Information fair hailed as community builder

November 13, 2017
Residents were very engaged during the information fair in Stony Hill, St Andrew, recently.

A recent information fair hosted by the Stony Hill police in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is being hailed as a community builder.

A section of the Fesco Gas Station in Stony Hill Square was transformed into a mini information hub recently.

Several government agencies were on hand to interact with and enlighten residents on various social aspects of life and community.

The afternoon session was brought to a close with a gospel concert, which saw performances from the JCF choir, JCF band and others.

Oneil Robinson told THE STAR that, "It's a good initiative. I heard about it through a friend, and I'm glad I was able to attend. Stony Hill needs things like these to help and build the community. I collected brochures and will give to my friends who did not get a chance to learn firsthand."

Agencies such as Transport Authority, Social development Commission, Restorative Justice (Ministry of Justice), Rent Assessment Board and National Land Agency were educating the gathering when our news team arrived.

Inspector Harrison of the Stony Hill police told our news team that the objectives were met as the day progressed.

He said, "In the areas of property rental, transportation and dispute resolution, a lot of sensitisation was done. It went well, and I think the objective was met. The gospel concert was good also, the JCF choir and JCF band and other residents participated."

Manager for the Fesco Stony Hill branch, Nicholas McGaw, told our news team that his decision lend his premises was born out of the need to help the youth and elders in a fast growing community.

"We have been in Stony Hill for 30 years, and we always give back to the community and try to assist in any possible way that we can for positive influencing events, anything informational," he told THE STAR.

Sashee-Na Johnson-Boyd of the SDC told THE STAR that a lot more persons could have benefited from the event as the idea was to engage the wider community with activities and share information.

"That is the culture of this space. You don't find a lot of persons coming out especially in the day," she said.

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