult for the organisation.”
The Digicel Foundation launched their Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) in 2016. To date over 31,000 persons have been impacted by the small grants initiative. The Coterie of Social Workers will be among the 100 EPIC partners engaged in the Foundation’s community engagement efforts thus far.
The Coterie of Social Workers is a women's organisation, established in 1921 in Trinidad and Tobago to engage in empowering women as well as providing benevolent assistance to the poor and disadvantaged.