REACH
Second REACH Grant Distribution for 2019

Group photo! The REACH Grant recipients pose for a group photo with the Honourable Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary in the THA (centre, seated), Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington (right, seated) and Mrs. Dianne Baker-Henry (left, seated).

In its second grant distribution for the year of 2019, the Realization for Economic Achievement (R.E.A.C.H) Unit, under the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development held a ceremony for the 33 male and female young entrepreneurs from various communities throughout Tobago. The R.E.A.C.H Grant Distribution Ceremony was held on Thursday 21st November, 2019 at the Division’s Head Office, Habib Building, Wilson Road, Scarborough.

 
New REACH Screening Committee Installed

REACH Committee Installed! From left: Mr. Vaughns Taylor, Ms. Shauna Arnold, Ms. Karessa Wilson, Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, Mrs. Dianne Baker-Henry, Ms. Curniscia Callender and Mr. Sherwin Jordan.

Members of the new Realisation of Economic Achievement (REACH) Screening Committee received their instruments of appointment at a brief ceremony held at the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development’s Head Office, Wilson Road, Scarborough Tobago.

In her remarks, Dr. Carrington briefed the Committee members on her expectation. She said “you are expected to facilitate and account for the investment made in our communities.” She also explained “it is not my intent for persons to sit on the committee for sitting sake but for you nto be diligent in the task at hand”. She further implored the members to take their roles seriously because their diligent work will “contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged persons.” 

Mrs. Dianne Baker Henry in her brief remarks welcomed the committee and said “I expect a high level of ethical behaviour to be exercised and I look forward to a fruitful year together.” Mrs. Davis expressed her heartfelt thanks for the confidence placed in her to lead the Committee. She also said “I look forward to working together to fulfill the mandate of the REACH Unit.

The Screening Committee will serve for a period of one (1) year and will preside over grant applications made at the REACH Unit. The REACH Unit focuses on empowerment and poverty eradication among the poor and vulnerable in communities throughout Tobago, to assist them to gain economic independence and self-sufficiency. The Unit offers grants worth $7,500.00, to establish small businesses, training for clients to properly manage their businesses and opportunities for clients to sell and market their products.

The composition of the new REACH Screening Committee are as follows:

·     Ms. Karessa Wilson  Chairman

·     Mr. Sherwin Jordan  Deputy Chairman

·     Ms. Shauna Arnold  Member

·     Mr. Vaughns Taylor  Member

·     Ms. Curniscia Callender  Member

 
Seed Grants provided to 50 Persons to Start Small Businesses

Group shot with all the grant recipients.

The Project for the Realisation of Economic Achievement (REACH) Unit under the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development hosted a Grant Distribution Ceremony earlier today 26th March, 2019 at the Scarborough Library, where 50 persons received seed grants to establish small businesses. A total of $375,000.00 in grants were distributed. Areas of business for these recipients include: animal husbandry, hair and beauty care, arbory, food processing, agro processing, auto car care, wood work, garment construction, food preparation and electrical installation.

The Honourable Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary of Tobago House of Assembly; Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development; Mrs. Dianne Baker-Henry, Administrator in the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development and Mr. Jason Nancis, Business Development Officer, REACH Unit were all in attendance and delivered brief remarks.

Additionally, the ceremony was held under the International Women’s Day campaign theme “#BalanceforBetter”. As such, two previous female grant recipients were on site to showcase and sell some of their products, which were all hand made. Ms. Marlene Stanisclaus displayed her products in wool production and Mrs. Beverly Blackman – Mark showcased her art and craft products. Mrs. Stanisclaus can be contacted at 327-6624 and Mrs. Mark can be contacted at 724-3628.

The REACH Unit focuses on empowerment and poverty eradication among the poor and vulnerable in communities throughout Tobago, to assist them to gain economic independence and self-sufficiency. The Unit offers grants worth $7,500.00, to establish small businesses, training for clients to properly manage their businesses and opportunities for clients to sell and market their products.

 
12 receive REACH funding

REACH clients pose for a photo with the Chief Secretary after receiving their grants

The REACH (Realisation for Economic Achievement) Unit, under the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development held its first grant distribution ceremony for 2017 at the Division’s Head Office at Glen Road on Tuesday 21st November. On hand to distribute the cheques and offer some words of encouragement was the Honourable Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly.

Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development stated that the social programme has had a positive impact to Tobagonians who need financial assistance on the road to becoming small business owners. She said, ‘The REACH is one of our social programmes established in 1984 which provides financial assistance or seed capital to small business owners. Over the past years, $2.3 million dollars have been distributed to over 600 recipients.’

Recipients of the REACH grants came from all districts – from Charlotteville  to Canaan/ Bon Accord to the intimate ceremony. Tobago’s newest entrepreneurs would begin offering their products and services to the public which range from landscaping, to hair and beauty, to food services, and even, animal husbandry. A total of 27 grants were approved by the newly installed Committee, ably led by Ms. Carissa Wilson.

‘The Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development in its efforts to improve lives of the citizens who have a good business idea and who require start-up funds has provided persons with the opportunity to do so,’ the Secretary added. It was further noted that the Division would be monitoring the progress of the business owners to ensure that their goals are met and that assistance would be given where there are challenges.

Also in attendance at the grant distribution ceremony was Ms. Karen Ottley, Administrator in the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Assemblyman Marisha Osmond, Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Chief Secretary, and the members of the REACH Committee.

 
Appointment of REACH Committee

Members of the newly installed REACH Committee take a photo with the Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development

The Realisation of Economic Achievement (REACH), under the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development held an Appointment Ceremony for the REACH Committee on Tuesday 25th July, 2017 at the Division's Head Office.

The REACH Unit focuses on community empowerment and poverty eradication among the poor and vulnerable in communities in Tobago; and assists these persons in gaining economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Also present at the ceremony was Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington who gave the instrument of appointments to the six member committee.

 
Practical Marketing for REACH clients

A REACH client accepts her certificate from the Secretary of Health
Marketing is considered to be one of the most important aspects in the management of a business since it promotes growth and income and it is also one of the 7 P's in the Marketing Mix. This, and other key information on Practical Marketing for Entrepreneurs, was taught during the REACH Unit's three day long course specifically targeted for their clients. The session was held at the COMDEV Building, Montessori Drive from 2nd-4th August, 2016.

 
REACH Grant Distribution

Secretary of Health and Social Services takes a pictures with some of the recipients of the REACH grant.

On Tuesday 12th May, 2015, the REACH Unit, under the Division of Health and Social Services, hosted a function to distribute grants to persons whom they believed to be qualified and assisted them in taking the first steps to becoming small business entrepreneurs. This is one of the main goals of the REACH Unit in order to ensure the growth of the business sector on the island of Tobago.

 
REACH Workshop

The REACH participants and the facilitator Ms. Claire de Riggs-Jones
Costing and Pricing. This was the workshop hosted by the REACH programme, under the Division of Health and Social Services, at the Anne Mitchell-Gift Auditorium at the Scarborough Library on 23rd and 24th March, 2015. Budding entrepreneurs and young business enthusiasts were given some insights and pertinent information that will assist them in documenting and calculating the costing and pricing for their goods and services. 

Facilitator for the two-day hands-on workshop was Ms. Claire de Riggs-Jones,  who brought her expertise and wealth of knowledge, worked in groups and had one-on-one sessions with the partipants. 

At the end of day two of the workshop, some participants were shaking their heads in disbelief of the fact that they were doing the wrong calculations for such a long time. Others thanked the staff of the REACH programme for the opportunity and suggested that it, and other workshops, be offered.

 
47 REACH Recipients receive Grants!

REACH recipients, its Committee members and the Secretary of Health and Social Services
On Thursday 20th November, 2014, the REACH Unit, a programme under the Division of Health and Soical Services hosted, a ceremony where 47 persons received grants in order to assist with their dreams of becoming Entrepreneurs. 

The REACH Unit, in its bid to remain relevant to the development of the people of Tobago had ascribed itself,l targets to ensure that the overall goals have been attained and that the programme was meeting the needs of the persons whom it served. Thanks to the REACH Unit, 55 businesses would have been established in the financial year 2013-2014, amounting to approximately $412,500.00 and are aiming to fund 150 over the course of the present financial year.

The Division of Health and Social Services wishes to congratulate the recipients on the progress made on their journey to become the latest of Tobago's newest entrepreneurs! It is hoped that this will be the stepping stone for future progress and development not just for these reciepients, but for those willing to be a part the REACH programme.
 

 
Second REACH Grant Distribution for 2014!

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On Monday 16th September, 2014 the REACH Unit under the Division of Health and Social Services distributed funds to their clients as a start to their entrepreneurship dreams. Secretary of Health and Social Services, Assemblyman Claudia Groome-Duke, Assistant Secretary of Health and Social Services, Assemblyman Sheldon Cunningham and members of the REACH Board were present at the distribution ceremony.

The REACH program continues in its drive to promote self employment, entrepreneurship and encourage the establishment of micro business.The REACH program, in total for the financial year, has assisted in the fifty-three (53) ventures with a dollar value of $397,500.

Also present at the distribution ceremony was the Director of Social Services, Ms. Lennis Scipio and members of staff of the Division of Health and Social Services.