Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment

About The CDD

The Community Development Department was established in the early 1970’s and mandated to function as a mobilising agency to facilitate individuals and groups achieving the following objectives:

• Positive physical, economic social change within communities.

• A spirit of self- reliance, entrepreneurship and enterprise development lending to sustainable development and the reduction of poverty.

• Community empowerment, cohesion, employment creation, cultural development and enhanced social functioning.

The Department maintain Community Centres, and Community Resource Centres across the island, facilitated a range of community oriented initiatives and services. While all centres offer free wifi access, Resource Centres are retrofitted to accommodate computer labs for IT training.

Objectives of The CDD

Through its programmes and activities, the Community Development Department seeks to do the following:

Facilitate cultural expression within communities towards creating a spirit of progress, cultural industries and enterprise.

Facilitate greater levels of social cohesion, inclusion and productivity through wide and varied recreational, educational and cultural activities.

Manage and maintain Community Centres efficiently and effectively.

Provide technical and/or financial assistance to non-profit organisations in support of activities falling within the mandate of The CDD.

Continue expanding the Community Technology Programme (CTP) to provide accessible high quality ICT training to the masses across the island.

Continue expanding and broadening the impact of HIV/AIDS community education committees through a more targeted approach in programming wherever possible as well as through appropriate training for committee members and other volunteers.